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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.
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All Forum Posts by Elliott Wolin

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RE: Winter backpacking: Hike nights, sleep days
I too had a problem route-finding at night in winter. In the early 1970's we drove to the Adirondacks relatively late and hiked part of the way by moonlight. Our route was up a wide, well-u...

In Philosophy & Technique » Winter backpacking: Hike nights, sleep days?
November 21, 11:13am

RE: Looking for a 4 ounce folding saw
Am I missing something, can't your original saw be resharpened?

In GEAR » Looking for a 4 ounce folding saw
November 20, 10:59am

RE: What have you been finding at thrift stores
I'm getting very jealous reading these posts! I drop in on thrift stores with some regularity and almost never find anything of value for the outdoors. Maybe living in southern Virginia has...

In GEAR » What have you been finding at thrift stores?
November 11, 10:37am

RE: Camera Recommendations
Although you mentioned less than $400, for not too much more you can get the very highly rated Sony RX-100. Zeiss lens, excellent quality photographs, about 8 oz. I too want something better than...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Camera Recommendations
November 05, 7:33pm

RE: Your view on draft proofing a quilt
Someone asked for pictures of my draft-stoppers, here they are. Finished width is about 6 1/2", I guess the raw width was about 1 1/2" or 2" more to account for the hemmed outside e...

In Make Your Own Gear » Your view on draft proofing a quilt
November 02, 12:21pm

RE: Trail shoes for wide, flat feet
Not the lightest on the market, but my wife and I have been happy with Merrell Moab Ventilators for many years. They make half-sizes and they come in regular and wide. My pair of 11W have a nice,...

In GEAR » Trail shoes for wide, flat feet
November 02, 11:45am

Re: Sleeping pad takes forever to inflate with bag. Any alternatives
We tried an Instaflator on a recent trip (6 or 7 nights, some in campgrounds), seemed to work fine. I almost always land up inflating both of our pads. It's a bit fragile, but if you are gent...

In GEAR » Sleeping pad takes forever to inflate with bag. Any alternatives?
October 25, 11:22am

RE: The Wonderland Trail
Some years back you could mail (USPS) food boxes to some of the ranger stations near the trail. I recall we mailed large boxes (there were five of us) to Mowich and Longmire (we started at White R...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Wonderland Trail
October 23, 7:11pm

RE: Beginner to winter backpacking...need help with layering"
Years ago I camped in the Adirondacks to well below 0F. I recall -12F and maybe -20F. I believer Colin Fletcher wrote in The Complete Walker that while winter camping lunch begins immediately a...

In Winter Hiking » Beginner to winter backpacking...need help with layering
October 22, 11:10am

Re: Your view on draft proofing a quilt
My quilts are all 1.1 oz ripstop surrounding various types of insulation. I use 1.1 oz ripstop for the draft stoppers as well.

In Make Your Own Gear » Your view on draft proofing a quilt
October 18, 1:51pm

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