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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: 10 "Essentials
Valerie, I totally agree. I too used to play outside all day in hot NYC summers without a thought concerning water, and guess what, I got thirsty. And when I got home, I drank something. And...

In GEAR » 10 "Essentials"
July 16, 6:56pm

RE: 10 "Essentials
Discussing the 10 essentials on the BPL site is like reminding big wall climbers to bring a rope (I know, some don't use one). BPL is where backpackers obsess over every detail of equipment an...

In GEAR » 10 "Essentials"
July 16, 10:47am

RE: People who don't enjoy camping
I recall Colin Fletcher (The Complete Walker) saying something to the effect that one of the virtues of backpacking is that after you return, having not had a shower in days/weeks/months, how good ...

In Philosophy & Technique » People who don't enjoy camping
July 15, 11:17am

RE: What do you hike with that nobody else has?"
"And Polar bears who need to convert from Cartesian coordinates" Clever, but I groaned anyway. Due to the lack of response I gather few math geeks are following this thread.

In GEAR » What do you hike with that nobody else has?
July 15, 11:03am

Re: Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 10
Even if you haven't been following all the episodes, make it a point to watch the interview starting near the second half of episode 10. Smokin' Bear, you inspire me, and probably everyo...

In Editor's Roundtable » Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 10
July 12, 7:05pm

Re: Ideas for a 3 day trip in Colorado
Last fall we did a great three-day trip into the Maroon Bells area near Aspen. Hardly anyone camping there then, I suspect it might be much different in the summer.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Ideas for a 3 day trip in Colorado?
July 12, 3:25pm

RE: Delmar's Poll
"Was this a ranger or just some random coprophiliac?" I was amazed to find that coprophiliac is actually a real word! Check it out on Wiktionary, if you dare...

In Editor's Roundtable » Delmar's Poll
July 10, 11:24am

RE: How light is light
I have to second Rick's comments, although I'm not an expert. The CDC reports that about 1/3 of adult Americans are pre-diabetic, and 93% don't know it. Pre-diabetes, metabolic synd...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How light is light?
July 10, 11:05am

RE: Cold oatmeal replacement for quick breakfast
We've always liked Alpen Muesli: http://www.amazon.com/Alpen-Natural-Muesli-Cereal-Original/dp/B0046HJVMQ/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1405010729&sr=8-3&keywords=muesli+alpen Otherw...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Cold oatmeal replacement for quick breakfast
July 10, 10:47am

RE: What gear makes you happy
I think someone already mentioned, anything I made myself that still qualifies as light or UL. On kayaking and other non-backpacking trips, the roar of my old Optimus 111B stove, a veritable blo...

In GEAR » What gear makes you happy?
July 09, 2:31pm

All Reader Reviews by Elliott Wolin

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Granite Gear Customer Service (???)
After many uses a small triangular internal panel on my Vapor Trail pulled out of the seam. Sent it back and received a brand new Vapor Trail a few days later. What more needs to be said?

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
September 03, 7:33am

evernew ultralight 1.3l ti pot
This pot works great with the Caldera Cone, and is very efficient. This summer two of us used 15 grams/day/person of denatured alcohol for mostly freezer-bag cooking, with some extended simmering f...

In Cookware - Titanium
August 27, 10:49am

Trail Designs and Titanium Goat Ti-Tri
Just took a Tri-Ti for the 1.3L Evernew titanium pot on a seven day trip in the Adirondacks. Mild conditions, little wind. We (two of us) cooked 5 dinners and 2 breakfasts in the seven days/six ni...

In Stoves - Alcohol
August 14, 11:22am

Glad SimplyCooking Microwave Steamer Bags
These bags are designed to steam veggies in a microwave oven. They are absolutely perfect for "freezer-bag" cooking. They are made of a tougher material than freezer bags, one designed fo...

In Cookware - Other
August 12, 11:21am

The Mountaineers Mountaineering: Freedom Of The Hills
I discovered this book in the 1970's while living in Seattle. It was the bible of mountaineering back then, and the latest edition is the bible now. If you are interested in technical mounta...

In Books and Media
July 18, 2:20pm

Potable Aqua Iodine Drinking Water Germicidal Tablets
Results of some web research: one Potable Aqua tablet in a liter of water generates 8 mg/l or 8ppm iodine, which does the work. Ignoring cryptosporodium: in clear, warm water the nasties are gone...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
July 18, 1:50pm

Trail Life- Ray Jardine's Lightweight Backpacking
Ray has done it again! This is the best and most comprehensive introduction to lightweight and UL backpacking around. While "Lighten Up" provides a brief, humorous introduction to ...

In Books and Media
July 17, 7:37pm

MSR Pocket Rocket
I don't know what everyone is complaining about. Do you want a light stove or a strong stove? Do you want an unstable canister-top stove or a much more stable sit-on-the-ground stove? Do you us...

In Stoves - Canister
June 26, 9:01am

Stearns Ergo-Mat mattress
Owned a Basic Designs Ergo-Mat for many years, brand now owned by Stearns. It developed internal leaks recently, probably due to the internal fabric coating wearing out. Stearns said there is on...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
August 18, 11:29am

Trail Designs Caldera Stove
Ti-Tri just arrived. Made some measurements on my patio, mild weather (60's), no wind. I used cool tap water. I boiled 1, 2, and 3 cups of water in an MSR Titan kettle. Rolling boil times 4,...

In Stoves - Alcohol
May 03, 8:51pm