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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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Dean, I have one of those knives in my "Car Camping" bin - I bought it at a kitchen store (not Williams-Sonoma, but the kind that you find in a strip mall). Note - if you find one y...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Spoon heresy
April 22, 1:51pm

A spoon is the only utensil I carry. I've never needed a fork for any of my freezer-bag cooking so the Light My Fire Spork was out as overkill. Also - I never could figure out why they put a ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Spoon heresy
April 22, 12:02pm

Temp for Pad or UQ
Andrew, You didn't mention what you use in your hammock for top insulation. If you use a sleeping bag that compressed insulation between you and your hammock will probably take you down at ...

In Hammocks » Temp for Pad or Under-quilt?
April 18, 9:39am

Temp for Pad or Underquilt
I've been in hammocks without a pad or UQ and I find that if there's any kind of a breeze blowing I get cold even when it's as warm as the upper 60's. You'd probably be okay ...

In Hammocks » Temp for Pad or Under-quilt?
April 18, 7:54am

PCT Method - Stick Length
The guys I was hiking with this past weekend never saw this, but I had an issue getting my bear bag down... I use the PCT Method and I was just being lazy when I hung my food bag and grabbed a s...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Quick food hanging question.
April 16, 6:50am

Embrace the Wet!
I used to hike in high-top Goretex-lined boots and my feet were always soaked with sweat. If it rained and I was hiking in shorts they would actually end up with a bunch of water in my boots from ...

In GEAR » Cream or Gel to Keep Feet Dry
April 16, 6:42am

Trick Birthday Candles
Sorry - I have no idea what brand I used...I just grabbed a couple from our "Party Drawer" at the house and threw them in my kit. I've had the same three candles in my bag for a coup...

In GEAR » Tips for lighting Esbit in High Winds
April 16, 6:34am

Best UL Container for Scotch
I use a Platy "Lil Nipper" - it holds 1/2 pint and hasn't affected the taste at all. Sadly they're not being sold any more. PackitGourmet also sells a foldable flask that holds ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Best UL container/carrier/flask for whisky or scotch?
April 16, 6:29am

Lighting an Esbit (or a campfire)
I carry a couple of trick birthday candles and use them to light either an Esbit tablet or often to light a campfire. I've burned my fingers too often trying to light either with my mini-Bic.

In GEAR » Tips for lighting Esbit in High Winds
April 13, 10:59am

The Black Forest Trail
Thanks for the photos - I'm heading there tomorrow with another BPL'er. Look for a trip report sometime next week.

In Post-Trip Reports » A long anticipated meeting on the Black Forest Trail
April 10, 11:29am

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