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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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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

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

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