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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: enjoying backpacking
We didn't backpack for almost 20 years while our kids were growing up, with the exception of one overnight trip years ago where I turned into a pack mule. Day trips and car camping were the ru...

In Philosophy & Technique » enjoying backpacking
May 21, 11:22am

Foot growth
I'm 53 and for the life of me I could never again wear my heavy-duty mountaineering boots purchased in 1977. I climbed many Washington volcanoes and other peaks in them in the late 1970's ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Have your feet grown?
May 15, 11:43am

Lightweight synthetic sleep system
Hi, There's always a Ray-Way quilt kit...inexpensive, pretty easy to sew, light and warm. My wife and I use the two-person, and it is great. I've never used the 1-person quilt, though.

In GEAR » Synthetic Sleeping System
May 09, 11:28am

Re: pee bag
Ok, this thread is getting a little weird, but if you are really interested, there is a chapter on urine drinking in the otherwise fascinating book "Honey, Mud, Maggots and Other Medical Marv...

In Make Your Own Gear » pee bag
May 07, 12:19pm

Re: How Much Money Have You Spent On Gear
Used clothing, even slightly used, can go for very little on eBay, but you have to keep your eyes open and be patient. Also, you may have difficulty finding the lightest stuff. And if there are m...

In Gear Lists » How Much Money Have You Spent On Gear
May 02, 11:39am

Re: Why I Go Light
Thanks for a second article (at least recently) on going very light, but not SUL (thick and comfortable sleeping pads come to mind). Another aspect not mentioned often: the latest SUL wonder ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Why I Go Light
April 25, 12:05pm

Re: Lightweight Gear for Long Distance Hiking: Four Months in Europe
Hi, Two things pleased me about your article and responses. The first was your courage in boldly flaunting the SUL party line, and taking comfortable pads and other heavier equipment, with go...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Gear for Long Distance Hiking: Four Months in Europe
April 20, 11:11am

Re: Re: Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn Tarp REVIEW
I suggest BPL use a separate heading to list issues of concern that are inherent in the product itself, but that are not design or manufacturing defects (such as lack of bug protection by a tarp). ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn Tarp REVIEW
April 18, 10:51am

Re: cordura coating removal
Hi, Depending on the coating, just washing it in normal laundry detergent once or twice might work. I wanted to recoat the tarp from a big Eureka tent and their tech support said this should work.

In Make Your Own Gear » cordura coating removal
April 10, 12:51pm

Over 50 and always use two poles
If you are like me and my wife, over 50 with weakened knees and ankles, using two poles is essential. They both allow us to relieve stress on ankles and knees, and help keep us focused on where we...

In Philosophy & Technique » SUL packs & trek pole usefulness?
April 09, 1:31pm

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