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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.
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All Forum Posts by Elliott Wolin

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Light and slow
"Light and slow" pretty much sums it up for my wife and me (not "I", as Don notes). My body starts complaining after too many miles, and I don't recover nearly as fast as t...

In Editor's Roundtable » Slow Travel
February 20, 11:21am

Rainier in summer
Technical mountaineering skill is required, as all routes are on glaciers, and you need to be prepared to perform crevasse rescue. Ropes are required, along with all the associated skills. There ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » UL up Rainier in the summer?
February 19, 10:54am

Award? My wife thinks I'm crazy!
Ah, my old heavy stuff, much of it from my climbing days in Washington. I don't list all the new lightweight stuff I've purchased over the past years to replace the heavy stuff, and also t...

In GEAR » How Many People Can You Outfit?
February 17, 6:48pm

Water in China
Hard to say about ClO2 contact time and dose in China. Instructions for ClO2 usage are based on US EPA guidelines, the kinds and concentrations of pathogens found in the US, etc. Tap water in...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Dose vs dwell time of Chlorine Dioxide (AquaMira, KearWater, etc)
February 17, 2:59pm

How many people can you outfit
I've been collecting stuff since 1972, and I don't think I've ever thrown anything out. I guess about 12 people, perhaps more (packs, sleeping bags, tents, stoves, pots, flashlights, e...

In GEAR » How Many People Can You Outfit?
February 17, 11:41am

Only going with 5's way too strict
I disagree to only go with items that get a 5. Many items get a 4 because of some perceived problem that may not be relevant to you. Also, sometimes products are given a 4 because the reviewe...

In GEAR » Contributing to the "Reader Reviews" section
February 15, 10:01am

Cheap snow stakes
About 30 years ago I made a set of aluminum snow stakes for my old REI double A-frame tent. This required about 10 stakes to set up. While the Ti stakes are likely much stronger, these were q...

In Editor's Roundtable » Make Your Own Gear: Titanium Snow Stakes
February 14, 7:24pm

Bad purchases
Don't feel bad, I too have a whole lot of heavy gear I purchased over many years, right up until I discovered UL. I started collecting stuff for five of us, mainly via eBay but also some new p...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » devastaded
February 14, 7:12pm

Lithium batteries and low drain
Quite correct, Monty's info is out of date. Some of the highest battery energy densities and capacities are found in certain Li formulations, and best performance is achieved at very low d...

In GEAR » Candle lanterns
February 13, 11:00am

3-person RayWay tarp
I made a 3-person RayWay tarp, following the instructions in the Tarp Book, but scaling things up from 2-person. I had some help from Ray Jardine, but you could work things out yourself easily eno...

In GEAR » Ultralight shelter for two adults and two kids
February 12, 7:39am

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