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Elliott Wolin (ewolin) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Hampton Roads, Virginia
About Me I am a 61 year old PhD 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: Long underwear
I second STP, we get all our outdoor underwear there (for hiking and kayaking), usually at greatly reduced cost. We've been very happy with what we got there, and you're only out $5-$10 or...

In GEAR » Long underwear?
September 07, 2:53pm

RE: Paper & Pencil
We use Rite-in-the-rain notebooks and a lightweight mechanical pencil with a bunch of spare leads inside. The latter weighs a fraction of an ounce with enough lead to write a novel.

In GEAR » Paper & Pencil
August 08, 3:41pm

RE: WTB 20-25 yards of Silnylon
Outdoor Wilderness Fabrics gives a really good discount for orders of 20+ yards of fabric.

In Gear Swap » WTB 20-25 yards of Silnylon
August 08, 3:38pm

RE: Snapshots vs Photography
Years ago I reconciled myself to the fact that I only take snapshots, not photographs. I just don't want to take the time to plan, think about, compose, get up early, wait for good light, ...

In Photography » Snapshots vs Photography
July 29, 7:33pm

Outbreak of Giardiasis Associated with Drinking Surface Water Along a Hiking Trail [Aquamira]"
I believe the 4 hour treatment time is for Crypto (not common in the US I understand) and the worst water conditions (cold, dirty). I recall reading that Giardia in clear water needs at most 30 mi...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Outbreak of Giardiasis Associated with Drinking Surface Water Along a Hiking Trail [Aquamira]
July 12, 4:59pm

RE: Outbreak of Giardiasis
I also treat large quantities of water overnight at typically half-dose in a large platypus. The dose-time relationship is mostly linear (within limits), e.g. doubling the time means you can halve...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Outbreak of Giardiasis Associated with Drinking Surface Water Along a Hiking Trail [Aquamira]
June 14, 7:21pm

RE: Outbreak of Giardiasis
Best advice I've heard came from an AquaMira salesman. He said to use ClO2 drops/tablets to kill bacteria and other easy stuff, then use a Frontier Straw to filter out the big stuff, i.e. Giar...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Outbreak of Giardiasis Associated with Drinking Surface Water Along a Hiking Trail [Aquamira]
June 14, 1:48pm

RE: Waterproofing cameras for potential swims
Fully waterproof cases are made for lots of cameras, from really expensive deep-diving cases to moderately priced lexan dive boxes to flexible plastic sacks with a glass section to shoot through. ...

In Packrafting » Waterproofing cameras for potential swims
May 24, 12:30pm

RE: MYOG: Hanging Stove System
I recall in the latest edition of The Complete Backpacker that Chip Rawlins really liked to use a stove hanger, even when not in tents in the winter. He claimed it works well hanging in trees or w...

In Editor's Roundtable » MYOG: Hanging Stove System
April 08, 12:45pm

RE: Need to make some quilts for the kids
I've made a couple of quilts but always used synthetic insulation (Climashield, etc). It's really quick and easy, much less effort than down, and way cheaper. I just don't want to do ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Need to make some quilts for the kids.
April 08, 8:45am

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
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