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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: Should I Buy A Hexamid Solo?
In my opinion, unless you are doing a many multi-night backpacks or a through hike it's hard to justify dropping that kind of money on a 10oz improvement to your shelter. Clearly shelters are ...

In GEAR » Should I Buy A Hexamid Solo?
March 31, 4:55pm

Re: What is your bug solution?
MLD Bug Bivy if weight is of prime importance. Currently I own the YAMA Mountain Gear Bug shelter 1.0 and prefer the extra room it offers. I have owned/used both under my SpinnTwinn and highly re...

In GEAR » What is your bug solution?
March 30, 3:01pm

Expected Conditions --> Gear Selection
Rain vs Wind driven Rain. Often times the windy part of rain is the initial wave that comes and you can just take a break in some trees or behind a bush with your poncho on until the wave passes. ...

In GEAR » Rain Protection
March 28, 10:27am

Wow, this thread brings back memories of my parents ordering various kits from Frostline back in the 70s. My sister in law used to work there. Many nights my mom spent on the sewing machine putti...

In Make Your Own Gear » Does anyone remember Frostline kit down packets
March 26, 2:00am

Re: Backpacking solo
What are the thoughts that come when you cancel? Are you concerned about getting lost? getting injured? I am in a similar boat in that I want to do more solo backpacking, I just think when doin...

In Philosophy & Technique » Backpacking solo
March 21, 12:30pm

Re: Re: Colorado front range backpacking in early April???
I really would be suspect about planning any backpacking trip in early April in the mountains. You are just asking for miserable postholing. Lost Creek Wilderness is better in early May for the G...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Colorado front range backpacking in early April???
March 19, 10:29pm

Re: 2014 Gear List
Not sure why to bother putting food and water on your gear list? Those two things are so dependent on length/location of trip. Having said that you have 8 days worth of food in your weight. Is t...

In Gear Lists » 2014 Gear List
March 17, 10:56pm

Re: Eddie Bauer First Ascent Sirocco Windshirt Men's L/XL
I will add a personal comment and experience with this piece of gear. I love it. If you are looking for a windshirt without the big price then this is it. I bought a second when they stopped maki...

In Gear Swap » Eddie Bauer First Ascent Sirocco Windshirt Men's L/XL
March 17, 9:54pm

Re: MLD Grace tarp, lightest cat cut tarp?
Not sure if you have had experience with that small a tarp before but when I had the Golite Poncho Bivy which is close to 9X5 I found that I could keep out of the rain but couldn't do anything ...

In GEAR » MLD Grace tarp, lightest cat cut tarp?
March 17, 9:47pm

GG Spinntwinn
Nothing is quite so esthetic as a well pitched Cat cut tarp like my GG Spinntwinn, a classic UL shelter. Both photos taken today as I have the shelter up for testing in higher winds we are expecti...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What ONE piece of gear makes you smile and why
March 15, 10:33am

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