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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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RE: AliExpress
They seem to market knock-offs of every modern stove I've ever seen, along with cheaper prices than I've ever seen on most Fire Maple stoves.

In GEAR » anybody tried aliexpress sleeping pads, tents, and titanium goods?
January 20, 11:46am

RE: Stink Bomb Tent
PU can develop a kind of mold that you can get rid of, I've done this with old tent flies and other PU coated fabrics. I use Mirazyme, which can be found at REI and lots of other places. Ba...

In GEAR » Stink Bomb Tent
January 19, 4:53pm

RE: Wonderland Trail Preliminary Planning
"I am curious how many days of food you had to carry at a time to do those short days. I really much prefer to limit how many days of food I carry to 2 or 3 when possible. If necessary I somet...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Wonderland Trail Preliminary Planning
January 16, 11:41am

For your dad
Absolutely have him use hiking poles. The amount of stress poles allow you to avoid on your knees is as amazing as it is essential.

In GEAR » Old Guys Backpacking
January 16, 11:33am

Re: Old guys running
At age 60 every sports injury I've ever had, including ones I didn't know about or forgotten about, are coming back to haunt me. This includes ankles, knees and spine. No signs of inflamm...

In GEAR » Old Guys Backpacking
January 15, 1:09pm

Re: Wonderland Trail Preliminary Planning
As I've posted many times, my family did the Wonderland Train in 13 nights and enjoyed every single moment. This is a trail to savor, it is arguably the finest trail in the US. If you hike fo...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Wonderland Trail Preliminary Planning
January 15, 1:01pm

RE: What our gear says about us...
I need to join Gearaholics Anonymous as well. I have almost every piece of gear I've purchased for backpacking and car camping since the 1970's other than items that completely disintegr...

In GEAR » What our gear says about us...
January 12, 2:52pm

Re: Why do male adventurers not take their female partners along?
I'd be in big trouble if I even thought of going hiking or backpacking without my wife. It might be ok if it was with one of our kids and she couldn't go for some reason. Or maybe if it i...

In Philosophy & Technique » Why do male adventurers not take their female partners along?
January 10, 10:43am

RE: Old Guys Backpacking
"'Apparently the younger folk are not as active in backpacking as the old folks. they have more options, I suppose.' Naw, they're just wimps... ;-) " "Hey hey, no n...

In GEAR » Old Guys Backpacking
January 06, 1:38pm

RE: Old Guys Backpacking
"Apparently the younger folk are not as active in backpacking as the old folks. they have more options, I suppose." Naw, they're just wimps... ;-)

In GEAR » Old Guys Backpacking
January 05, 2:57pm

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