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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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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

Sharing Gear
As the trip coordinator/manager of all of our group trips (usually the same 4-6 guys) I actually assign shared items to people. I supply all the food (everyone brings their own snacks) and I divid...

In Philosophy & Technique » Anyone Practice Trail Communism?
August 22, 6:32am

Hiking with Daughters
I'm in awe, jealous, and motivated at the same time. Just your training routine sounds to me like an ideal way to get some family time and the JMT was simply the icing on the cake! Thank yo...

In Post-Trip Reports » Hiking the John Muir Trail with our 9 and 10 year old daughters
August 21, 12:41pm

Backpacking with Daughters
Manfred, Thank you so much for posting this. I have twin girls who turn six next week. As someone who's sadly never put in an 18-mile day I can't imagine my girls doing it. How di...

In Post-Trip Reports » Hiking the John Muir Trail with our 9 and 10 year old daughters
August 21, 11:36am

Backcountry Boiler - Boiling More Than One "Batch"?
I've been eyeing the BCB for a while and being able to boil 16 ounces works well for most of the meals I would carry on the trail, but what if you need more boiling water? My BCB question is...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Backcountry Boiler - Long Term Review?
August 21, 11:04am

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