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

Re: Dividing gear with significant other
Our strategy is somewhat different. First, we never get separated. We did this when backpacking with our kids, where she would be in front, me in the rear and the kids in between, typically s...

In GEAR » Dividing gear with significant other
March 20, 9:52am

Attaching ventilation tube to tent wall
I'm looking for ideas for how to sew a cylindrical ventilation tube to a flat tent wall. This is for some bothy bags I'm making. All ideas are welcome, pictures would be even better.....

In Make Your Own Gear » Attaching ventilation tube to tent wall
March 19, 11:48am

RE: Chicken jerky
A quick web search yielded inconsistent results. Some people make jerky from pork or birds at 200 degF rather than the more typical 145 degF. Some sites say only to use smoked or processed chicke...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Help dehydrating beef jerky
March 18, 2:09pm

Chicken jerky
I recall reading one should not make jerky (from uncooked meat) using chicken, pork or fish. Something about nasty microorganisms in these meats that survive the low-temperature drying process. ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Help dehydrating beef jerky
March 18, 12:59pm

RE: Bothy bag plans
I mentioned to my wife about making a bothy bag and she immediately reeled off a number of situations were she was freezing her buns off during e.g. a lunch break, so she is definitely in favor of ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Bothy bag plans
March 17, 3:16pm

Bothy bag plans
Anyone have plans for a two or four person bothy bag? The basic design seems simple, but it's not clear where to put vents, windows, handles, drawcords, tie-out loops, etc. At the moment I...

In Make Your Own Gear » Bothy bag plans
March 14, 6:57pm

Re: Mukluks for my wife's cold feet at night
On the web Muskox under fur wool socks are $175! Or does someone sell them much cheaper?

In Make Your Own Gear » Mukluks for my wife's cold feet at night
March 14, 4:07pm

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