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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.
CityWilliamsburg
StateVA
CountryUSA
My Website URLhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ewolin

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All Forum Posts by Elliott Wolin

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RE: Best kind of alcohol stove to sometimes actually cook with
I've had reasonable luck with a Caldera Cone with the default 10-12 stove plus a simmer ring that cuts down the airflow to the stove. The simmer ring is just a strip cut out of a soda can, spl...

In GEAR » Best kind of alcohol stove to sometimes actually cook with
October 16, 12:52pm

RE: Is backpacking only for the young
Thanks for all the responses and counter-examples. I'm resting easier now that it appears that our Colorado experience the past two weeks was somewhat anomalous. I too, about to turn 60, am...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Is backpacking only for the young!
October 02, 6:24pm

Is backpacking only for the young!
My wife and I just returned from a two-week trip to Colorado. We hiked and backpacked in the Aspen (Maroon Bells) area and in the mountains around Dillon/Silverthorne (our plan to spend two weeks ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Is backpacking only for the young!
October 02, 11:36am

Portable scale for luggage and food
Can anyone recommend a portable scale that can: 1 - Weigh airplane luggage, so it has to handle at least 50 lbs, resolution about 1 lb at the high end. 2 - Weigh food bags, so it has to be accu...

In GEAR » Portable scale for luggage and food
September 30, 4:27pm

Colorado hiking information needed ASAP!
So our plane lands in Denver this Mon morning. And we made extensive plans for two weeks of hiking and backpacking in Rocky Mountain National Park. But the park is closed until further notice d...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Colorado hiking information needed ASAP!
September 14, 8:51pm

RE: Rugged waterproof cameras with excellent image quality
Haven't followed this thread, but did anyone mention using a fully waterproof case with a high-quality camera? I just purchased a Sony RX-100 and hope to get a waterproof case when the prices ...

In Photography » Rugged waterproof cameras with excellent image quality
September 12, 11:39am

RE: The most "non lightweight" thing you've seen on the trail"
Ok, this may not qualify since it was canoe/kayak camping. But my friend brought two dozen ears of fresh corn, onions, tomatoes, peppers, a hunk of beef for fajitas, two dozen eggs, two pounds of ...

In GEAR » The most "non lightweight" thing you've seen on the trail
September 12, 11:33am

RE: Waterproofing the bottom of down booties
Try the stuff used to recoat waterproof tent fabrics. Kenyon Recoat, McNett TentSure, there are others. They don't add much weight and they mostly soak into the fabric so it doesn't becom...

In GEAR » Waterproofing the bottom of down booties?
September 10, 11:29am

RE: How Much Extra Food? If Any
It should be obvious, but to be absolutely clear: Although a lot of people seem to agree on about 1 1/2 lbs/food/day/person, this only works if the food is fairly calorie-dense (e.g. dried or de...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » How Much Extra Food? If Any?
August 28, 10:57am

RE: How Much Extra Food? If Any
We started by packing almost 2 lbs/person/day and gradually figured out how to drop it down to 1 1/2 lbs by trial and error. In the beginning we had extra food at the end, so we modified food on t...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » How Much Extra Food? If Any?
August 27, 2:54pm

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