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Elliott Wolin (ewolin) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Hampton Roads, Virginia
About Me I am a 61 year old PhD 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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RE: Long underwear
I second STP, we get all our outdoor underwear there (for hiking and kayaking), usually at greatly reduced cost. We've been very happy with what we got there, and you're only out $5-$10 or...

In GEAR » Long underwear?
September 07, 2:53pm

RE: Paper & Pencil
We use Rite-in-the-rain notebooks and a lightweight mechanical pencil with a bunch of spare leads inside. The latter weighs a fraction of an ounce with enough lead to write a novel.

In GEAR » Paper & Pencil
August 08, 3:41pm

RE: WTB 20-25 yards of Silnylon
Outdoor Wilderness Fabrics gives a really good discount for orders of 20+ yards of fabric.

In Gear Swap » WTB 20-25 yards of Silnylon
August 08, 3:38pm

RE: Snapshots vs Photography
Years ago I reconciled myself to the fact that I only take snapshots, not photographs. I just don't want to take the time to plan, think about, compose, get up early, wait for good light, ...

In Photography » Snapshots vs Photography
July 29, 7:33pm

Outbreak of Giardiasis Associated with Drinking Surface Water Along a Hiking Trail [Aquamira]"
I believe the 4 hour treatment time is for Crypto (not common in the US I understand) and the worst water conditions (cold, dirty). I recall reading that Giardia in clear water needs at most 30 mi...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Outbreak of Giardiasis Associated with Drinking Surface Water Along a Hiking Trail [Aquamira]
July 12, 4:59pm

RE: Outbreak of Giardiasis
I also treat large quantities of water overnight at typically half-dose in a large platypus. The dose-time relationship is mostly linear (within limits), e.g. doubling the time means you can halve...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Outbreak of Giardiasis Associated with Drinking Surface Water Along a Hiking Trail [Aquamira]
June 14, 7:21pm

RE: Outbreak of Giardiasis
Best advice I've heard came from an AquaMira salesman. He said to use ClO2 drops/tablets to kill bacteria and other easy stuff, then use a Frontier Straw to filter out the big stuff, i.e. Giar...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Outbreak of Giardiasis Associated with Drinking Surface Water Along a Hiking Trail [Aquamira]
June 14, 1:48pm

RE: Waterproofing cameras for potential swims
Fully waterproof cases are made for lots of cameras, from really expensive deep-diving cases to moderately priced lexan dive boxes to flexible plastic sacks with a glass section to shoot through. ...

In Packrafting » Waterproofing cameras for potential swims
May 24, 12:30pm

RE: MYOG: Hanging Stove System
I recall in the latest edition of The Complete Backpacker that Chip Rawlins really liked to use a stove hanger, even when not in tents in the winter. He claimed it works well hanging in trees or w...

In Editor's Roundtable » MYOG: Hanging Stove System
April 08, 12:45pm

RE: Need to make some quilts for the kids
I've made a couple of quilts but always used synthetic insulation (Climashield, etc). It's really quick and easy, much less effort than down, and way cheaper. I just don't want to do ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Need to make some quilts for the kids.
April 08, 8:45am

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