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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: 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

RE: Hotel shoescamp shoes
We're happy with Sprint Aquatics as well, agree with everything previous post said, especially about sizing up!

In GEAR » "Hotel" shoescamp shoes
August 12, 10:31am

RE: What's your favorite green tea?
Green tea is good, but I like Oolong better. It's sort of half-way between green and black, more robust flavor than green, not as strong as black. Call me crazy...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » What's your favorite green tea?
August 10, 11:46am

Re: dehyrdrating my own food
We found the same trend concerning drying for many other things. We used to dry cherries, now you can get dried ones in Costco cheaper. Same for (canned) peach halves, apricots, even jerky (altho...

In Make Your Own Gear » dehyrdrating my own food
August 09, 5:20pm

RE: Checking food when backpacking
We've checked luggage full of dried and freeze-dried food many times, no problems. Be careful about stoves, some carriers won't allow a liquid gas fuel container, even if it's empty....

In Pre-Trip Planning » Checking food when backpacking
August 06, 12:19pm

All Reader Reviews by Elliott Wolin

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McNett AquaMira Water Treatment
Since I don't try for mileage records each day (my feet and knees wouldn't tolerate it), I have absolutely no problem counting drops and waiting 5 minutes to pour it in. And AquaMira is much c...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
February 03, 7:15pm

Marmot Grouse (vintage)
Even though the Marmot Grouse is discontinued and only available on Ebay and the like, I just had to review it. Around 1980 my wife and I were using 3.5 lb REI sewn-through duck-down three-season b...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
January 30, 11:34am

MSR/Cascade Designs Customer Service
Around 1980 I heard about Thermarest pads. Air mats had a bad reputation then, but after testimonials from the American K2 expedition I purchased two "seconds", supposedly cosmetic blemishe...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
January 30, 11:19am

Ray Way Net Tent Kit
I found it quite simple to sew a 2-person and 3-person net tent from the instructions in the Tarp Book (I had to scale up the dimensions for the 3-person net tent). I purchased the materials from...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
December 06, 11:15am

Golite Umbrella
I'm in complete agreement with Ray Jardine concerning hiking with an umbrella. They are the best thing going. As often noted, with an umbrella you can dress for the temperature, not for the rain...

In Miscellaneous Products
November 13, 12:51pm

Complete Walker by Colin Fletcher
I read the first edition soon after it came out (early 1970's?) and from then on it was my bible. The recent edition is not as ultralight as I'd like, but Rawlins often discusses it. Wit...

In Books and Media
July 31, 10:58am

Leki Ultralight Ti
I've been using these on and off for about a year, and they work great for me. Once in a while I have to tighten the locks, but not often. Hard to beat in a 3-piece non-carbon pole, and about as...

In Trekking Poles
July 31, 10:52am

Colombia Bora Bora Booney Hat
This is a full-brimmed hat that works great as a sun-hat, and even provides some warmth when it gets cool or a bit windy. The top has a mesh panel that ventilates pretty well. It also has an adj...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
July 23, 1:49pm

Merrell Mesa Ventilator II Cross-Training Shoes
Salesman at local mountaineering shop recommended them. They work great for four of us for mild weather hiking and backpacking up to 25 lbs. Very breathable, dry quickly, good foot protection, no tw...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
May 29, 2:24am

Ray Way tarp kit two person
I purchased a "seconds" tarp kit a long while back, supposedly just cosmetic defects in the fabric. It was a bit cheaper than normal. Since then RayWay Products switched to a different sil...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
April 26, 11:01am