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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: Long-term storage of quilts
I know nothing about this, but some materials can take a set or undergo permanent deformation if stressed long enough. Maybe down and synthetics do, too. In any case I always stuff my quilts/ba...

In GEAR » Long-term storage of quilts
September 16, 2:18pm

RE: Food in other countries
Privet Irina, Google Translate didn't do the best job, perhaps this is why no one has responded yet. If you search the BPL archives you'll find lots of articles and postings concernin...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Food in other countries
September 03, 6:04pm

RE: Water treatment thoughts
As discussed and recommended in many places, one can use ClO2 to quickly kill the small stuff, then use an AquaMira Frontier Pro to filter out the hard-to-kill big stuff (i.e. Giarda and Cryptospor...

In GEAR » Water treatment thoughts
September 03, 5:03pm

RE: How important is pack weight to your overall experience?"
As with Mary D, I wouldn't be backpacking today if it weren't for the lightweight/UL revolution (and hiking poles!). After raising the kids and only doing car camping for two decades I&#...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How important is pack weight to your overall experience?
September 01, 10:08am

RE: Calorie Consumption
"All of the fires in Hades wouldn't be enough to burn off all of my body fat." "Never underestimate The Devil. ;0)" I could really use a reference to that Devil...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Calorie Consumption
August 29, 11:01am

RE: Taut-line hitch slipping on small cord
Another possibility, tie the guy lines to the stakes with a regular knot (bowline, half-hitches, etc), then just move the stake to tighten or loosen. Works best in non-rocky soil, of course.

In Philosophy & Technique » Taut-line hitch slipping on small cord
August 24, 8:50pm

RE: 1st night camping with tarp, what did I do wrong
I use larger, beaked tarps. When using smaller non-beaked tarps everything mentioned above becomes more important (site selection, setup, weather forecasting, etc). I'll exaggerate a bit and ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » 1st night camping with tarp, what did I do wrong?
August 24, 8:46pm

RE: Pocket Rocket or SnowPeak GigaPower
Heretic here, I have no problems with the Pocket Rocket, but I haven't tried that many upright canister stoves. Maybe I just don't know any better. The PR has worked fine for me on a nu...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Pocket Rocket or SnowPeak GigaPower?
August 22, 3:45pm

RE: What's everyone working on?
Somewhat discouraging to remind myself, but here goes: - "Bat Wing" for my 2-p RayWay tarp (this closes off one end in case of unexpected rain/wind shifts at night coupled with being t...

In Make Your Own Gear » What's everyone working on? (Upcoming projects...etc)
August 20, 11:21am

re: A Survey of Water Hazards and Water Treatment Methods - Part 4: Chemical Methods
Andrew raises an interesting question concerning some combo strategies: use chemical treatment and then filter, or filter then chemical treatment. I can see advantages and disadvantages with both...

In Editor's Roundtable » A Survey of Water Hazards and Water Treatment Methods - Part 4: Chemical Methods
August 20, 8:02am

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