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Elliott Wolin (ewolin) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Hampton Roads, Virginia
About Me I am a 59 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: New camera
I've written this before, but I've never regretted spending more on a camera. I am very happy with the Sony RX100: compact, fairly light, great lens, many useful features. It may cost mo...

In Photography » New camera
February 19, 6:37pm

RE: Has anyone here switched to a quilt and liked it LESS than a regular sleeping bag?
I find bags too constrictive after using quilts a lot, I don't think I could go back. When it's cold I wear a warm hat, long-johns and thick socks to bed. No problem with occasional draft...

In GEAR » Has anyone here switched to a quilt and liked it LESS than a regular sleeping bag?
February 17, 1:51pm

RE: Backpackable Wood Stoves: Theory and Ultralight Application
May have posted this in another thread, but in the 1970's I read about a couple who would head out for a full month in the dead of winter in Maine. They pulled sleds so weight wasn't much ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Backpackable Wood Stoves: Theory and Ultralight Application
February 14, 8:20pm

RE: good, not too expensive, 2 or 3 person tent.
Also check out SteepAndCheap, you may have to wait but sometimes their deals are great. Of course the lightest and cheapest shelter is a tarp, even cheaper if you make it yourself, and tarps are...

In GEAR » good, not too expensive, 2 or 3 person tent.
February 13, 6:34pm

RE: Want to dip my toe in the MYOG water
You are about to become addicted... Many good suggestions above (stuff sacks, bivy sacks), but also a simple tarp, gators, and when you feel up to it, get a pattern and make a wind shirt with a ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Want to dip my toe in the MYOG water...
February 02, 5:17pm

RE: Horror Stories
Camping in a lean-to in the Catskill mountains in the 1970's, on top of a small ridge that dropped off to a stream. Started raining mid-afternoon pretty hard. At dusk a very large tree next t...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Horror Stories
January 27, 6:34pm

RE: Americans waste $28 bil a year on vitamins, doctors say
I am 60 years old and I take a multi-vitamin every day. It works out to be a few cents per day since I buy them in a large bottle at Costco. And I eat plenty (more than plenty, alas) and have a p...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Americans waste $28 bil a year on vitamins, doctors say
January 07, 2:48pm

RE: First sewing attempts and questions
You can purchase a walking foot accessory for many sewing machine models (not to be confused with a walking-foot sewing machine, which is something else). This helps move the fabric along from the...

In Make Your Own Gear » First sewing attempts and questions
January 07, 2:12pm

RE: First sewing attempts and questions
And the worst is when it's a fold of the waterproof garment you're making, and after you remove the stitching there are lots of tiny holes in your previously pristine fabric! So out comes ...

In Make Your Own Gear » First sewing attempts and questions
January 06, 12:45pm

RE: user reviews? Trail Designs simmer rings for 12-10 stove
I too found a ring cut out of a soda can works fine for the 12-10 stove. I posted pictures and a review on BPL some place many years ago. The ring weighed one or two grams.

In GEAR » user reviews? Trail Designs simmer rings for 12-10 stove
January 03, 11:09am

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