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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: Are we just kidding ourselves with our chemical water treatments?
I've posted this before, but an Aquamira rep once told me a great way to get good water quickly is to use the drops/pills to kill the small stuff, then use an Aquamira Frontier Pro straw filter...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Are we just kidding ourselves with our chemical water treatments?
October 31, 10:23am

RE: Do you carry a backup fire starter? What and Why or Why Not?
Call me paranoid... I carry a firesteel for regular use. In my first aid/emergency kit is a little box of wooden matches, probably with a few storm-proof matches thrown in. And I recall a BPL ...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Do you carry a backup fire starter? What and Why or Why Not?
October 30, 10:36am

RE: Lost & Found on the trail
It's rare for me to return from a trip without some new tent stakes, usually Al, I'm waiting to find Ti stakes. I have quite a collection!

In Philosophy & Technique » Lost & Found on the trail
October 28, 10:45am

RE: Dog Jacket
I don't think making a dog jacket is MYOG, unless the dog made it. It's one thing to make something for a child or spouse, it's another to make something for another species. ;-)

In Make Your Own Gear » Dog Jacket
October 27, 10:36am

RE: Cant stand oatmet for breakfast anymore...ideas?"
How about instant or quick-cook grits? Same idea, different texture. I typically eat two packets for breakfast.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Cant stand oatmet for breakfast anymore...ideas?
October 27, 10:32am

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

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