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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: Suggestion: Marking, not removing, sold items
I agree!

In Gear Swap » Suggestion: Marking, not removing, sold items
January 28, 11:30am

RE: newbish seam sealing questions
Is that "newbish" or "nebish?" ;-)

In GEAR » newbish seam sealing questions
January 23, 11:10am

RE: Pulk / sled for winter backpacking
Years ago Mountainsmith made top-of-the-line bombproof fiberglass sleds. The harness attached to you via aluminum poles so you had control going both up- and downhill. A flap in the back acted as...

In GEAR » Pulk / sled for winter backpacking?
December 17, 12:40pm

RE: Slipping and Sliding throught the ADKs
Thanks for awakening memories of a typical hike in the Adirondacks...

In Post-Trip Reports » Slipping and Sliding throught the ADKs
December 03, 10:53am

RE: MYOG Tarp - measurements for modifications with front beak?
If I recall Ray Jardine includes formulas for beak size calculations in his first Tarp Book. I think they didn't make it into the revised edition. Contact me if you can't find the book, I...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Tarp - measurements for modifications with front beak?
November 14, 8:48am

RE: Would You Do It for a Living
As much as I enjoy the outdoors, I have a particular talent for physics, and it is clear I can make a bigger impact there then in any other field. That is, in the outdoor industry I'd be a poo...

In Philosophy & Technique » Would You Do It for a Living?
November 13, 11:25am

RE: Does such a product exist?
For really heavy duty waterproof bags check out Seal Line Baja dry bags, I get them on Ebay and use them for kayaking. I think there about the toughest made. They make really large ones. They ar...

In GEAR » Does such a product exist?
September 24, 6:07pm

RE: 3 Season Bag plus Quilt for Winter Use
Our two-person three-season quilt with a summer quilt on top worked fine down to 15 degF.

In GEAR » 3 Season Bag plus Quilt for Winter Use?
September 16, 2:21pm

RE: Long-term storage of quilts
I know nothing about this, but some materials can take a set or undergo permanent deformation if stressed long enough. Maybe down and synthetics do, too. In any case I always stuff my quilts/ba...

In GEAR » Long-term storage of quilts
September 16, 2:18pm

RE: Food in other countries
Privet Irina, Google Translate didn't do the best job, perhaps this is why no one has responded yet. If you search the BPL archives you'll find lots of articles and postings concernin...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Food in other countries
September 03, 6:04pm

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