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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: Ray-Way quilts: DWR and insulation
I have a few Ray-Way style quilts, one from a kit, two based on the Ray-Way design. I find they all work fine, including the footbox. Yes, the footbox is simple, but this makes it simple to sew. ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Ray-Way quilts: DWR and insulation
August 10, 3:02pm

RE:Enchantments Tour
Was up there doing similar things twice in the early 1980's, in the golden days before permits were needed. Now hope to take my college-aged kids up there next Aug. I hope it isn't too ha...

In Post-Trip Reports » Enchantments Tour, July 12-16, 2009
July 28, 11:31am

RE: Reviving old Base Weight Poll thread
Since everyone's pack evolves over time this might be a thread that goes on forever! My recent summer + shoulder season base weight has dropped from about 15 lbs a few years ago, when I disc...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Base Weight poll...
July 28, 11:18am

RE: Beating the heat
I am NOT going to let my wife or kids read this thread!

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Beating the heat
July 27, 10:58am

RE:Primaloft One how thick
Read the guide on the Mammaut site The table in section 9 summarizes all the various recommendations of sleeping bag CLO vs temperature rating....

In Make Your Own Gear » Primaloft One how thick.
July 22, 11:05am

RE: Are quilting loops required?
My understanding is that quilting loops are generally required on insulation that is not continuous filament, but optional on continuous filament insulation (e.g. Climashield) if you are gentle wit...

In Make Your Own Gear » Are quilting loops required?
July 22, 10:51am

RE: 6-10 gallon bucket?
We shipped food for five of us across the country to two locations using Rubbermaid or similar high-quality, tough storage boxes (the softer kind, not the brittle kind). We taped them well and had...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » 6-10 gallon bucket?
July 20, 10:46am

RE: 1300 Cals a Day
Ray Jardine in Trail Life makes a big point about NOT skimping on food. He's thinking more about mega-hikes (AT, PCT, CDT) so maybe you'd be ok for 10 days. But if lack of food clouds ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » 1300 Cals a Day
July 16, 3:03pm

RE: Any tarp recommendations too
If you want to try your hand at sewing your own, much cheaper than purchase and much more satisfying, get "The Tarp Book" by Ray Jardine and follow the simple instructions. Tarps are...

In GEAR » Any tarp recommendations too?
July 13, 10:54am

RE: Wonderland Trail and mice
We took almost the same trip as you in Aug 2006. The five of us used a two-person and a three-person tarp. We had bug tents but had no problem with bugs or mice, so we probably didn't need ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Wonderland Trail
July 12, 12:08pm

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