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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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Another microspike brand?
Anyone know anything about Snowline Chainsen?

In GEAR » Crampons for the Grand Canyon
February 28, 3:22pm

RE: OK to leave down compressed for a long time?
A friend in the Air Force said their bail-out kits sometimes contained a tiny, vacuum-packed down sleeping bag. During training they opened one up, he was amazed at how much loft it regained. I u...

In GEAR » OK to leave down compressed for a long time?
February 27, 12:13pm

RE: OK to leave down compressed for a long time?
I have down sleeping bags from the late 1970's that still loft up good as new, and they've been in various sized stuff sacks almost all that time (almost 40 years!). I currently keep them ...

In GEAR » OK to leave down compressed for a long time?
February 26, 3:01pm

RE: abandoned tent
I'd be wary of the fabric, long exposure to UV really weakens nylon. Years ago I set up an old tent for the kids to use in the backyard. It was out there for an entire summer. That fall ...

In Make Your Own Gear » abandoned tent
February 25, 10:19am

Re: Bad Food in the Parks...
It's even worse than you might think! On our way around Mt Rainier on the Wonderland Trail in 2006 we ate at the restaurant at Longmire. I forget what my wife had but she got food poisoning...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Bad Food in the Parks...
February 21, 11:32am

RE: BRS-3000T stove Spotlite Review
"It's Chinese New Year right now, and GearBest are all on holiday. But when they return (next week) I believe they may be going to offer a discount coupon for BPL readers." Rats......

In Editor's Roundtable » BRS-3000T stove Spotlite Review
February 20, 1:19pm

Cheapest I've seen for BRS-3000T
On Ebay it's over $20, $14.90 here:

In Editor's Roundtable » BRS-3000T stove Spotlite Review
February 19, 11:40am

Re: Somewhat OT: Larger Tarps
I've heard that good old blue tarps work great, they are tough and last a long time. And they are really cheap, if one gets trashed it's not a big deal.

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Somewhat OT: Larger Tarps
February 19, 11:29am

Re: Cutting it too light
"Malto, last July in Yosemite I got caught in the heaviest rain I've ever witnessed. The trail went from totally dry to being a stream within a couple minutes. If I had tried to take off m...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Cutting it too light
February 19, 11:27am

Re: Super-Awesome TIP OF THE DAY!!! (warning, thread may be too awesome for some viewers)
I second doing exercise prior to going to sleep on a cold night. We'd often run in deep snow while waiting for food to cook or prior to going to sleep, it really warms you up trying to run whe...

In Philosophy & Technique » Super-Awesome TIP OF THE DAY!!! (warning, thread may be too awesome for some viewers)
February 13, 7:18pm

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