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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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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

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

Lightweight Multi-Tool
Craig, From what I can find online the LM Blast is at least five ounces heavier than either of the items I mentioned. I guess I'm curious about a couple of things relating to the locking bl...

In GEAR » Lightweight multi-tool
August 27, 11:20am

It probably helps that I "taught" my backpacking buddies how to backpack and they've come to understand that extra grams become extra ounces which, in turn, become extra pounds. Be...

In Philosophy & Technique » Anyone Practice Trail Communism?
August 27, 6:48am

Lightweight Multi-Tool
Check out the Leatherman Squirt PS4 Multitool for $29.95. It weighs just 1.9 ounces and offers pliers, scissors, and a knife. If you're carrying a standalone knife anyway, you might want to...

In GEAR » Lightweight multi-tool
August 27, 6:21am

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