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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.
CityWilliamsburg
StateVA
CountryUSA
My Website URLhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ewolin

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All Forum Posts by Elliott Wolin

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RE: new to backpacking. how big of a pack do I need?"
I might be a minority here, but since I don't own lots of packs I bought a fairly large one many years ago, a Golite Trek weight about 2 lbs, to handle the largest variety of conditions. It sc...

In GEAR » new to backpacking. how big of a pack do I need?
March 16, 12:05pm

RE: Wind Pants not as popular as wind shirt
I always pack wind pants unless I know it will be real warm. Unless it's cold enough that I need to hike in long pants, I don't bring long pants, just the wind pants. And if I bring long ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Wind Pants not as popular as wind shirt?
March 16, 11:53am

RE: How to Best Pack Your UL/Frameless Backpack with UL Gear"
I used to use a Prolite 3 short, and it worked perfectly as a back pad, as described in the article. I just purchased a NeoAir short...now what do I do!? No more backpad... I guess I'll ...

In Editor's Roundtable » How to Best Pack Your UL/Frameless Backpack with UL Gear
March 14, 1:34pm

RE: How long have you been a lightweight backpacker?
"Bob, are you really suggesting that some of us have been lightweight backpackers since before Ray Jardine INVENTED it in 1996? Next, are you also going to tell us that Al Gore did not invent ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How long have you been a lightweight backpacker?
March 13, 1:40pm

Re: How long have you been a lightweight backpacker?
>In the CASCADES, where there is water every 5 feet. Damn, I still do that...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How long have you been a lightweight backpacker?
March 09, 2:59pm

RE: REI used-gear sales and what to expect
Some history: I lived in Seattle in the mid-1970's. The annual REI sale at the original Capitol Hill store was infamous. People would line up days ahead, the record probably being one guy ...

In Gear Deals » REI used-gear sales and what to expect
March 09, 11:15am

RE: How long have you been a lightweight backpacker
I discovered Ray Jardine's book "Beyond Backpacking" in 2004 (recent edition named "Trail Life"). Everything changed for me then. I had almost given up backpacking due t...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How long have you been a lightweight backpacker?
March 09, 11:04am

RE: Quitting TV...3 month update
Hobbes is right on track. The business of commercial television is to sell audiences to advertisers. Nothing more, nothing less. Every decision they make and strategy they take is to further t...

In Chaff » Quitting TV...3 month update
March 06, 7:43pm

RE: Midget backpackers?
A black guy who likes to hike made a video, I think it's legit (it's funny in any case): http://www.funnyordie.com/topic/black-hiker

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Midget backpackers?
March 06, 10:43am

RE: Quitting TV...3 month update
Anecdote on raising kids without TV: We quit watching TV before our kids were born. When they were little my wife let them watch a few selected shows: Reading Rainbow, Mr Rogers, some Sesame St...

In Chaff » Quitting TV...3 month update
March 06, 10:38am

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