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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: OK to leave down compressed for a long time?
A friend in the Air Force said their bail-out kits sometimes contained a tiny, vacuum-packed down sleeping bag. During training they opened one up, he was amazed at how much loft it regained. I u...

In GEAR » OK to leave down compressed for a long time?
February 27, 12:13pm

RE: OK to leave down compressed for a long time?
I have down sleeping bags from the late 1970's that still loft up good as new, and they've been in various sized stuff sacks almost all that time (almost 40 years!). I currently keep them ...

In GEAR » OK to leave down compressed for a long time?
February 26, 3:01pm

RE: abandoned tent
I'd be wary of the fabric, long exposure to UV really weakens nylon. Years ago I set up an old tent for the kids to use in the backyard. It was out there for an entire summer. That fall ...

In Make Your Own Gear » abandoned tent
February 25, 10:19am

Re: Bad Food in the Parks...
It's even worse than you might think! On our way around Mt Rainier on the Wonderland Trail in 2006 we ate at the restaurant at Longmire. I forget what my wife had but she got food poisoning...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Bad Food in the Parks...
February 21, 11:32am

RE: BRS-3000T stove Spotlite Review
"It's Chinese New Year right now, and GearBest are all on holiday. But when they return (next week) I believe they may be going to offer a discount coupon for BPL readers." Rats......

In Editor's Roundtable » BRS-3000T stove Spotlite Review
February 20, 1:19pm

Cheapest I've seen for BRS-3000T
On Ebay it's over $20, $14.90 here:

In Editor's Roundtable » BRS-3000T stove Spotlite Review
February 19, 11:40am

Re: Somewhat OT: Larger Tarps
I've heard that good old blue tarps work great, they are tough and last a long time. And they are really cheap, if one gets trashed it's not a big deal.

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Somewhat OT: Larger Tarps
February 19, 11:29am

Re: Cutting it too light
"Malto, last July in Yosemite I got caught in the heaviest rain I've ever witnessed. The trail went from totally dry to being a stream within a couple minutes. If I had tried to take off m...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Cutting it too light
February 19, 11:27am

Re: Super-Awesome TIP OF THE DAY!!! (warning, thread may be too awesome for some viewers)
I second doing exercise prior to going to sleep on a cold night. We'd often run in deep snow while waiting for food to cook or prior to going to sleep, it really warms you up trying to run whe...

In Philosophy & Technique » Super-Awesome TIP OF THE DAY!!! (warning, thread may be too awesome for some viewers)
February 13, 7:18pm

Newspaper as insulation
My father told me that during WWII, while stationed in the Aleutian Islands in Alaska, they were issued jackets that used crumpled paper as insulation. I don't know if it was newspaper or not....

In Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring » Home Depot fingerless gloves
February 12, 6:51pm

All Reader Reviews by Elliott Wolin

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Gregory Z-Pack
My wife tried on a number of packs at the store and picked the Z pack. She was very happy with it for 14 days up and down on the Wonderland trail around Mount Rainier (15-25 lbs total pack weight). ...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
September 29, 10:04pm

Ray Way quilt kit two person deluxe
I found the instructions easy to follow and the entire kit simple to make . I included all features (Gorget, draft stopper, and split-zip) and even extended the draft stopper onto the lower part of t...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
June 15, 11:03am