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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
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All Forum Posts by Elliott Wolin

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RE: emergency socks
One thing worse than having to dry your wet socks at night is having to dry someone else's. On a fantastic and very relaxed 14-day trip on the Wonderland Trail my teenage daughter complained...

In Make Your Own Gear » emergency socks
October 07, 11:35am

RE: Dumbest thing you ever carried
Ah yes, water, the dumbest thing I continue to carry, far worse than the 1/4 lb of salt. I too have carried 2L of water when I was crossing streams all the time. Last trip I more or less convin...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Dumbest thing you ever carried
October 07, 11:26am

Dumbest thing you ever carried
My wife, daughter and I were backpacking in the Rocky Mtn Nat'l Park for three days. My wife always takes care of the food and I take care of everything else. Upon regrouping in the park camp...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Dumbest thing you ever carried
October 06, 11:18am

Frosting lens of LED lantern
I now have two LED lanterns, mainly for car-camping. Both are too bright even at the lower settings, and have too much glare. I'm considering somehow frosting the outermost cylindrical plasti...

In GEAR » Frosting lens of LED lantern
September 23, 11:09am

RE: pack liners
I guess I'm just an organization freak! I use a 2mil poly bag as a liner. Sleeping bag goes in a myog silnylon sack. Same for clothing. This gives double protection to the important stuff...

In Philosophy & Technique » pack liners
August 30, 4:57pm

RE: sharing the fun
Seems there are two types of people: those who will put up with lots of annoyances and discomfort to be out in natural settings for long periods, and those for whom the discomforts and annoyances ...

In Philosophy & Technique » sharing the fun
August 22, 10:54am

RE: People's experiences with warranties
I too have had only good experiences, e.g. with SD, MSR, Thermarest, REI, Marmot, GG, etc. There are lots of posts about this in the Review section on companies. It makes sense for a serious co...

In GEAR » People's experiences with warranties?
August 20, 10:23am

RE: The trail food you just can't stand
Wheat-Tex TVP-based vegetarian backpacker's meal, in the 1980's, despite my huge appetite back then I went to sleep hungry. I haven't tried TVP since!

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » The trail food you just can't stand.
August 18, 11:06am

RE: MYOG head net
We just put the headnet over a hat with a brim to keep it off our face. I prefer a hat with a full brim all around (e.g. Tilley style) so no netting touches me anywhere.

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG head net
August 18, 11:01am

RE: What is your favorite base layer
I'm ultra-cheap! I just use whatever Campmor or STP has on sale. Seems to work fine, maybe not the lightest or most durable, but good enough and at around $5, who cares. Note that in the p...

In GEAR » What is your favorite base layer?
August 13, 10:44am

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