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Randy Martin (randalmartin) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Colorado
About Me My primary pursuits are mountaineering (hiking with the goal of a summit) but I am beginning to re-kindle my love of Backpacking. In particular I have become a big fan of the Ultralight approach and love this website. I seem to be in a perpetual state of shelter/sleep system evaluation. My current setup for shelter is a GG SpinnTwinn with YMG Bug Bivy 1.0 (summer) or Katabatic Bristlecone Bivy(colder). Sleep system is Katabatic Chisos 40 degree quilt with Neoair short.
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All Forum Posts by Randy Martin

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I have been plenty warm when using my MH Powerstretch Balaclava (Fleece) into the 20's.

In GEAR » What quilt ?
May 22, 9:57pm

Re: Re: Rain jacket vs poncho
"So, for essentially....the same weight, but full coverage of a rain suit." Not quite, you now don't have any coverage of your pack itself aside from a pack liner you might have to...

In GEAR » Rain jacket vs poncho
May 22, 5:45pm

Golite Poncho - Half Pyramid
I think there are a couple of examples of the half pyramid on this thread but wanted to add a third because the pitch below shows it in a storm capable pitch (i.e., to the ground) and because I thi...

In GEAR » setting up Golite poncho tarp
May 22, 5:36pm

Bristlecone Bivy
I own the Bristlecone Bivy Regular and use the Big Agnes IAC sleeping pad Regular 72" X 20" X 2.5" and have a Marmot Atom 40 degree down bag Regular 72" long. I have plenty of ...

In GEAR » Pinon/Bristlecone Katabatic Bivy fits 2.5" Pad and WM Antelope?
May 22, 8:51am

REI Minimalist bivy without a tarp
The main purpose of the Tarp is rain protection for the Bivy and for your gear. However, given that you don't encounter that much you could probably use a rain jacket draped over the mesh part...

In GEAR » Using a bivy without tarp
May 21, 4:05pm

Re: Good list
"*Keep the toilet paper, skip the trowel." What do you dig your cat hole with?

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » My 2011 JMT Gear List
May 21, 11:17am

Deadfall along Hankins Pass trail
The Trip Report on (link in one of my earlier posts above) was done in June of 2010. Towards the bottom of that trip report is the following "If I have one major complaint about the...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Goose Creek TH Loop Map
May 21, 10:54am

Deadfall along Hankins Pass trail
I have read quite a bit about deadfall all along the Hankins Pass section of the trail. How long is the stretch with significant deadfall? Just how bad is it? Trying to get a sense of how much e...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Goose Creek TH Loop Map
May 21, 7:32am

Waterproof bivy
"Isn't that kinda the same thing as being inside your tent without it being set up, albeit just a little more form-fitting" A little more form fitting? Try a lot more form fitting...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Tent fail this weekend
May 21, 6:44am

Capilene 2 or Nylon
Cap 2 breathes very very well but may snag if bushwhacking, Nylon is very durable but doesn't breath as well. So depends on what/where your doing.

In GEAR » Advice on choosing a hiking shirt?
May 20, 8:01pm

All Reader Reviews by Randy Martin

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Katabatic Gear Bristlecone (Regular Length, Wide Width)
I have had the Bristlecone Bivy for a year and really appreciate the side zipper for ease of entry/exit. The mesh is just right for breathability and views. The stake out loops are nice when you wan...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
May 15, 6:03pm

Marmot Atom
The bag is true to it's 40 degree rating and when I sleep with insulating layers on I have comfortably slept in this bag down to the upper 20's. If you are cold in this bag at 50 then I suspe...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
May 31, 1:59pm