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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: 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

RE: Questions on hiking upto Camp Muir (first timer at Mt. Rainier)
The way up to Camp Muir from Paradise should be just a long hike in July, nothing technical on the standard route, unless it's a very late snow year and the snow hasn't compacted yet. Ther...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Questions on hiking upto Camp Muir (first timer at Mt. Rainier)
June 26, 7:08pm

RE: Tarping-How do you handle bugs?
I think we just do not like using DEET, although we carry it if there's a chance for bugs. Maybe this is why we always bring a net tent for our tarp. Also, we do a lot of hiking in the Adiron...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Tarping-How do you handle bugs?
June 26, 6:58pm

RE: Cozies
I made a double-thickness fleece cozy with a top flap that works great. Unfortunately it weighs 3-4 ounces if I recall. I made another out of Climashield scraps and 1.1 ripstop, light but it didn...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Cozies
June 26, 11:14am

RE: Tarping-How do you handle bugs?
When I first suggested using tarps to my wife she insisted on complete bug protection, i.e. bug net tents, so I made them along with the tarps. Now we take them unless we're sure there will be...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Tarping-How do you handle bugs?
June 26, 11:11am

RE: Dining fly
A dining fly is one of the easier things to sew yourself. Get some fabric from OWF or one of the other standard suppliers, then it's just a couple of long flat-felled seams and a hem on the ed...

In GEAR » Dining fly
June 24, 6:20pm

RE: Grand Canyon in Novermber
Two years ago my wife and I (both in our mid-50's) did a three-night trip in early Nov. It was the perfect time of year, cold and dry up top, mild and dry at the bottom, and the hike down and ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Grand Canyon in Novermber
June 23, 4:37pm

RE: Do you always take a rain jacket?
We mostly hike in the Adirondacks, White Mountains, Virginia or other eastern areas where it seems it can rain any time, day or night, independent of the weather report. We always bring rain jacke...

In GEAR » Do you always take a rain jacket?
June 22, 1:24pm

RE: Alcohol stove feedback
I've been able to snuff the 12-10 out with something flat, maybe a rock or pot lid. But I found the alcohol quickly evaporates if there's not much left. You can use a syringe to quickly s...

In GEAR » Alcohol stove feedback
June 21, 11:03am

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