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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: Best ounce you ever carried
Credit card. After five days on the trail came across a restaurant at a road crossing and ate stuff I never eat (bacon/cheeseburger and fries). Tasted so-oo good!

In Philosophy & Technique » Best ounce you ever carried?
April 28, 1:44pm

RE: Couples Tarping... Questions!
For bugless camping we always use a silnylon two-person tarp (Ray-Way design), large polycryo groundsheet, and a two-person quilt (Ray-Way design or similar). Never had a problem, although by luck...

In GEAR » Couples Tarping... Questions!
April 25, 3:01pm

RE: Packaging of spices and herbs
We just use tiny ziploc-style bags. Look on eBay.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Packaging of spices and herbs
April 23, 2:11pm

Re: How Much fuel do you use?
We regularly use about 15 grams per person per day to cook one moderately elaborate meal in mild temperatures with windscreen and the stove well protected. This seems to be true for our MSR Pocket...

In GEAR » How Much fuel do you use?
April 19, 7:47pm

Simmering with alcohol stove
I have no experience using alcohol stoves, but am about to give it a try. For my birthday I'm getting a Caldera Ti-Tri for my MSR 0.85 liter pot. My question concerns simmering using the alco...

In GEAR » Simmering with alcohol stove
April 17, 8:07am

Re: Backpacking weddings/engagements
Our first date off campus was to go caving in a wet and muddy upstate New York limestone cave. Our first backpacking trip was in the middle of a blizzard, had to drive 150 miles north into the A...

In Chaff » Backpacking weddings/engagement?
April 09, 2:59pm

Warm legs for warm feet
It is common for people to wear thick socks, hats, mittens, and jackets, but wear next to nothing on their legs. I guess we just don't feel the cold as much on our legs as in other places, but...

In GEAR » Warmest socks for always cold feet
April 01, 12:28pm

Brooklynite's Brooklynite
Not only did I grow up in Brooklyn, but I lived in the Flatbush section. Top that!

In GEAR » The end for Tarptent ?
April 01, 11:50am

RE: Help selecting a waterproof stuff sack for storing my down sleeping bag"
Why not make your own out of 1.3 oz silnylon plus some silicone sealer (hardware store variety is fine, thinning helps) and a bit of cord. Stuff sacks are the easiest thing in the world to make, a...

In GEAR » Help selecting a waterproof stuff sack for storing my down sleeping bag
March 29, 6:00pm

SLR users, confess
My compromise is to carry a Canon G5, much better than the tiny cameras (at least when I bought it, I think the G7 is the modern equivalent), almost as good as my SLR. Weighs about 12 oz if I reca...

In Photography » SLR users, confess
March 22, 5:44pm

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