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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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The Lowly Decimal Point and Other Gotcha's
Larry, I really enjoyed your post. I'm a consultant specializing in a German software package (SAP) and the default numeric format when setting up new users is to give them the comma as the...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » North America versus Europe, the decimal point
September 10, 11:55am

What to do with two yards of cuben
What do you use for a shelter? It is too small for a standalone tarp, but you could make one heck of a nice porch for your shelter with it. I have a MLD Monk Tarp in cuben that, if I'm expe...

In Make Your Own Gear » What to do with two yards of cyellow cuben - ???
September 07, 9:30am

Replacing Montrail Hardrocks
Thanks for the thread...Mine are sadly underused and will probably last me another year or so, but they're the only hiking shoes I've ever had that were perfect right out of the box.

In GEAR » Your replacement for Montrail Hardrocks?
September 04, 1:21pm

mUV Purifier
I might be interested, but have a couple of questions for you: - How long have you had it? - Have you charged the internal battery recently? - Any idea how many cycles (i.e. liters) you ca...

In Gear Swap » mUV water purifier - NEW!
September 04, 8:40am

Starting a fire in a wood stove
I can't see the YouTube video here at work, but I have been known to "cheat" a little with starting fires. I have some of the small Esbit tablets that I carry to help me get either a...

In GEAR » Wood pellets
September 04, 7:28am

Poncho Tarp for Hammocking
There was a thread about two months ago that covered this pretty thoroughly. You can find it here.

In GEAR » Good poncho tarp?
September 02, 4:20pm

mUV Availability
I had an email back from customer service at Meridan Design when I asked about the mUV and they said that they're getting ready to put the new design of the mUV into production and will make it...

In Editor's Roundtable » A Survey of Water Hazards and Water Treatment Methods - Part 6: Ultra-Violet Light Methods
August 30, 9:32am

AquaStar
I've been using the AquaStar quite happily for the past five years. I do carry, as Roger suggests, an extra set of CR123 batteries for it. I usually don't need them, but take them anyway....

In Editor's Roundtable » A Survey of Water Hazards and Water Treatment Methods - Part 6: Ultra-Violet Light Methods
August 29, 1:19pm

How fast do you hike?
I generally hike with the same group of guys (from 3-6 of us) and it's a little scary, but we can count on almost exactly 2 mph from camp to camp each day. That includes all stops and a break ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How fast to you hike?
August 29, 12:50pm

Smiling Or Not?
I certainly fall into the HYOH camp, but feel a level of, call it "responsibility" to point the traditional backpackers with the heavy packs towards a lighter path when it doesn't loo...

In GEAR » Where are the lightweight backpackers? Not on the JMT...
August 28, 3:40am

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