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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
My Website URLhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ewolin

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All Forum Posts by Elliott Wolin

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RE: warning to you myog newbies
Yes, I became the seamster (I looked it up, it really is a word) for the entire family, my wife doesn't like to sew. It never bothered me, I keep thinking how much money we're saving by no...

In Make Your Own Gear » warning to you myog newbies
December 16, 9:49am

RE: stiffening vents
I used some thin poly tubing, the milky-white stuff you can get at a hardware store (not the clear stuff), in a vent in a large pyramid tent. Worked great.

In Make Your Own Gear » stiffening vents
December 11, 10:44am

RE: Becoming disoriented in the woods
I have another bad habit of not paying attention to where I'm going in nice conditions, and I walk off the trail on occasion. One beautiful spring day I was the last of four of us heading ba...

In Philosophy & Technique » Becoming disoriented in the woods
December 05, 2:47pm

RE: Becoming disoriented in the woods
I had a similar experience on the way down from Camp Muir in a whiteout many years ago. A small herd path in the snow was relatively easy to follow, and eventually we came to what looked like ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Becoming disoriented in the woods
December 04, 3:55pm

RE: Can I Cook in my Tent
Two related questions arose while reading this very nice article: 1) Years ago I purchased some sort of fire paste in a tube that was used to prime white gas stoves in the winter. You squeezed ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Can I Cook in my Tent?
December 03, 1:33pm

Becoming disoriented in the woods
Although I've been backpacking and hiking for 43 years now (!), and have never gotten lost, I have a confession to make: If I'm in dense or even not-so-dense woods without any distinguishi...

In Philosophy & Technique » Becoming disoriented in the woods
December 02, 12:26pm

RE: cheap and light winter sleeping systems
I too have had good success using a 2-person 3-season quilt under a 2-person summer quilt. I made the latter extra wide and long for just this reason. Heavier and bulkier than a pricey winter bag...

In GEAR » cheap and light winter sleeping systems
December 01, 2:47pm

most miserable cold night!
I used to carry this, it can run on an ounce or two of white gas. Don't recall using it often, but it sure was warm!

In GEAR » most miserable cold night!
November 21, 6:59pm

RE: most miserable cold night!
Way back in the early 1970's my winter camping instructor also suggested always going to bed warm. He said to run around or do squats or whatever if you get cold prior to getting into your...

In GEAR » most miserable cold night!
November 21, 12:34pm

RE: Let's talk about the advantages of being a single female backpacker for a change
"I suspect that women who broadcast their fear through body language are far more likely to be victimized." A self-defense instructor I know said the same thing. Men in jail who had a...

In Philosophy & Technique » Let's talk about the advantages of being a single female backpacker for a change....
November 21, 12:26pm

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