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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.
My Website URLhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ewolin

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All Forum Posts by Elliott Wolin

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Or weigh it
Or, weigh the contents, then measure out a known volume and weigh it, then calculate the volume.

In GEAR » Calculating Cubic Inches... any ideas?
February 09, 5:39pm

A grain of salt
You have to take anything Backpacker says with a grain of salt. Two months from now they could have a full spread on the latest tarps, with testimonials from half the staff. Despite this kind...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » devastaded
February 09, 5:36pm

Homemade LED lights
Hi Roger, I seem to recall that LED's work best with a steady voltage, somewhere above 1.5 volts, and that current limiting is important. But introducing a current limiting resistor wastes ...

In GEAR » Candle lanterns
February 09, 3:11pm

Candle lantern weights
Just weighed my two candle lanterns: Modern lantern (mine is Early Winters brand) 5.2 oz (heavier than I had thought). Candle 1.6 oz. Manufacturer claims 9 hours per candle. French lantern ...

In GEAR » Candle lanterns
February 09, 1:38pm

Testing AquaMira
Unfortunately I understand it is very difficult to test for the presence of Giardia cysts, which may be why information is sometimes contradictory. The base information may be the same, but people...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Dose vs dwell time of Chlorine Dioxide (AquaMira, KearWater, etc)
February 09, 1:29pm

Eveready lithiums
Roger, Yes, the AA's have come quite a long way. They are 1.5 V, and the LiSO2, Li-SOCl2, etc. are 3.4 - 3.6 V. Not sure why, though. I was thinking of an LED lantern, single Li D cell,...

In GEAR » Candle lanterns
February 08, 2:55pm

Info from AquaMira
Hi all, Just called AquaMira. Some notes: - they claim ALL ClO2 tablets are made by the SAME manufacturer (not sure if he meant in the US, or licensed for sale in the US, or worldwide). All...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Dose vs dwell time of Chlorine Dioxide (AquaMira, KearWater, etc)
February 08, 1:57pm

Micropur dose
Hi Ben, I understand you are saying that one Micropur tablet supplies four times the concentration of the standard 7+7 drops of AquaMira in one liter of water. If so, then one tablet of Micropu...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Dose vs dwell time of Chlorine Dioxide (AquaMira, KearWater, etc)
February 08, 10:53am

Lithium battery current draw
Roger, My understanding is although LiSO2 can handle high current draws, such as 20 mA and even much more, the higher capacity Li-SOCl2 and LiMnO2 (and similar) have maximum current draws less t...

In GEAR » Candle lanterns
February 08, 10:42am

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

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