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Elliott Wolin (ewolin) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Hampton Roads, Virginia
About Me I am a 60 year old Ph.D research physicist. With the kids gone we can occasionally afford to fly off to other parts of the country for backpacking and kayaking trips. I dream of going to Nepal, the Alps, and New Zealand, or back to Alaska.

I make a lot of my own UL equipment: pyramid tent, tarps, net tents, quilts, wind shirts and pants, jackets, kayaking gear, etc.

UL kayak camping is great, you get a real advantage over traditional paddlers who take everything, including the kitchen sink.
CityWilliamsburg
StateVA
CountryUSA
My Website URLhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ewolin

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All Forum Posts by Elliott Wolin

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RE: warning to you myog newbies
Yes, I became the seamster (I looked it up, it really is a word) for the entire family, my wife doesn't like to sew. It never bothered me, I keep thinking how much money we're saving by no...

In Make Your Own Gear » warning to you myog newbies
December 16, 9:49am

RE: stiffening vents
I used some thin poly tubing, the milky-white stuff you can get at a hardware store (not the clear stuff), in a vent in a large pyramid tent. Worked great.

In Make Your Own Gear » stiffening vents
December 11, 10:44am

RE: Becoming disoriented in the woods
I have another bad habit of not paying attention to where I'm going in nice conditions, and I walk off the trail on occasion. One beautiful spring day I was the last of four of us heading ba...

In Philosophy & Technique » Becoming disoriented in the woods
December 05, 2:47pm

RE: Becoming disoriented in the woods
I had a similar experience on the way down from Camp Muir in a whiteout many years ago. A small herd path in the snow was relatively easy to follow, and eventually we came to what looked like ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Becoming disoriented in the woods
December 04, 3:55pm

RE: Can I Cook in my Tent
Two related questions arose while reading this very nice article: 1) Years ago I purchased some sort of fire paste in a tube that was used to prime white gas stoves in the winter. You squeezed ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Can I Cook in my Tent?
December 03, 1:33pm

Becoming disoriented in the woods
Although I've been backpacking and hiking for 43 years now (!), and have never gotten lost, I have a confession to make: If I'm in dense or even not-so-dense woods without any distinguishi...

In Philosophy & Technique » Becoming disoriented in the woods
December 02, 12:26pm

RE: cheap and light winter sleeping systems
I too have had good success using a 2-person 3-season quilt under a 2-person summer quilt. I made the latter extra wide and long for just this reason. Heavier and bulkier than a pricey winter bag...

In GEAR » cheap and light winter sleeping systems
December 01, 2:47pm

most miserable cold night!
I used to carry this, it can run on an ounce or two of white gas. Don't recall using it often, but it sure was warm!

In GEAR » most miserable cold night!
November 21, 6:59pm

RE: most miserable cold night!
Way back in the early 1970's my winter camping instructor also suggested always going to bed warm. He said to run around or do squats or whatever if you get cold prior to getting into your...

In GEAR » most miserable cold night!
November 21, 12:34pm

RE: Let's talk about the advantages of being a single female backpacker for a change
"I suspect that women who broadcast their fear through body language are far more likely to be victimized." A self-defense instructor I know said the same thing. Men in jail who had a...

In Philosophy & Technique » Let's talk about the advantages of being a single female backpacker for a change....
November 21, 12:26pm

All Reader Reviews by Elliott Wolin

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Sierra Designs customer service
A number of years ago I pulled out my SD Dome tent right before a camping trip (original model, very light 4-season 3-person tent for 1980, under 7 lbs) and found that the shock cords in the poles had...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
August 05, 10:22am

Rollei 35 SE
I purchased a 35LED right after it came out in the late 1970's. The first model had a faulty on/off switch and they replaced it for free. From that day on I had nothing but praise for the little...

In Photography - Hiking & Backpacking Cameras
July 23, 1:44pm

Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide -Andrew Skurka book
Just read it and strongly agree with previous reviews. Having also just read UL Backpacking Tips by Clelland, which advocates pushing to the limit of UL, I was pleased to see that Skurka disagreed wi...

In Books and Media
July 10, 1:39pm

The Ray-Way Tarp Book Essential
This is a completely revised and greatly expanded version of Jardine's original Tarp Book. The first version was as much a tutorial and instruction manual on how to sew a Ray-Way tarp as a discuss...

In Books and Media
November 13, 12:32pm

Marmot Marmot
The coating on my Precip jacket started flaking off around the neck and shoulders (my wife's is fine, purchased the same time, used about the same amount which is not much). Got an RA number, s...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
May 02, 3:08pm

Gregory Customer Support
I purchased a Gregory Snow Creek around 1981. It was one of the best packs available then (5 1/2 lbs). I added a lumbar support pad soon after, for no particularly good reason. Fast forward to 201...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
August 20, 5:59pm

Therm-A-Rest Pro Lite 3
We've been using the Prolite 3 short (13 oz, latest model 11 oz) for a few years now with great success on all sorts of surfaces from wooden lean-to floors and hard-pan car camping sites to soft d...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
December 03, 2:22pm

Golite Pinnacle Pack
My wife borrowed my daughter's new woman's Golite Pinnacle pack for our 4-day trip down the Grand Canyon (mid-Nov 2009). She was very happy with it, and found it perfectly comfortable for our...

In Backpacks - Frameless
November 28, 8:08pm

Coleman Customer Service
Turned on my Coleman Powermax Exponent Xtreme and the knob did nothing. Discovered the valve was stuck and the spline threads on the knob got stripped. Removed the knob, freed the stuck valve, opene...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
November 06, 7:34pm

GoLite GoLite customer service
The seam tape on a Golite waterproof/breathable jacket started lifting off after a few uses. Sent it back and they quickly offered a free replacement. Alternatively, they offered a credit equal to t...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
September 03, 7:36am