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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: two person ultralight quilts
Synthetic quilts are really easy to make, and the materials are inexpensive and easy to find (e.g. owfinc.com). They make a great first-time project. A couple of companies sell kits, I got one ...

In GEAR » two person ultralight quilts
March 31, 1:57pm

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

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