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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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Short Gatewood Cape Users
P.P. Between reading your Subject and your post I wondered how the GC wouldn't work for someone short..."What - is there too much space inside?". It never occurred to me that the ...

In GEAR » setting up Golite poncho tarp
September 24, 6:57am

Tall Gatewood Cape Users
I'm 6 feet tall and fit comfortably under the Gatewood Cape, but with a few caveats: - I'm a side sleeper with legs bent - I pitch the GC as high as possible given the expected condit...

In GEAR » setting up Golite poncho tarp
September 23, 8:31am

Ultralight Knife
I've found the Swiss Army Clipper to be the most useful for me. It has a small (1.75") knife, scissors, a nail file/screwdriver, and a nail clipper. It weighs 37 grams (1.3 oun...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » unltralite knife
September 21, 6:22am

Trying a Hammock
Juliana, Another option is to try a Butt In A Sling/a> hammock. For $49.95 - $56.95 you can buy a full hammock setup (tree straps, whoopie slings, and an 11' hammock). The different pri...

In GEAR » Anyone have a Warbonnet Blackbird that I can try out/rent? SF Bay Area
September 20, 3:01pm

Another cheap way to try a VBL
I was going through my closet this weekend and noticed the dry cleaning bags on some of my wife's longer dresses. They weren't made of the "Glad-Wrap" type plastic that is usuall...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » VBL adds how much to my quilt?
September 17, 7:45pm

Pole for SMD Gatewood Cape
Hopefully you'll find a single pole on Gear Swap. I don't think you'd be disappointed. I love hiking with poles and the six guys who usually hike with me have all converted to using t...

In GEAR » Pole for SMD Gatewood Cape
September 16, 9:27am

Pole for SMD Gatewood Cape
Sorry, I can't comment about the storm-worthiness of the SMD poles, but since you're looking for a replacement pole, would you consider one of the Gossamer Gear LT4 (adjustable) trekking po...

In GEAR » Pole for SMD Gatewood Cape
September 15, 3:05pm

Metric Distances in the US
The Mid State Trail runs North/South through the center of Pennsylvania and is one of my favorite trails to hike. What's unique about it is that all the distances are in kilometers. Any signa...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » North America versus Europe, the decimal point
September 11, 7:55am

Removing stays from a backpack
Save yourself some aggrevation and have a Sharpie on hand to label the stays when you take them out with something like "This side to the back" and put an arrow labeled "Top". ...

In GEAR » Newb question- removing stays from backpack
September 11, 7:09am

Gatewood Cape in the Rain
Nick, I found that the Gatewood Cape works pretty well in the rain. The first time I took it out was on a one-night trip and it rained almost the entire first day and night. If it's really...

In GEAR » Temp rating test - Montbell UL SS Down Hugger Thermal Sheet 50F rating
September 11, 7:02am

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