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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: Delmar's Poll
"Was this a ranger or just some random coprophiliac?" I was amazed to find that coprophiliac is actually a real word! Check it out on Wiktionary, if you dare...

In Editor's Roundtable » Delmar's Poll
July 10, 11:24am

RE: How light is light
I have to second Rick's comments, although I'm not an expert. The CDC reports that about 1/3 of adult Americans are pre-diabetic, and 93% don't know it. Pre-diabetes, metabolic synd...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How light is light?
July 10, 11:05am

RE: Cold oatmeal replacement for quick breakfast
We've always liked Alpen Muesli: http://www.amazon.com/Alpen-Natural-Muesli-Cereal-Original/dp/B0046HJVMQ/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1405010729&sr=8-3&keywords=muesli+alpen Otherw...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Cold oatmeal replacement for quick breakfast
July 10, 10:47am

RE: What gear makes you happy
I think someone already mentioned, anything I made myself that still qualifies as light or UL. On kayaking and other non-backpacking trips, the roar of my old Optimus 111B stove, a veritable blo...

In GEAR » What gear makes you happy?
July 09, 2:31pm

RE: secrets out..."
"25 yrs married and 30 yrs together this year and the wife and I still enjoy spending all our free time together. " Same here except 33 years married and 41 years together. I've b...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » secrets out...
July 01, 11:37am

RE: Wonderland Trail
My family and I did the Wonderland trail for our 25th wedding anniversary in late Jul, 2006. It was our first long hike and our first attempt at UL (homemade tarps and quilts, light hiking shoes, ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Wonderland Trail
June 17, 8:00pm

Origin of "beta"
This thread has really been hijacked! The origin of beta is much discussed on the web and there is much disagreement. But see Curt's post on (you have to wade through a number of jokes): ...

In Packrafting » Looking for beta on Olympics
June 08, 1:02pm

RE: Looking for beta on Olympics
Hi Steve, I got my information from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beta_(climbing) As a semi-professional in the programming world I know about alpha and beta testing. According to Wikiped...

In Packrafting » Looking for beta on Olympics
June 07, 4:31pm

RE: Looking for beta on Olympics
Ok, maybe I'm a crank or a language nazi, but I really dislike it when people use the word "beta" when "information" is what they are after. And it doesn't help that Ba...

In Packrafting » Looking for beta on Olympics
June 04, 11:18am

RE: Have you ever saved someone's life?
Just got to work in Queens, NY (around 1978 or so) and there was an accident in front of my father's store. Middle-aged male struck by car, on the ground in the road. He was mildly overweight ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Have you ever saved someone's life?
May 21, 11:33am

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