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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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My Job
Does anyone care...? Anyway, I'm a physicist doing pure research at a government-supported research laboratory. While working for universities I did research at a number of labs, now I work...

In Chaff » What do you do for a living
January 31, 3:20pm

Headnet pattern
If you have a copy, Beyond Backpacking by Ray Jardine has a simple design. Actually three seams rather than one, but fairly simple. Basically it's sort of a tube made of two pieces with a cir...

In GEAR » Making a headnet
January 22, 6:41pm

Walking with wet feet
Sam, I read about doing what you describe and tried it, but it didn't seem to work for me. I wore shoes that air and drain well, and was wearing good wool socks with thin synthetic liners....

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Wet feet question
January 18, 8:10pm

Lessons learned at altitude and on glaciers
A few more thoughts about hiking high up, say greater than 10,000 feet, and on glaciers: - it is particularly important to regularly eat and especially drink. What worked for me high up on Moun...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Important Lesson's You've Learned the Hard Way
January 18, 7:42pm

More lessons learned - including one very important one about an MSR XGK stove
- Do not forget your eating utensil when you will be camping above treeline in the North Cascades and there is no dry wood available to make chopsticks out of. I hunted for quite a while and only ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Important Lesson's You've Learned the Hard Way
January 16, 8:11pm

Keeping warm below -10F and other thoughts
A few random thoughts based on numerous nights in the -10F to -20F range camping in the Adirondacks over the years: - bring down booties, the kind you can walk in the snow with. If you haven...

In Philosophy & Technique » "I did not know how to stay warm when it was cold"
January 16, 11:15am

Wet feet leading to blisters, and what to do about it
If my feet and socks get real wet my skin softens and I develop hot spots that can lead to blisters. I've considered using SportSlick or Hydropel, neoprene socks, etc. The last time this happ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Wet feet question
January 15, 6:23pm

REI return policy
I agree it is not ethical to take advantage of a store's return policy purely for one's own benefit, if the vendor bears some non-trivial cost. I have no problem, of course, with returning...

In Chaff » Ethics and REI Return Policy
January 11, 11:17am

Looking for quilt kit (synthetic)
A friend wants to make a 1-person quilt for a trip this spring. Unfortunately RayWay products is closed and by the time they open it will be too late. Anyone know where my friend might get a 1-...

In Make Your Own Gear » Looking for quilt kit (synthetic)
December 22, 3:22pm

Chafe relief
The only thing that works for me is the all-way stretch boxer briefs, the ones without the seams down your butt. Smaller is better than larger as then there is fabric between all your parts. But ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Overcoming Chafe for LONG hikes????
December 10, 11:27am

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