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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: Cutting it too light
"Malto, last July in Yosemite I got caught in the heaviest rain I've ever witnessed. The trail went from totally dry to being a stream within a couple minutes. If I had tried to take off m...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Cutting it too light
February 19, 11:27am

Re: Super-Awesome TIP OF THE DAY!!! (warning, thread may be too awesome for some viewers)
I second doing exercise prior to going to sleep on a cold night. We'd often run in deep snow while waiting for food to cook or prior to going to sleep, it really warms you up trying to run whe...

In Philosophy & Technique » Super-Awesome TIP OF THE DAY!!! (warning, thread may be too awesome for some viewers)
February 13, 7:18pm

Newspaper as insulation
My father told me that during WWII, while stationed in the Aleutian Islands in Alaska, they were issued jackets that used crumpled paper as insulation. I don't know if it was newspaper or not....

In Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring » Home Depot fingerless gloves
February 12, 6:51pm

RE: AliExpress
They seem to market knock-offs of every modern stove I've ever seen, along with cheaper prices than I've ever seen on most Fire Maple stoves.

In GEAR » anybody tried aliexpress sleeping pads, tents, and titanium goods?
January 20, 11:46am

RE: Stink Bomb Tent
PU can develop a kind of mold that you can get rid of, I've done this with old tent flies and other PU coated fabrics. I use Mirazyme, which can be found at REI and lots of other places. Ba...

In GEAR » Stink Bomb Tent
January 19, 4:53pm

RE: Wonderland Trail Preliminary Planning
"I am curious how many days of food you had to carry at a time to do those short days. I really much prefer to limit how many days of food I carry to 2 or 3 when possible. If necessary I somet...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Wonderland Trail Preliminary Planning
January 16, 11:41am

For your dad
Absolutely have him use hiking poles. The amount of stress poles allow you to avoid on your knees is as amazing as it is essential.

In GEAR » Old Guys Backpacking
January 16, 11:33am

Re: Old guys running
At age 60 every sports injury I've ever had, including ones I didn't know about or forgotten about, are coming back to haunt me. This includes ankles, knees and spine. No signs of inflamm...

In GEAR » Old Guys Backpacking
January 15, 1:09pm

Re: Wonderland Trail Preliminary Planning
As I've posted many times, my family did the Wonderland Train in 13 nights and enjoyed every single moment. This is a trail to savor, it is arguably the finest trail in the US. If you hike fo...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Wonderland Trail Preliminary Planning
January 15, 1:01pm

RE: What our gear says about us...
I need to join Gearaholics Anonymous as well. I have almost every piece of gear I've purchased for backpacking and car camping since the 1970's other than items that completely disintegr...

In GEAR » What our gear says about us...
January 12, 2:52pm

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