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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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Longs Peak is a terrible idea
Sorry, IMO camping in the Boulder field is simply a very bad idea on your first unacclimated night. Longs Peak itself is not a backpack trip, it's a climb and doubtful that it is what you were...

In Post-Trip Reports » Lots of questions about Rocky Mountain National Park
May 06, 1:57pm

Great advice about underinflating your air pad
Great point David, I only recently learned the valuable tip of bleeding some air from my pad until my hip just touched. Such a great technique to allow the air mattress to actually conform properl...

In GEAR » I don't sleep well when camping...
May 03, 6:00pm

I am a side sleeper and sleep well
If you are a side sleeper like I am you need something like the Big Agnes Insulated Air Core. The inflation of it results in about a 2" depth of the pad, and the greater volume of confined ai...

In GEAR » I don't sleep well when camping...
May 02, 8:05pm

Bear Canisters
FYI, I sent an email to the RMNP Rangers asking about Bear Canisters. Unfortunately, they don't accept the Ursack container. Not sure if that would be a factor in your decision. I hate those...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Fort Collins, Colorado
May 01, 7:16pm

Remember where you are at.
Very important to know your route for the day. The key in Colorado is making sure you are below treeline in the Afternoon. I have ducked under a large Spruce tree a number of times and stayed bon...

In GEAR » Houdini for summer (CO) rain?
May 01, 5:45pm

Suggestions
Definitely look at trails in Rocky Mountain National Park. In May the tourists haven't arrived yet, however, you may be dealing with snow in sections. Here is a link to a detailed trail map o...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Fort Collins, Colorado
May 01, 9:00am

FS Marmot EcoPro 15 Sleeping Bag
Full description and specs here http://www.blueskyoutfitter.com/item.php?p=5313&t=52&c=56 Bag has only been used about 5 times. In excellent/like new condition, recently gently wash...

In Gear Swap » FS Marmot EcoPro 15 Sleeping Bag
April 30, 6:20pm

Not sure you going to get lighter
I am your same height and have the GoLite Poncho Tarp and Marmot Atom as well. That's a pretty light setup already. I think you are very fortunate to not have been caught in windy/rainy condi...

In Philosophy & Technique » Dumb luck? (I carry poncho tarp & down bag, no bivy)
April 28, 7:58pm

Re: Marmot Driclim
I second the Marmot Driclim windshirt. It does have a very mild amount of insulation (not just a shell) but not much. IMO it's an excellent lightweight choice and is my primary outer layer wh...

In GEAR » Need Help w/ UL Wind Jacket...
April 28, 12:21pm

GoLite Poncho Tarp Configurations
Having recently acquired the GoLite Poncho Tarp I would like to resurrect this thread and solicit any additional setup pictures from anyone with this particular tarp. This is a great thread and ha...

In GEAR » setting up Golite poncho tarp
April 28, 12:15pm

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