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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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Daily fuel usage
How much fuel does everyone use each day? This clearly depends on fuel type, temperature, wind conditions, cooking style, and how many meals are cooked each day. I take a canister stove (an...

In GEAR » Daily fuel usage
February 07, 7:15pm

Candle lanterns for heat
That reminds me, I used to carry the French lantern winter camping. I made a semi-hermetic seal around the front of my double A-frame tent with snow blocks and the tent fly, and hung the lantern f...

In GEAR » Candle lanterns
February 07, 1:59pm

LED lanterns
Jaiden's comment made me wonder if there is an LED lantern available that takes a lithium D-cell (i.e. LiSO2 or lithium sulfer-dioxide...I believe LED current draws are too much for the higher ...

In GEAR » Candle lanterns
February 07, 12:46pm

Dose vs dwell time clarifications
Ben, A few clarifications/comments: The list of mechanisms in my post are mechanisms that might affect the dose/time relationship AFTER the product has been added to the water to be treated. ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Dose vs dwell time of Chlorine Dioxide (AquaMira, KearWater, etc)
February 07, 12:40pm

Candle lanterns
Am I the only one to take a candle lantern once in a while? They are great in a lean-to or shelter, just hang it up and everyone can see. And you can even write in your journal on a picnic ta...

In GEAR » Candle lanterns
February 07, 11:18am

Base weight vs cost
Although I aspire to a sub-10 lb base weight, I would have to spend a lot to replace existing equipment, and I suspect a number of people feel the same way (especially if you are talking about 3-5 ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Base Weight poll...
February 06, 11:23am

Dose vs dwell time of Chlorine Dioxide (AquaMira, KearWater, etc)
Chlorine dioxide manufacturers state that the product can be used at less than full strength if a longer dwell time is used. They usually specify an inverse relationship, half-dose for double the ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Dose vs dwell time of Chlorine Dioxide (AquaMira, KearWater, etc)
February 05, 10:49am

My Job
Does anyone care...? Anyway, I'm a physicist doing pure research at a government-supported research laboratory. While working for universities I did research at a number of labs, now I work...

In Chaff » What do you do for a living
January 31, 3:20pm

Headnet pattern
If you have a copy, Beyond Backpacking by Ray Jardine has a simple design. Actually three seams rather than one, but fairly simple. Basically it's sort of a tube made of two pieces with a cir...

In GEAR » Making a headnet
January 22, 6:41pm

Walking with wet feet
Sam, I read about doing what you describe and tried it, but it didn't seem to work for me. I wore shoes that air and drain well, and was wearing good wool socks with thin synthetic liners....

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Wet feet question
January 18, 8:10pm

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