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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: Do you ever not take a shelter?
Always take a shelter (tarp), we hike mainly in the ADK's and White Mountains. No matter what the weather report says it can rain during the night there. We need to start sleeping under the...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Do you ever not take a shelter?
June 15, 11:40am

RE: Where to take 20 year old daughter?
"The Wonderland Trail is about 90 miles with lots of horrendous ups and downs." I wouldn't call the ups-and-downs "horrendous." Yes, some days can involve a fair amount ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Where to take 20 year old daughter?
June 15, 11:35am

RE: Map & compass
Always take map and compass, GPS on occasion, but rarely use any of them for navigation. We do use the map all the time to find out the name of some peak or other landmark, to figure out where a...

In GEAR » Map & compass
June 15, 11:27am

RE: To quilt or not to quilt
I toss and turn all night and I agree about quilt width. But I've also found that "draft stoppers," a la Ray Jardine, work well. You can cut down on the quilt width somewhat by addi...

In GEAR » To quilt or not to quilt?
June 14, 11:29am

RE: Shoes for Wonderland Trail
Five of us did the WT with light hikers a few years ago in early Jul. We had no problems at all, even on settled snow fields. We all had hiking poles. I can't imagine using anything else unl...

In GEAR » Shoes for Wonderland Trail: Inov-8 Terrafly 343?
June 14, 11:21am

RE: Planning to climb Mt. Adams end of June with my kids--advice
I too climbed Mt Adams about 30 yrs ago. We took ice axes for the great glissades down, but no crampons. I think it was late summer. We camped near tree-line somewhere. My advice is to go slo...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Planning to climb Mt. Adams end of June with my kids--advice?
June 05, 12:36pm

RE: better hat
We've been using Bora Bora hats for years. On sale they are really cheap and work pretty well. We use them for hiking and kayaking. I agree they get a bit floppy when wet, but this hasn't...

In GEAR » better hat?
May 28, 3:21pm

RE: $200 tent recommendation
Ok, I'll state the obvious. He can sew his own tarp + net tent for far less than $200 using kits, and less again by skipping the kits and just purchasing materials and finding a pattern. Tarp...

In GEAR » $200 tent recommendation
May 23, 11:43am

RE: Lightweight Bikepacking: An Introduction
I hope things have changed! I have been against bikes on backpacking trails due to bad experiences in the early 1980's. I am now rethinking my (hopefully!) out-of-date opposition. Riders ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Bikepacking: An Introduction
May 18, 3:04pm

RE: Whats the best way to stay dry in the rain
I have no experience in multi-day continuous rain or high winds plus rain, but in less extreme conditions I couldn't live without my umbrella. The rain hits the top, runs off the sides and may...

In GEAR » Whats the best way to stay dry in the rain
May 17, 1:19pm

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