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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: A delicate issue
Another suggestion if Sportslick does not work. I wear tight fitting lycra boxers with longish legs, not loose and airy ones. They cling and all rubbing happens between fabric, not fabric and ski...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » A delicate issue ...
May 14, 8:27pm

RE: Flaw in mammals
Not in all about the Ice Man

In Editor's Roundtable » Hypothermia
May 12, 10:47am

A very minor quibble concerning an otherwise very nice article. In the article there is a mild confusion between the first and second laws of thermodynamics, and the role of entropy. Schroeding...

In Editor's Roundtable » Hypothermia
May 08, 10:56am

RE: Recommend a large tarp
Why not get a big blue poly tarp from the hardware store. Very cheap, works great, but heavy.

In GEAR » Recommend a large tarp for sitting around during extended periods of rain while basecamping
May 08, 10:34am

RE: Seaming synthetics in a quilt
I used some heavy carpet thread, if I recall. Just something lying around in the bottom of my sewing box. Or possibly I doubled up some not so heavy thread. I don't think it matters much a...

In Make Your Own Gear » Seaming synthetics in a quilt
May 07, 7:03am

RE: Seaming synthetics in a quilt
When I made my RayWay quilt the instructions were simple...just take some fairly tough thread, butt the two pieces together, and hand sew with big loops. Seems to work fine. My loops were about 1...

In Make Your Own Gear » Seaming synthetics in a quilt
May 06, 4:59pm

RE: How/When Did you learn about BPL
By chance (a fantastic stroke of luck!) I read Jardine's book Beyond Backpacking a few years ago and then began trolling the internet for more information on UL equipment. BPL showed up immedi...

In Chaff » How/When Did you learn about BPL?
May 05, 10:47am

RE: I Want A Vintage Backpack
How about a 1950-1960 design Boy Scout canvas rucksack, a rectangular canvas box with straps, no hip belt, no frame, nothing. Actually it's fairly lightweight, perhaps very early UL. It is ...

In GEAR » I Want A Vintage Backpack
May 02, 8:34am

Golite Jam (original) for $49
At some sort of luggage liquidators: Also $54 at Sierra Trading.

In Gear Deals » Golite Jam (original) for $49
May 01, 8:51am

I'll take the Climashield
Hi, I'll take it...I emailed you with my paypal account. Thanks,

In Gear Swap » FS: Climashield XP 2.5oz, 3 yards
April 30, 7:14pm

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