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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: 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

RE: Wanted: a cancelled Wonderland Trail reservation starting 4th or 5th Sept
I'll second Mary D, there's no end of great places that require no permit or where they are readily available. Most of the North Cascades, for example (although Sep may be a bit late, depe...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Wanted: a cancelled Wonderland Trail reservation starting 4th or 5th Sept
June 20, 1:27pm

RE: I don't get UL bivy
"Bugs aside, I'd take a full coverage tarp (ie. pyramid) + groundsheet, over a partial coverage tarp (ie. A frame) + bivy. Much nicer in high winds, rain splashing, spindrift snow etc.&quo...

In GEAR » I don't get UL bivy
June 20, 1:17pm

RE: Personal Perspectives on the Philosophy of Lightweight Travel
Nice article, good take on "hike your own hike." Many in my extended family think we are crazy for camping out with no shower, hot water, pillow and soft bed, etc...their idea of "...

In Editor's Roundtable » Personal Perspectives on the Philosophy of Lightweight Travel
June 20, 11:20am

RE: To shave a pound off of an 11lb base weight or not ?
As is noted in many books and posts, one of the points of UL is that you become free to take optional items that you really want, as long as you don't overdo it, and to me one pound isn't o...

In Gear Lists » To shave a pound off of an 11lb base weight or not ?
June 15, 11:48am

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

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