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Kevin Babione (KBabione) - BPL Lifetime Member

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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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Great Backpacking Meals
I'll put in my plug here for Packit Gourmet. Some of my favorites are: - Jumpstart Fruit Smoothies for breakfast - Creamy Italian Polenta with Sausage for breakfast - Austintacious To...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Mountain House Beef Stew -- not impressed
October 01, 1:51pm

Man Up
Come on - be a man and shake the canister while you're using it to keep the fuel blended. Sorry - couldn't resist...

In GEAR » blended butane failure
October 01, 7:58am

UL Tents for Two - A Phased Approach
Another option you have as you agonize over the choices would be to save some $$$ now (and carry a little more weight) and then revisit your options in a couple of years. I have a Lunar Duo and ...

In GEAR » Luxurious ultralight tents for two; price per oz
September 28, 5:52am

Two Seasons in PA
I only take backpacking trips in PA in the Spring or Fall. Basically I'm looking for temperatures in the range 20 degrees - 70 degrees. Much above or below that and I'm not going to go. ...

In Chaff » How many folk backpack all year round.
September 28, 5:43am

Watch Altimeter
As posted above, the big thing to keep in mind with a pressure altimeter is the assumption that the weather hasn't changed. I have a Nike watch with built-in compass, thermometer, and alti...

In GEAR » Altimeters
September 27, 1:15pm

Nice Flashlight
Dale, Nice looking light...I use a Fenix LD01 as my "spotter" flashlight (my headlamp is a Petzl e-Lite). Can you use a Lithium AA battery in it? If I'm carrying any extra batt...

In GEAR » Quick look: Olight i2 EOS AA LED flashlight
September 27, 7:13am

Lightstick Versus Flashlight
Everett, I'm an IT guy as well (an SAP Consultant) and understand your need to "unplug" completely. One thought for using the lightstick...They don't throw off a lot of ligh...

In Philosophy & Technique » Backpacking sans batteries...
September 26, 9:15pm

Backpacking Sans Batteries
I admire your intent and when I looked at my gear list I carry a lot of powered devices: - iPhone - GPS - Petzl e-Lite - Fenix LD01 flashlight - mUV (water purifier) - Olympus Spl...

In Philosophy & Technique » Backpacking sans batteries...
September 26, 9:26am

Public Transportation from Philadelphia to a Trailhead
I'm afraid it's going to be tough...Train service might get you within 20 miles of some trails but that's probably as good as you'll get. Other than Allegheny State Forest do you...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Public transit from Philadelphia for 5-6 days of solo backpacking in PA?
September 24, 12:13pm

Insulated Ground Sheets
The idea of a lightweight insulated ground sheet sounds good, but I'd be concerned mostly about the bulk of it. I have a polycro groundsheet that folds up and I keep it in a sandwich ziplock.....

In Gear Deals » CCF Pads; Coming Soon
September 24, 7:08am

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