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Kevin Babione (KBabione) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Pennsylvania
About Me I live near Lancaster PA and do most of my backpacking in the central and north-central parts of the state.
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All Forum Posts by Kevin Babione

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Tewa Summer Breeze UQ
Steve, I've had my Summer Breeze UQ from Tewa down to 31 degrees and was comfortable, but I will note that it was an early April night in PA mountains without any wind. My top quilts have a...

In Hammocks » Underquilt or Pad?
August 04, 1:47pm

Te-Wa Underquilts
These posts make me sad - I have a Summer Breeze UQ and have had it for two years and working with Mike was a joy. I hope everything is okay with him and that all of you get your quilts soon.

In GEAR » Te-Wa Underquilts still in business?
July 31, 3:40pm

Burning Esbit on the ground
I was going to suggest that you carefully peel the foil top of the Esbit and put the tablet on that instead of directly on the ground...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » 22 Gram Esbit Kit
July 22, 10:30am

Gear Shops in Manhattan
If you're driving then hitting Campmor can be a lot of fun. It's only 12 miles from the NJ side of the George Washington Bridge.

In GEAR » Gear Shops In Manhattan?
July 18, 1:03pm

West Rim Trail in PA
Joe, I've hiked it four times and have a couple of suggestions: It's a linear hike, not a loop, so you'll either need two cars or to make use of the shuttle service offered by Pine ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » West Rim Trail
July 05, 7:34am

Hands Free Umbrella
I don't have any decent photos of how I set it up, but I'll try to explain...I'm doing this from work so I don't have it in front of me so the lengths are estimates. I have one c...

In GEAR » Observations using an umbrella rain gear system
July 03, 11:33am

Using an Umbrella Hiking
I overheat quickly if I have to put the hood of my rain coat on so I too like using an umbrella. In PA it's usually not so windy that it won't work. I use trekking poles so, with John A...

In GEAR » Observations using an umbrella rain gear system
July 03, 8:33am

UVM Wilderness Trek Alumni
I did my post above about two weeks ago and my fears have been confirmed...Carrying 50+ pounds on the Long Trail convinced everyone who's ever gone on a Wilderness Trek program that backpacking...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Any UVM Wilderness Trek Alumni Out There?
July 02, 6:05am

The Packa and the Murmur
I have an XL eVent Packa that I use with my Murmur without any problems. There's a cinch cord around the pack cover portion that you can use to tighten the pack cover part. It works really we...

In GEAR » Question about the Packa
June 28, 8:46am

Any UVM Wilderness Trek Alumni Out There?
My daughter is starting at UVM in Burlington in the fall and is very excited to go on the Wilderness Trek trip before orientation starts. I'd love to find someone who has been on one of these ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Any UVM Wilderness Trek Alumni Out There?
June 20, 9:03pm

All Reader Reviews by Kevin Babione

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Montbell Extremely Light Down Jacket
I'm a big guy and have the Ex Light in XXL - weighs 7.8 ounces. In addition to being a great piece of insulation to wear I've found that I can use it in my hammock as an extra top quilt by op...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
January 03, 1:42pm

Lighten Up! by Don Ladigin
I just finished reading the book - it's an enjoyable and quick read. I've got two weekend trips planned this spring with guys who have never backpacked in their lives. I'm passing the bo...

In Books and Media
March 28, 5:52am