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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: 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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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