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Elliott Wolin (ewolin) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Hampton Roads, Virginia
About Me I am a 61 year old PhD 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.
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All Forum Posts by Elliott Wolin

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Re: Stove fuel usage
Based on experience from numerous trips using canister stoves I concur with 15 ml per person per day for cooking/simmering and some extra water for drinks/washing. Maybe 12 ml/p/day for one-pot me...

In GEAR » Stove fuel usage
April 07, 3:35pm

Re: Wash Yer Down People!!!!
I too am always surprised how much dirt appears when washing puffy down and synthetic bags, jackets, vests, etc. And how much loft is regained...often the item appears to be good as new after wash...

In GEAR » Wash Yer Down People!!!!
April 06, 10:13am

RE: Iridium GO! First Look
May have been mentioned earlier in this thread, but although I don't care what people do privately in the woods, what I really dislike is: CELL PHONE SHOUT ON TOP OF A MOUNTAIN OR OTHER BEAU...

In Editor's Roundtable » Iridium GO! First Look
April 03, 1:09pm

Re: Would you buy this tent
A cautionary tale concerning cheap tents. Some friends purchased an inexpensive six-person tent, perhaps from Walmart. On the first trip it started raining and they said the fly started leaking a...

In GEAR » Would you buy this tent?
April 02, 11:53am

RE: two person ultralight quilts
Synthetic quilts are really easy to make, and the materials are inexpensive and easy to find (e.g. They make a great first-time project. A couple of companies sell kits, I got one ...

In GEAR » two person ultralight quilts
March 31, 1:57pm

Re: Showing an Afghan vet my UL gear today
Another great introductory book is Trail Life by Jardine. The previous version (Beyond Backpacking) is what got me backpacking again after a 20 year break. I figured I couldn't handle the loa...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Showing an Afghan vet my UL gear today
March 28, 1:31pm

Cold acclimation/adaptation - good or bad?
Some friends used to wear summer clothing way into the fall and even winter, supposedly to toughen themselves up for mountaineering trips. I've always wondered if this was a good idea. Some...

In Philosophy & Technique » Cold acclimation/adaptation - good or bad?
March 21, 1:46pm

RE: FLYWEIGHT KNIVES---Damn Fine Titanium Knives!
Mine just arrived, 0.7 oz incl. velcro sheath. Finally we'll be able to cook with a decent sized knife. My wife always complains that the blade of my Gerber Ultralight is too small for cookin...

In Gear Deals » FLYWEIGHT KNIVES---Damn Fine Titanium Knives!
March 20, 1:25pm

Re: Dividing gear with significant other
Our strategy is somewhat different. First, we never get separated. We did this when backpacking with our kids, where she would be in front, me in the rear and the kids in between, typically s...

In GEAR » Dividing gear with significant other
March 20, 9:52am

Attaching ventilation tube to tent wall
I'm looking for ideas for how to sew a cylindrical ventilation tube to a flat tent wall. This is for some bothy bags I'm making. All ideas are welcome, pictures would be even better.....

In Make Your Own Gear » Attaching ventilation tube to tent wall
March 19, 11:48am

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