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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.
My Website URLhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ewolin

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All Forum Posts by Elliott Wolin

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Re: Your Avatar
A shot of me and my wife (Betsy) along Mt Rainier's White River after completing a 14-day hike of the Wonderland Trail around the mountain in Aug 2006. It was our first long hike (over 3 nig...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Your Avatar
April 09, 1:22pm

Re: You know you've hit bottom when..
I got a bunch of great deals on eBay on traditional internal-frame backpacks before I discovered UL...now they are just sitting in my closet. I bought a bunch of titanium tableware before I real...

In GEAR » You know you've hit bottom when..
April 03, 1:44pm

Mukluks, insulated booties, etc.
I understand that people have had great success in seriously cold weather with very light and highly breathable footwear, little more than tall insulated booties with a not very stiff sole. The in...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Footwear Systems for Snow Travel
Part 1: Principles and Techniques for Keeping Feet Dry and Warm

March 26, 1:45pm

Pattern needed for Vapor Trail lid
Anyone have a pattern for a lid for a Granite Gear Vapor Trail pack? I can't figure it out from photos on the web. Thanks, Elliott

In Make Your Own Gear » Pattern needed for Vapor Trail lid
March 19, 11:24am

Adapting stretchy patterns for non-stretchy materials
Another suggestion, based on previous failures. Patterns designed for stretchy fabric do not work well with non-stretchy fabric, for the obvious reasons. I once made rain pants using a sweat-...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG goretex shell mittens
March 19, 11:20am

Re: Congrats
Note that muscle uses more energy than fat, so increasing muscle mass means you burn more energy doing the same thing. I.e. all things being equal, if you replace fat with muscle you will lose fat...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » dropping pounds
March 15, 11:10am

Re: Re: Wonderland Trail
I think Sarah got it just right. No way to know until the crews get into the field this spring. But it is such a beautiful area it is worth a trip even if part of the trail is closed.

In Post-Trip Reports » Yet more Wonderland Trail pics
March 15, 11:02am

Yet more Wonderland Trail pics
This past summer (2006) the five of us hiked the Wonderland Trail around Mt. Rainier in a leisurely 13 days. Trail and flower pictures can be found at http://picasaweb.google.com. I finis...

In Post-Trip Reports » Yet more Wonderland Trail pics
March 14, 11:15am

Re: Why Backpacking?
I'd much rather have "hordes of scruffy tourists" in the backcountry if the result is lots of protected backcountry. I'm afraid that people who know nothing about hiking will not...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Why Backpacking?
March 14, 11:10am

Re: dropping pounds
Hi, The best way to lose weight is to take a long backpacking trip. This past summer I lost about 12 lbs in about as many days hiking 93 miles up and down along the Wonderland Trail around Moun...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » dropping pounds
March 14, 11:06am

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