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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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No Frame
Brandon, I hadn't considered corrugated plastic - I'll pick some up today and give it a try. It might give me what I want for this weekend's trip without the weight of the Z-Rest. ...

In GEAR » Frameless Pack - No Pad - What to do?
May 15, 6:10am

No Frame, No Pad
Thanks for the quick replies... Eric - I think my long-term solution for the Swift will be to simply buy the hoop stay they offer for the pack. It's more or less your idea without the MYOG ...

In GEAR » Frameless Pack - No Pad - What to do?
May 14, 10:09pm

Frameless Pack - No Pad - What to do?
When I moved to UL gear I fully embraced the frameless pack and used my sleeping pad as the pack support. That has now come back to bite me... I've switched to hammocks and use an underquil...

In GEAR » Frameless Pack - No Pad - What to do?
May 14, 9:43pm

Distance: Miles or Time?
A mix of both... In pre-trip planning I look at the mileage and I know that I hike at 2 miles per hour, with breaks, very consistently. Thus I can look at the day and use that to know either: ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Distance : miles or time ?
May 08, 9:59am

First UL Hammock Gear List
Your list looks good...It's pretty obvious that you were a UL ground-dweller before moving up in the world. It helps because then you only need to worry about your hammock system. About the...

In Gear Lists » First UL Hammock Gear List
May 08, 8:36am

Packit Gourmet
Another option is Packit Gourmet if you're looking for really good food that is easily prepared on the trail. They keep everything in stock and I've never been disappointed with anything. ...

In GEAR » Backpacking food
May 08, 4:16am

Surprise - Snake!
I think my issue with snakes is the "surprise" factor. You're hiking along and you go to take your next step and there, right where you're about to put your foot, is a snake. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Snakes
May 07, 7:25am

Snakes - "Eeek!"
I'm with the OP...I can handle the snakes I know about, but the ones that surprise me are awful. I'm a big guy - 6 feet tall and pushing 275 pounds and when ANY snake surprises me on the t...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Snakes
May 06, 8:55pm

Great Report
David, Thanks for making the time to post your trip report - it's inspiring! You've clearly done enough hikes with your girls to know who's the boss on the trail...They are! I ...

In Post-Trip Reports » 3 days + 45 miles + my 11 year old daughter = one nice hike
May 04, 6:49am

Sweat Towel
Thanks for the responses... I've got an 8-mile dayhike scheduled with some buddies and I think I'll take a couple different towels to try. I actually have one of the yellow Wal-Mart mic...

In GEAR » Sweat Towel
May 02, 2:15pm

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