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Elliott Wolin (ewolin) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Hampton Roads, Virginia
About Me I am a 61 year old PhD 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: Two-person bivy
Wow, some nice ideas there. I was thinking of something simpler, but now I'm really intrigued, probably will make something like it. What are the dimensions? Did you make the netting hood?...

In Make Your Own Gear » Two-person bivy for use with quilt and Neoair 3/4 length pads
March 08, 7:31pm

Two-person bivy for use with quilt and Neoair 3/4 length pads
On our last trip to RMNP it got snowy and windy and we were slightly cold with a two-person quilt, draft stopper fabric all around, Neoair 3/4 length pads and empty packs under our feet. We were u...

In Make Your Own Gear » Two-person bivy for use with quilt and Neoair 3/4 length pads
March 08, 12:27pm

Another microspike brand?
Anyone know anything about Snowline Chainsen?

In GEAR » Crampons for the Grand Canyon
February 28, 3:22pm

RE: OK to leave down compressed for a long time?
A friend in the Air Force said their bail-out kits sometimes contained a tiny, vacuum-packed down sleeping bag. During training they opened one up, he was amazed at how much loft it regained. I u...

In GEAR » OK to leave down compressed for a long time?
February 27, 12:13pm

RE: OK to leave down compressed for a long time?
I have down sleeping bags from the late 1970's that still loft up good as new, and they've been in various sized stuff sacks almost all that time (almost 40 years!). I currently keep them ...

In GEAR » OK to leave down compressed for a long time?
February 26, 3:01pm

RE: abandoned tent
I'd be wary of the fabric, long exposure to UV really weakens nylon. Years ago I set up an old tent for the kids to use in the backyard. It was out there for an entire summer. That fall ...

In Make Your Own Gear » abandoned tent
February 25, 10:19am

Re: Bad Food in the Parks...
It's even worse than you might think! On our way around Mt Rainier on the Wonderland Trail in 2006 we ate at the restaurant at Longmire. I forget what my wife had but she got food poisoning...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Bad Food in the Parks...
February 21, 11:32am

RE: BRS-3000T stove Spotlite Review
"It's Chinese New Year right now, and GearBest are all on holiday. But when they return (next week) I believe they may be going to offer a discount coupon for BPL readers." Rats......

In Editor's Roundtable » BRS-3000T stove Spotlite Review
February 20, 1:19pm

Cheapest I've seen for BRS-3000T
On Ebay it's over $20, $14.90 here:

In Editor's Roundtable » BRS-3000T stove Spotlite Review
February 19, 11:40am

Re: Somewhat OT: Larger Tarps
I've heard that good old blue tarps work great, they are tough and last a long time. And they are really cheap, if one gets trashed it's not a big deal.

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Somewhat OT: Larger Tarps
February 19, 11:29am

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