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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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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