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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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Re: RE: Local Conditions
I live at 6500ft in Castle Rock (a bit east of LCW). We received about 10" of heavy wet snow. I suspect LCW received 12" at least. The warm up is going to be a bit slow this week and s...

In Post-Trip Reports » Lost Creek Wilderness 5/6-8/2014
May 12, 9:13pm

Re: Re: Where would you setup camp in this picture
Good point Gary about the general brevity of the intense part of storms in our home state. In some cases, perhaps the best choice is just put my poncho on, find trees for short term protection and...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Where would you setup camp in this picture
May 12, 5:00pm

Where would you setup camp in this picture
I haven't had a lot of experience camping near treeline. One of my questions for those that have is how you handle thunderstorms. I have read through many threads about peoples approach to li...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Where would you setup camp in this picture
May 12, 8:44am

Re: LaSportiva
I tried both Wildcats and Cascadia on in the store and went with the Wildcats since the sole was stiffer/harder. For running or backpacking where you may have rocky ground I wanted some protection...

In GEAR » Brooks Cascadia 9 vs LaSportiva Wild Cats 2.0
May 10, 7:41am

Comparison with Titanium
I own the Big Dig Titanium trowel and now own the Deuce of Spades. They both weigh exactly the same, however, the Deuce is much more rigid and therefore more effective.

In GEAR » What do you think of your Deuce of Spades?
May 03, 11:40pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Would a simple A-frame tarp provide suitable weather protection for a PCT thru hike?
Honestly, given the parameters you provided I think I would just stick with the Double Rainbow. You know it will work and the weight savings with a large bug inner under a Tarp will negate a good ...

In GEAR » Would a simple A-frame tarp provide suitable weather protection for a PCT thru hike?
April 28, 7:09pm

Miles Gear Uber Bivy
For Alpine only where space, performance in high wind, speed and simplicity are desired, I would consider this

In GEAR » Bivy or Duomid for speed treks
April 25, 11:12pm

Re: Hiking with plantar's wart
You just need to get it removed. My wife had one, it requires out patient surgery to completely remove it. The bad part is it will keep you off your feet for a few weeks while it heals.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hiking with plantar's wart
April 17, 10:10am

Sam Houston National Forest
Surprised no one has mentioned Sam Houston National Forest. From Austin, it's about a 3 hour drive but if you check the first link out below you can see a map of the Lone Star Trail. The seco...

In Philosophy & Technique » Wild Camping in the US - advice for an Englishman, please!
April 10, 4:32pm

Re: Re: Attn: Boulder, CO area people!
Enjoyed the discussion tonight. Unfortunately I didn't get to stay around too long afterwards to enjoy a pint at Southern Sun. Thanks Paul and to the excellent panel!

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Attn: Boulder, CO area people!
April 08, 10:55pm

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