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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: emergency socks
One thing worse than having to dry your wet socks at night is having to dry someone else's. On a fantastic and very relaxed 14-day trip on the Wonderland Trail my teenage daughter complained...

In Make Your Own Gear » emergency socks
October 07, 11:35am

RE: Dumbest thing you ever carried
Ah yes, water, the dumbest thing I continue to carry, far worse than the 1/4 lb of salt. I too have carried 2L of water when I was crossing streams all the time. Last trip I more or less convin...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Dumbest thing you ever carried
October 07, 11:26am

Dumbest thing you ever carried
My wife, daughter and I were backpacking in the Rocky Mtn Nat'l Park for three days. My wife always takes care of the food and I take care of everything else. Upon regrouping in the park camp...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Dumbest thing you ever carried
October 06, 11:18am

Frosting lens of LED lantern
I now have two LED lanterns, mainly for car-camping. Both are too bright even at the lower settings, and have too much glare. I'm considering somehow frosting the outermost cylindrical plasti...

In GEAR » Frosting lens of LED lantern
September 23, 11:09am

RE: pack liners
I guess I'm just an organization freak! I use a 2mil poly bag as a liner. Sleeping bag goes in a myog silnylon sack. Same for clothing. This gives double protection to the important stuff...

In Philosophy & Technique » pack liners
August 30, 4:57pm

RE: sharing the fun
Seems there are two types of people: those who will put up with lots of annoyances and discomfort to be out in natural settings for long periods, and those for whom the discomforts and annoyances ...

In Philosophy & Technique » sharing the fun
August 22, 10:54am

RE: People's experiences with warranties
I too have had only good experiences, e.g. with SD, MSR, Thermarest, REI, Marmot, GG, etc. There are lots of posts about this in the Review section on companies. It makes sense for a serious co...

In GEAR » People's experiences with warranties?
August 20, 10:23am

RE: The trail food you just can't stand
Wheat-Tex TVP-based vegetarian backpacker's meal, in the 1980's, despite my huge appetite back then I went to sleep hungry. I haven't tried TVP since!

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » The trail food you just can't stand.
August 18, 11:06am

RE: MYOG head net
We just put the headnet over a hat with a brim to keep it off our face. I prefer a hat with a full brim all around (e.g. Tilley style) so no netting touches me anywhere.

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG head net
August 18, 11:01am

RE: What is your favorite base layer
I'm ultra-cheap! I just use whatever Campmor or STP has on sale. Seems to work fine, maybe not the lightest or most durable, but good enough and at around $5, who cares. Note that in the p...

In GEAR » What is your favorite base layer?
August 13, 10:44am

All Reader Reviews by Elliott Wolin

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Go Lite Speed
My daughter used this for 14 days on the Wonderland trail and was very happy. Max load after resupply was 22-25 pounds.

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 23, 11:01am

Platypus 6L Reservoir
Five of us took a Platypus 6L reservoir on a two-week trek. It was the handiest thing in the world for hauling large quantities of water to our camp. It has webbing handles, it was easy to fill, and...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
December 20, 8:29pm

eBAY.com
I moved five of us from traditional towards ultralight and got over half of the new/used equipment on Ebay. Key is to know what you are buying, i.e. know the brands and models you bid on. Second, AL...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
December 08, 10:52am

Canon G5
Not the lightest camera around at 410g, but at the time we bought it it had the most features for the lightest weight: 5 Megapixels, decent lens for its size, choice of compression algorithm, raw mod...

In Photography - Hiking & Backpacking Cameras
December 03, 5:46pm

Beyond Backpacking by Ray Jardine
A year or so ago I had thought backpacking was beyond my abilities, 23 years after my glory days in the Washington Cascades. I figured my back, knees, and ankles were no longer capable of hauling the...

In Books and Media
November 17, 11:36am

Granite Gear Vapor Trail
My son used this pack on a two week trek, max load 25 lbs, and was very happy. His only complaint was that it needed more outside pockets...perhaps I'll make a lid. Anyway he said it was very comfor...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
October 30, 10:58am

Coleman Xtreme
Five of used a Coleman Powermax Xtreme stove on a 14-day trek around Mt. Rainier this summer. Weather mostly cool, little rain, little wind. We brought 4-liter and 3-liter MSR pots and needed a larg...

In Stoves - Canister
October 25, 11:25am

Komperdell Contour Trekking Pole
We used two pairs of these on a 14-day trek around Mt. Rainier. A few minor problems with the locks needing to be tightened on occasion, but this also happened with the three other brands we carried ...

In Trekking Poles
October 25, 11:17am

Ray-Way 3-person tarp and net tent
With Ray's help I scaled up the 2-person tarp and net tent geometry to make a 3-person tarp and net tent. These worked great on a 14-day trek around Mt. Rainier, although we did not have any rain to ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
September 29, 10:31pm

Golite Trek
Used the Trek for one short trip and a 14-day trek around Mt. Rainier, 15-25 lb loads. It worked quite well for me as long as I took care to pack it properly. I folded my deflated foam pad in thirds...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
September 29, 10:12pm