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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.
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All Forum Posts by Elliott Wolin

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Cold acclimation/adaptation - good or bad?
Some friends used to wear summer clothing way into the fall and even winter, supposedly to toughen themselves up for mountaineering trips. I've always wondered if this was a good idea. Some...

In Philosophy & Technique » Cold acclimation/adaptation - good or bad?
March 21, 1:46pm

RE: FLYWEIGHT KNIVES---Damn Fine Titanium Knives!
Mine just arrived, 0.7 oz incl. velcro sheath. Finally we'll be able to cook with a decent sized knife. My wife always complains that the blade of my Gerber Ultralight is too small for cookin...

In GEAR » FLYWEIGHT KNIVES---Damn Fine Titanium Knives!
March 20, 1:25pm

Re: Dividing gear with significant other
Our strategy is somewhat different. First, we never get separated. We did this when backpacking with our kids, where she would be in front, me in the rear and the kids in between, typically s...

In GEAR » Dividing gear with significant other
March 20, 9:52am

Attaching ventilation tube to tent wall
I'm looking for ideas for how to sew a cylindrical ventilation tube to a flat tent wall. This is for some bothy bags I'm making. All ideas are welcome, pictures would be even better.....

In Make Your Own Gear » Attaching ventilation tube to tent wall
March 19, 11:48am

RE: Chicken jerky
A quick web search yielded inconsistent results. Some people make jerky from pork or birds at 200 degF rather than the more typical 145 degF. Some sites say only to use smoked or processed chicke...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Help dehydrating beef jerky
March 18, 2:09pm

Chicken jerky
I recall reading one should not make jerky (from uncooked meat) using chicken, pork or fish. Something about nasty microorganisms in these meats that survive the low-temperature drying process. ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Help dehydrating beef jerky
March 18, 12:59pm

RE: Bothy bag plans
I mentioned to my wife about making a bothy bag and she immediately reeled off a number of situations were she was freezing her buns off during e.g. a lunch break, so she is definitely in favor of ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Bothy bag plans
March 17, 3:16pm

Bothy bag plans
Anyone have plans for a two or four person bothy bag? The basic design seems simple, but it's not clear where to put vents, windows, handles, drawcords, tie-out loops, etc. At the moment I...

In Make Your Own Gear » Bothy bag plans
March 14, 6:57pm

Re: Mukluks for my wife's cold feet at night
On the web Muskox under fur wool socks are $175! Or does someone sell them much cheaper?

In Make Your Own Gear » Mukluks for my wife's cold feet at night
March 14, 4:07pm

RE: Loosely tied shoes
I tie my shoes as loose as possible so that my toes don't jam going downhill, which turns out to be pretty loose. I need wide shoes (currently 11EE Merell Moab Ventilators, low top) and these ...

In GEAR » Loosely tied shoes
March 14, 12:00pm

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