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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
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All Forum Posts by Elliott Wolin

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RE: Yes, you can break a Lexan spoon
Related somewhat, I once found myself up in an alpine area in the North Cascades in Washington State when I discovered I had forgotten my spoon and had nothing else suitable to eat with. I figured...

In GEAR » Yes, you can break a Lexan spoon
April 21, 11:03am

RE: I probably have Giardia.. and it's no fun :-(
"You CANNOT get sick from yourself. Anything you have is already in you. Anything you do not have is not present in fecal matter, soiled clothing, or anything else you touch or ingest. It cann...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » I probably have Giardia.. and it's no fun :-(
April 18, 11:29am

RE: New camera
I've written this before, but I've never regretted spending more on a camera. I am very happy with the Sony RX100: compact, fairly light, great lens, many useful features. It may cost mo...

In Photography » New camera
February 19, 6:37pm

RE: Has anyone here switched to a quilt and liked it LESS than a regular sleeping bag?
I find bags too constrictive after using quilts a lot, I don't think I could go back. When it's cold I wear a warm hat, long-johns and thick socks to bed. No problem with occasional draft...

In GEAR » Has anyone here switched to a quilt and liked it LESS than a regular sleeping bag?
February 17, 1:51pm

RE: Backpackable Wood Stoves: Theory and Ultralight Application
May have posted this in another thread, but in the 1970's I read about a couple who would head out for a full month in the dead of winter in Maine. They pulled sleds so weight wasn't much ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Backpackable Wood Stoves: Theory and Ultralight Application
February 14, 8:20pm

RE: good, not too expensive, 2 or 3 person tent.
Also check out SteepAndCheap, you may have to wait but sometimes their deals are great. Of course the lightest and cheapest shelter is a tarp, even cheaper if you make it yourself, and tarps are...

In GEAR » good, not too expensive, 2 or 3 person tent.
February 13, 6:34pm

RE: Want to dip my toe in the MYOG water
You are about to become addicted... Many good suggestions above (stuff sacks, bivy sacks), but also a simple tarp, gators, and when you feel up to it, get a pattern and make a wind shirt with a ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Want to dip my toe in the MYOG water...
February 02, 5:17pm

RE: Horror Stories
Camping in a lean-to in the Catskill mountains in the 1970's, on top of a small ridge that dropped off to a stream. Started raining mid-afternoon pretty hard. At dusk a very large tree next t...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Horror Stories
January 27, 6:34pm

RE: Americans waste $28 bil a year on vitamins, doctors say
I am 60 years old and I take a multi-vitamin every day. It works out to be a few cents per day since I buy them in a large bottle at Costco. And I eat plenty (more than plenty, alas) and have a p...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Americans waste $28 bil a year on vitamins, doctors say
January 07, 2:48pm

RE: First sewing attempts and questions
You can purchase a walking foot accessory for many sewing machine models (not to be confused with a walking-foot sewing machine, which is something else). This helps move the fabric along from the...

In Make Your Own Gear » First sewing attempts and questions
January 07, 2:12pm

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