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Elliott Wolin (ewolin) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Hampton Roads, Virginia
About Me I am a 59 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: Is cotton best in hot weather
A long time ago I too found cotton abrasive when wet, but wore it because I had nothing else. Then polypropylene shirts came out and we all wore them almost all the time (remember Lifa? I still h...

In GEAR » Is cotton best in hot weather?
February 13, 11:48am

RE: Waterproof zippers, how well do they work
The waterproof zipper on my kayak deck bag (not sure of the brand) worked great for a while, but since I open and close it often to get my camera out it gets a workout. After a relatively short ti...

In Make Your Own Gear » Waterproof zippers, how well do they work?
February 13, 11:41am

RE: coldest temperature you've experienced
24F below zero x-c skiing in Minneapolis in 1983. Somewhere between 15F and 20F below camping on the Northville-Lake Placid trail in the Adirondacks in 1974 or 1975.

In Winter Hiking » coldest temperature you've experienced?
February 05, 6:45pm

RE: Is all weight equal? - Trekking Poles
Given my weak old knees and ankles I find poles absolutely indispensible, particularly going downhill. And I use them often to hold up one or both ends of my tarp so I need some strength. And I us...

In GEAR » Is all weight equal? - Trekking Poles ...
February 03, 10:53am

RE: How to Build an Igloo
I seem to recall reading that polar Eskimos could build an igloo in an hour. They usually had good snow to work with. On the other hand they build the igloo using tools made of bone. When ma...

In Winter Hiking » How to Build an Igloo
January 30, 2:53pm

RE: storing sleeping bags
I've been storing down bags in large sacks for decades. I have a pair of REI winter bags (good to 20 below F) bought in 1977 that still loft as good a new. Unfortunately they are quite heavy ...

In GEAR » storing sleeping bags
January 10, 11:06am

RE: Family sues over girl's death at Big Four Ice Caves
"Having warning signs would have made absolutely no difference, that family would have still gone down the trail." Sad but very likely true...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Family sues over girl's death at Big Four Ice Caves
December 23, 1:33pm

RE: Winter Hike/Camping gear for the high peaks?
Whatever boots and equipment you get, be prepared for rain followed by 10 below zero F or worse. Years ago I recall friends reporting on frozen boots they couldn't get their feet into, or ...

In GEAR » Winter Hike/Camping gear for the high peaks?
December 14, 3:31pm

RE: Packing sleeping bag at bottom of pack or at the top
Concerning losing loft, more important than how you stuff a down bag in your pack is how you store it at home! Some hang them in a closet, but I stuff mine very loosely in an extra-large breatha...

In GEAR » Packing sleeping bag at bottom of pack or at the top?
December 11, 9:32am

RE: Ray Jardine Books
Au contraire mes amis! My take is that Jardine bends over backwards to make it clear that what he describes works for him and that you should always try things out for yourself and make your own...

In GEAR » Ray Jardine Books
December 09, 11:15am

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