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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: The "naughty" heavy luxury items that you just don't wanna leave behind!"
For me and my wife it's: Extra clean clothes, for sleeping in and to wear while other clothes are drying after a wash. Camp footwear so I can take off my soggy hiking shoes and socks, dry...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » The "naughty" heavy luxury items that you just don't wanna leave behind!
May 01, 10:53am

RE: Breathing in sleeping bag?
In the 1970's, when temperatures got below -10F, we just cinched the bag until only a small opening remained, then stuck a wool sock or mitten into the hole on the inside and breathed through i...

In GEAR » Breathing in sleeping bag?
April 26, 6:56pm

RE: Booby Traps on the Trail
"But when it's just a hiking trail - I've never had a problem with theft, and people have been amazingly helpful if you just ask." It's sad but theft in the backcountry goe...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Booby Traps on the Trail
April 25, 10:45am

RE: cagoule
Donna, My cagoules are large and fit over anything, summer and winter, and they fit just about anyone (at least someone who doesn't care about wearing oversized clothes). Being large they v...

In Make Your Own Gear » cagoule
April 24, 11:30am

RE: cagoule
I've made a number of cagoules, all based on a North Face (I think) cagoule I purchased in 1973. It uses a single piece for the upper part, other than hood, so there are no seams except under ...

In Make Your Own Gear » cagoule
April 23, 12:06pm

RE: UL premarital counseling (sleep system for two)
Looks like Feathered Friends makes something just like my old Marmot Grouse plus groundsheet. Kind of pricy, though, much cheaper and almost as light to make a synthetic quilt. Our RayWay quilt...

In GEAR » UL premarital counseling (sleep system for two)
April 10, 10:44am

Re: UL premarital counseling (sleep system for two)
My wife and I have been using two-person quilts exclusively for about six years now, in temperatures down to 15F (so far), and we are very happy with them. In 2006 I purchased a RayWay deluxe qu...

In GEAR » UL premarital counseling (sleep system for two)
April 09, 2:06pm

RE: Make My Own Tarp? Plans, kits, materials?
I've made a couple of tarps using materials from OWF. But the first one was a RayWay kit and I'm glad I started with it. Jardine's materials are top quality and the instructions are g...

In Make Your Own Gear » Make My Own Tarp? Plans, kits, materials?
April 05, 7:22pm

Packing routine
How long does it take you to get your packing routine straightened out? At the start I pack in a reasonable way, then refine it over the next few days as I establish a routine. I unfortunately ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Packing routine
April 04, 11:15am

RE: Lanterns and candle lanterns
A while ago I found a lightweight Coleman LED lantern on eBay for much cheaper than normal...perhaps it was a copy. It works fine in any case. I worked out that lightweight candle lanterns gene...

In GEAR » Lanterns
March 28, 3:41pm

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