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Elliott Wolin (ewolin) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Hampton Roads, Virginia
About Me I am a 59 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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Need suggestions for 1-week hike in theWhite Mountains
Hi, We are thinking of doing a 1-week hike in the White Mountains in early September. Possibly a loop, although I understand there is a shuttle bus so perhaps not. I looked at the AMC and ot...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Need suggestions for 1-week hike in theWhite Mountains
March 04, 5:35pm

Wonderland Trail
The Wonderland Trail around Mt. Rainier. The Spray Park section may be the best, but so many sections are so beautiful it is hard to say. The trail runs about 93 miles around the mountain, with a...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Your favorite trail?
January 30, 12:52pm

Re: Re: Why go fast? Why go slow?
Ghandi said: "There is more to life than increasing its speed."

In Philosophy & Technique » Why go fast? Why go slow?
January 05, 10:41am

Re: Lessons learned in 2006?
Thanks to Ray Jardine and BPL, I learned that multi-day backcountry camping does not have to end as you reach the end of middle age.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Lessons learned in 2006?
January 05, 10:38am

Re: Bug Netting
Sew yourself a Ray-Way net-tent for your tarp. The net-tent has walls made of netting with a silnylon floor. A bit heavy by UL standards, but not too bad. If you really want a big space with...

In Philosophy & Technique » Tarps and Bugs
December 15, 11:27am

What about protein?
Most posts here are concerned with taste and calories. But I find that not all calories are created equal. My family finds that bars that have a significant amount of protein are more satisfyin...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Energy Bars
December 01, 10:34am

Re: Wish list
I've been using a Canon G5 for a few years and have been very happy. Doesn't match all your requirements but close enough. Built-in macro is great for flower shots. Built-in telephoto also work...

In Photography » Wish list
October 30, 10:53am

Whither fishnet underwear?
Years ago fishnet underwear was all the rage, both in cotton and in wool. The idea was that the open weave was lightweight but created many small dead-air spaces that both insulated and permitted ...

In GEAR » Whither fishnet underwear?
October 22, 7:02pm

No experience in the wind
The weather for all 14 days on the Wonderland trail was calm and cool, with little or no wind, so I have no experience with the three-person tarp in the wind. I note that Jardine used much larger ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Ray-Way 3-person tarp and net tent dimensions
October 06, 8:32pm

Ray-Way 3-person tarp and net tent dimensions
I posted this under reviews but figured it belonged here as well. With Ray's help I scaled up the 2-person dimensions to get the following 3-person tarp and net tent dimensions. Same instructions...

In Make Your Own Gear » Ray-Way 3-person tarp and net tent dimensions
October 01, 2:45pm

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