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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: Waterproofing the bottom of down booties
Try the stuff used to recoat waterproof tent fabrics. Kenyon Recoat, McNett TentSure, there are others. They don't add much weight and they mostly soak into the fabric so it doesn't becom...

In GEAR » Waterproofing the bottom of down booties?
September 10, 11:29am

RE: How Much Extra Food? If Any
It should be obvious, but to be absolutely clear: Although a lot of people seem to agree on about 1 1/2 lbs/food/day/person, this only works if the food is fairly calorie-dense (e.g. dried or de...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » How Much Extra Food? If Any?
August 28, 10:57am

RE: How Much Extra Food? If Any
We started by packing almost 2 lbs/person/day and gradually figured out how to drop it down to 1 1/2 lbs by trial and error. In the beginning we had extra food at the end, so we modified food on t...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » How Much Extra Food? If Any?
August 27, 2:54pm

RE: Portion sizes for home dehydrated dinners
Not sure about 1.5 lbs/day at altitude, but many people use about the same amount for regular hiking. Much of the food is dense so you don't feel like you are eating that much (home-made fruit...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Portion sizes for home dehydrated dinners?
August 20, 7:28am

RE: Portion sizes for home dehydrated dinners
We don't work out portion sizes, but we do weigh the total amount of food. We take between 1.5-1.75 lbs/person/day. If everything is fully dried then 1.5 lbs/day/person, more if we bring he...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Portion sizes for home dehydrated dinners?
August 19, 4:07pm

RE: Ray Way Tarp Dimensions
I think the second post really meant that the covered area is 106" x 92" with the given pitch angle. It's not clear if this is the total covered area or the usable area with the ridg...

In GEAR » Ray Way Tarp Dimensions
August 14, 11:07am

RE: What are the most useful inexpensive items you carry?
For the MYOG crowd: - no-see-um, silnylon and mesh stuff sacks from leftover scraps - wind shirts and pants from 1.1 ripstop on clearance (so what if the color is weird!) - hiking and x-c skii...

In GEAR » What are the most useful inexpensive items you carry?
July 27, 7:20pm

Re: I am BPL my hiking buddy is BPH
James: Wow, you've got mutant feet! ;-) I have problems as well, my feet are flat and wide. If I can't find wide shoes I have to go with a large size, which generally works out ok ...

In Philosophy & Technique » I am BPL my hiking buddy is BPH
July 27, 11:13am

RE: I am BPL my hiking buddy is BPH
James wrote: "...tried trail runners, and went back to boots. I did the same after three tries with runners. (They do not work well in the ADK's.) " Having used low-cut lightwe...

In Philosophy & Technique » I am BPL my hiking buddy is BPH
July 26, 12:20pm

RE: Unusual (and expensive) item that you consider worth it
Maybe not so unusual, but my new Sony RX-100 was expensive. Also 1/4 pound lighter and a better lens than my previous camera (Canon G5). I have no interest in bringing a real expensive SLR (I don...

In GEAR » Unusual (and expensive) item that you consider worth it
July 25, 12:19pm

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