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Elliott Wolin (ewolin) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Hampton Roads, Virginia
About Me I am a 59 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
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All Forum Posts by Elliott Wolin

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RE: Bragging about my kids (hiking)
I recall with our kids (youngest now in graduate school) that bribing was essential. They each would carry a bag of "energy" in their little daypacks (along with a stuffed animal and may...

In Chaff » Bragging about my kids (hiking)
July 31, 7:12pm

RE: Thick-reseable Garbage Bags
You can get resealable poly bags in all kinds of sizes and thicknesses, the problem is quantity. You'll have to look around for someone who sells them in smaller quantities unless you want hun...

In GEAR » Thick-reseable Garbage Bags
July 30, 12:41pm

How do you inflate your air mattess?
A while ago we got some Neoair short air mattresses, pretty cheap on a clearance because I think the model was discontinued. Our next trip is in late Sep. Anyway, I tried blowing it up myself and...

In GEAR » How do you inflate your air mattess?
July 30, 11:01am

RE: side/belly quilt sleepers: stopping the chimney effect
My wife and I always share a two-person quilt, so the draft problem around the top is worse than with a one-person quilt, especially since we usually sleep under tarps. As it gets colder we firs...

In GEAR » side/belly quilt sleepers: stopping the chimney effect?
July 30, 10:54am

RE: Old school metal cups
The pan says it's made in Japan so this kit may be a knockoff. But I'm pretty sure I've had it since the 1960's. The cup weighs 30g, pot w/lid 119g, pot alone 91g, dish 75g, pan 99g.

In GEAR » Old school metal cups
July 28, 1:52pm

RE: Old school metal cups
My old Boy Scout Aluminum cup weighs 30g. It came from a circa 1965 Boy Scout mess kit. The all-Aluminum kit includes a fry pan with handle (lost the handle, alas), a deep plate, 1-pint kettle an...

In GEAR » Old school metal cups
July 28, 11:36am

RE: stupid light
On one of my first hikes after seeing the "light" I skipped liner socks and just wore one pair of medium Smartwool socks with my light hikers. I hadn't developed a blister in years, ...

In Chaff » stupid light
July 19, 11:27am

Pain and misery?
I just checked out a number of trail reports on the web for the PCT between Snoqualmie pass and Stevens pass, a hike my wife and I are considering in the next couple of years. A large majority of ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Pain and misery?
July 16, 12:54pm

RE: how many of you do solo trips?
I have never gone on a solo backpacking trip. Like Paul, the vast majority of the time my wife comes too, as she likes backpacking as much or more than I do. When she doesn't come at least ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » how many of you do solo trips?
June 28, 2:50pm

Re: Questions on hiking upto Camp Muir (first timer at Mt. Rainier)
Just to be absolutely clear, the trip from Muir to the summit requires glacier travel experience and equipment, especially knowledge of crevasse rescue. It is technical in the sense that you must ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Questions on hiking upto Camp Muir (first timer at Mt. Rainier)
June 27, 7:24pm

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