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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.
CityWilliamsburg
StateVA
CountryUSA
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All Forum Posts by Elliott Wolin

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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

Re: Stove fuel usage
Based on experience from numerous trips using canister stoves I concur with 15 ml per person per day for cooking/simmering and some extra water for drinks/washing. Maybe 12 ml/p/day for one-pot me...

In GEAR » Stove fuel usage
April 07, 3:35pm

Re: Wash Yer Down People!!!!
I too am always surprised how much dirt appears when washing puffy down and synthetic bags, jackets, vests, etc. And how much loft is regained...often the item appears to be good as new after wash...

In GEAR » Wash Yer Down People!!!!
April 06, 10:13am

RE: Iridium GO! First Look
May have been mentioned earlier in this thread, but although I don't care what people do privately in the woods, what I really dislike is: CELL PHONE SHOUT ON TOP OF A MOUNTAIN OR OTHER BEAU...

In Editor's Roundtable » Iridium GO! First Look
April 03, 1:09pm

Re: Would you buy this tent
A cautionary tale concerning cheap tents. Some friends purchased an inexpensive six-person tent, perhaps from Walmart. On the first trip it started raining and they said the fly started leaking a...

In GEAR » Would you buy this tent?
April 02, 11:53am

RE: two person ultralight quilts
Synthetic quilts are really easy to make, and the materials are inexpensive and easy to find (e.g. owfinc.com). They make a great first-time project. A couple of companies sell kits, I got one ...

In GEAR » two person ultralight quilts
March 31, 1:57pm

Re: Showing an Afghan vet my UL gear today
Another great introductory book is Trail Life by Jardine. The previous version (Beyond Backpacking) is what got me backpacking again after a 20 year break. I figured I couldn't handle the loa...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Showing an Afghan vet my UL gear today
March 28, 1:31pm

Cold acclimation/adaptation - good or bad?
Some friends used to wear summer clothing way into the fall and even winter, supposedly to toughen themselves up for mountaineering trips. I've always wondered if this was a good idea. Some...

In Philosophy & Technique » Cold acclimation/adaptation - good or bad?
March 21, 1:46pm

RE: FLYWEIGHT KNIVES---Damn Fine Titanium Knives!
Mine just arrived, 0.7 oz incl. velcro sheath. Finally we'll be able to cook with a decent sized knife. My wife always complains that the blade of my Gerber Ultralight is too small for cookin...

In Gear Deals » FLYWEIGHT KNIVES---Damn Fine Titanium Knives!
March 20, 1:25pm

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