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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: 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

Re: Does anyone find they sleep LESS in the woods
Although I wake up a lot at night at home I usually fall back asleep. In the woods I think the discomfort of a thin pad and old bones wakes me up more often and makes it harder to fall asleep agai...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Does anyone find they sleep LESS in the woods?
July 25, 12:14pm

Re: If it rains do you keep going
I have to agree with Sara. I too disliked rain until I got a Golite umbrella, to me it is worth the extra 8 oz. In the warmer weather I usually don't need to wear a rain jacket or rain pa...

In GEAR » If it rains do you keep going?
July 23, 11:55am

RE: canister stoves
I second the Olicamp/FireMaple remote canister stove, three-season titanium version. As light as most canister top stoves, much more stable. I believe it got an excellent review a while back in BPL.

In GEAR » canister stoves
July 22, 11:33am

RE: Trying to push myself to make the tarp plunge
A note on bug protection. My wife insisted on full bug protection at night, so I had to make a fully enclosed net tent that hangs under the tarp. The silnylon ground cloth is built in so the on...

In GEAR » Trying to push myself to make the tarp plunge
July 17, 3:30pm

RE: Trying to push myself to make the tarp plunge
I concur on going with the larger tarp at first. You can easily make one yourself inexpensively, or simply go with a blue tarp from the hardware store (a bit heavy, but really cheap for a test, an...

In GEAR » Trying to push myself to make the tarp plunge
July 16, 11:37am

RE: What interesting gear have you found on the trail
Snotty industrial-strength handkerchief/bandanna. To my wife's horror I washed it and now use it. Baby's bib, to my kid's delight I wore it down the trail, then tied it to a post at...

In GEAR » What interesting gear have you found on the trail?
July 12, 11:33am

Need enlightenment!
"With all the ultralight gear options available today, that perform just as well as heavier alternatives, why would anyone choose to carry the heavy stuff? There are still a lot of people to e...

In Editor's Roundtable » Mountain SuperUltraLight Backpacking – Going SUL in the Mountains with Adequate Shelter, Insulation, and Rain Protection. Part 3: M-SUL Base Weight Gear Lists
July 10, 11:00am

RE: Horses
My wife and I once almost got trampled by horses running free on a trail. The owners let them loose near the end of their trip to run down to a corral or something. We were heading up and barel...

In Philosophy & Technique » What to do when encountering dogs on the trail?
June 18, 10:57am

Jim: Sounds interesting, how well do you cook the bacon first? Until very crispy and most fat gone, or somewhat crispy with some fat still there, or not crispy and still fatty?

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » BACON!!!
June 13, 12:09pm

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