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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:Walking on Fire: A Light-Hiker's Guide to Wildfire
I sometimes grumble about the cost of renewal of my BPL membership (I know...what a cheapskate!). This series of articles is worth the cost of my next renewal. Thanks.

In Editor's Roundtable » Walking on Fire: A Light-Hiker's Guide to Wildfire Awareness, Survival, and Evasion (Part 3 of 3)
July 09, 2:30pm

Traction device for Grand Canyon in November
I'm looking for an update to information in a similar thread concerning traction devices for Grand Canyon hiking in March. We'll be there around 15-Nov this year (permits arrived last ni...

In GEAR » Traction device for Grand Canyon in November
July 07, 11:10am

RE: Golite Jam 2 Vs. Golite Pinnacle
How about that enormous bear canister that is required in many areas? Would it fit in the Jam2 with any room left over? I bought a Pinnacle for this reason.

In GEAR » Golite Jam 2 Vs. Golite Pinnacle
July 06, 11:20am

RE: Fav Snack
Something crispy, after days of mushy or chewy food. We like any type of rice cracker. Often we leave a bag in food caches as a treat, but they don't last long. Pringles or similar chips a...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Fav Snack
June 26, 2:45pm

RE: August Backpacker Mag - the Ultralight Camping Guide
I have to agree with Jared and Ryan. Given their typical audience, the authors did the best one can expect. Too hard-core and no one will listen. To get their audience to move in the UL ...

In Chaff » August Backpacker Mag - the Ultralight Camping Guide
June 25, 11:41am

Kayaking if your doctor said no backpacking
We love backpacking but cannot get away very often. Two years ago we discovered kayaking and kayak camping, and we try to go paddling at least a few hours every weekend. Fortunately we live in a g...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What would you do if your doctor said no backpacking?
April 27, 2:16pm

RE: Keeping UL cheap
If you relax the requirement and go with "Keeping lightweight cheap" then options abound. This is the route I took to outfit my wife and I and our three college-aged children. It to...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Keeping Ultralight Inexpensive
April 01, 11:18am

RE: Aquamira LIQUID drops vs. Aquamira TABLETS
For the record, does anyone know the CL02 concentration generated by the standard dose in a liter of water for both tablets and liquid, all other things being equal? I heard rumors they are with...

In GEAR » Aquamira LIQUID drops vs. Aquamira TABLETS
March 30, 12:24pm

RE: Okay, what do I want to use to build a quilt
Some comments on draft stoppers. My wife and I use a two-person quilt and are very happy with draft stoppers. They hardly add any weight and are effective in keeping drafts out. I move around a...

In Make Your Own Gear » Okay, what do I want to use to build a quilt
March 25, 11:19am

Problem with bearvault
If I recall from last year, the rangers in the Adirondack Park said that bears have figured out how to open Bearvault containers, and that only the Garcia is allowed now. Somehow they get a tooth ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bear Can Cheating?
March 18, 10:58am

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