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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: 10 "Essentials
Valerie, I totally agree. I too used to play outside all day in hot NYC summers without a thought concerning water, and guess what, I got thirsty. And when I got home, I drank something. And...

In GEAR » 10 "Essentials"
July 16, 6:56pm

RE: 10 "Essentials
Discussing the 10 essentials on the BPL site is like reminding big wall climbers to bring a rope (I know, some don't use one). BPL is where backpackers obsess over every detail of equipment an...

In GEAR » 10 "Essentials"
July 16, 10:47am

RE: People who don't enjoy camping
I recall Colin Fletcher (The Complete Walker) saying something to the effect that one of the virtues of backpacking is that after you return, having not had a shower in days/weeks/months, how good ...

In Philosophy & Technique » People who don't enjoy camping
July 15, 11:17am

RE: What do you hike with that nobody else has?"
"And Polar bears who need to convert from Cartesian coordinates" Clever, but I groaned anyway. Due to the lack of response I gather few math geeks are following this thread.

In GEAR » What do you hike with that nobody else has?
July 15, 11:03am

Re: Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 10
Even if you haven't been following all the episodes, make it a point to watch the interview starting near the second half of episode 10. Smokin' Bear, you inspire me, and probably everyo...

In Editor's Roundtable » Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 10
July 12, 7:05pm

Re: Ideas for a 3 day trip in Colorado
Last fall we did a great three-day trip into the Maroon Bells area near Aspen. Hardly anyone camping there then, I suspect it might be much different in the summer.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Ideas for a 3 day trip in Colorado?
July 12, 3:25pm

RE: Delmar's Poll
"Was this a ranger or just some random coprophiliac?" I was amazed to find that coprophiliac is actually a real word! Check it out on Wiktionary, if you dare...

In Editor's Roundtable » Delmar's Poll
July 10, 11:24am

RE: How light is light
I have to second Rick's comments, although I'm not an expert. The CDC reports that about 1/3 of adult Americans are pre-diabetic, and 93% don't know it. Pre-diabetes, metabolic synd...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How light is light?
July 10, 11:05am

RE: Cold oatmeal replacement for quick breakfast
We've always liked Alpen Muesli: http://www.amazon.com/Alpen-Natural-Muesli-Cereal-Original/dp/B0046HJVMQ/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1405010729&sr=8-3&keywords=muesli+alpen Otherw...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Cold oatmeal replacement for quick breakfast
July 10, 10:47am

RE: What gear makes you happy
I think someone already mentioned, anything I made myself that still qualifies as light or UL. On kayaking and other non-backpacking trips, the roar of my old Optimus 111B stove, a veritable blo...

In GEAR » What gear makes you happy?
July 09, 2:31pm

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