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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: sharing the fun
Seems there are two types of people: those who will put up with lots of annoyances and discomfort to be out in natural settings for long periods, and those for whom the discomforts and annoyances ...

In Philosophy & Technique » sharing the fun
August 22, 10:54am

RE: People's experiences with warranties
I too have had only good experiences, e.g. with SD, MSR, Thermarest, REI, Marmot, GG, etc. There are lots of posts about this in the Review section on companies. It makes sense for a serious co...

In GEAR » People's experiences with warranties?
August 20, 10:23am

RE: The trail food you just can't stand
Wheat-Tex TVP-based vegetarian backpacker's meal, in the 1980's, despite my huge appetite back then I went to sleep hungry. I haven't tried TVP since!

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » The trail food you just can't stand.
August 18, 11:06am

RE: MYOG head net
We just put the headnet over a hat with a brim to keep it off our face. I prefer a hat with a full brim all around (e.g. Tilley style) so no netting touches me anywhere.

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG head net
August 18, 11:01am

RE: What is your favorite base layer
I'm ultra-cheap! I just use whatever Campmor or STP has on sale. Seems to work fine, maybe not the lightest or most durable, but good enough and at around $5, who cares. Note that in the p...

In GEAR » What is your favorite base layer?
August 13, 10:44am

RE: Hotel shoescamp shoes
We're happy with Sprint Aquatics as well, agree with everything previous post said, especially about sizing up!

In GEAR » "Hotel" shoescamp shoes
August 12, 10:31am

RE: What's your favorite green tea?
Green tea is good, but I like Oolong better. It's sort of half-way between green and black, more robust flavor than green, not as strong as black. Call me crazy...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » What's your favorite green tea?
August 10, 11:46am

Re: dehyrdrating my own food
We found the same trend concerning drying for many other things. We used to dry cherries, now you can get dried ones in Costco cheaper. Same for (canned) peach halves, apricots, even jerky (altho...

In Make Your Own Gear » dehyrdrating my own food
August 09, 5:20pm

RE: Checking food when backpacking
We've checked luggage full of dried and freeze-dried food many times, no problems. Be careful about stoves, some carriers won't allow a liquid gas fuel container, even if it's empty....

In Pre-Trip Planning » Checking food when backpacking
August 06, 12:19pm

RE: 10 "Essentials
Valerie, I totally agree. I too used to play outside all day in hot NYC summers without a thought concerning water, and guess what, I got thirsty. And when I got home, I drank something. And...

In GEAR » 10 "Essentials"
July 16, 6:56pm

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