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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: Advice - Alcohol "Simmer" Stove
See my post on simmer rings for Caldera Cone stoves. I had little luck partially covering the Caldera Cone stove as the airflow became unstable and it eventually popped itself out. But the ...

In GEAR » Advice - Alcohol "Simmer" Stove
March 01, 7:20pm

RE: Winter camping with snow saw
One thing I used to always take was a small homemade snow saw, about 18" long, like a small serrated sword with a wood handle. Didn't weigh much. With it I could cut medium-sized snow bl...

In Editor's Roundtable » Pitching a Tent in the Snow
February 28, 6:52pm

RE: Expensive
Kayaks...don't go there. And don't even think of reminding my wife!

In GEAR » Most expensive?
February 24, 2:45pm

RE: Bear bag rope sources
Spectra is also used by parachutists. A while back I searched the web a bit for round and flat Spectra, and found it significantly cheaper at a parachute supply place (don't remember where, bu...

In GEAR » Bear Bag Rope
February 23, 10:36am

RE: Most expensive
Bought many years ago, a Mountainsmith Expedition fiberglass sled for winter camping and hauling kids around. Cost around $500 then, but that was in the late 1980's. It included two kid seats...

In GEAR » Most expensive?
February 22, 4:36pm

Giving better than receiving
Once four of us went on an overnight trip to a lean-to in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. It was 2-Jan and unseasonably warm, but the nights were around freezing. The lean-to is a few miles...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » It's really cool when others do this in the backcountry!
February 19, 11:06am

RE: Umbrellas, ponchos, and rain pants/jackets
The following works great for me, and allows me to use both hiking poles and an umbrella. If my pack is filled in the right way I can lay my open Golite umbrella on top of my pack with the shaft...

In GEAR » Poncho vs Rain Jacket and Pants
February 16, 12:27pm

Powermax fuel
Hi, How much would shipping be to Virginia, 23185?

In Gear Swap » FS: Coleman Powermax Fuel
January 26, 6:53pm

RE: Cookware for two
We too seem to need a 2L (MSR Titan) pot. We even seem to need more than a 2L pot...usually we bring a MSR 0.85L Titan as well, the 2L for food, the latter for hot water, drinking and cleaning. Co...

In GEAR » Cookware for Two
January 22, 2:56pm

Dose vs dwell time with ClO2
You can use less Aqua Mira, drops or tablets, if you let it sit longer. E.g. I often put in half the dose if the water will sit all night. Note that exposure to sunlight and other factors can low...

In Philosophy & Technique » a few new to Aqua Mira questions
January 09, 6:02pm

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