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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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Packit Gourmet Packaging
As Stephen noted, the Packit Gourmet products come with a lot of packaging that then becomes trash. I use the instruction sheets as a firestarter and don't mind hauling out the dessicant when ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Packit Gourmet serving sizes
July 24, 8:59am

Packit Gourmet Serving Sizes
I suppose you could split some of the meals in half - Austintacious Tortilla Soup, for example, comes with two concentrated broth packets - but for others (like the sausage in Zydeco Red Beans &...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Packit Gourmet serving sizes
July 24, 6:32am

BioLite Stove
Yeah - there have been a bunch of posts since it was announced in May 2010. It looks like they might be shipping them now. I couple of BPL'rs said they've ordered one. I'm looking fo...

In GEAR » BioLite Stove
July 18, 2:17pm

Poncho as a Hammock Tarp
At one time I was thinking about this as well... I was going to have Ron at MLD take his Hexagon Hammock Tarp and make a poncho out of it with some strategically placed snaps to shorten it to ap...

In Hammocks » Gatewood cape as hammock tarp or other multipurpose options
July 17, 6:02am

14 Ounce Camp Stool
James, Thanks - the 14-ounce model is 23" long and then stands 16" high, at least according to the website. For $24 it's worth it to me to give it a try. If I don't like it I...

In GEAR » 10oz camp stool
July 16, 10:52am

14 Ounce Camp Stool
I currently carry a Thermarest Lightseat which weighs 3 ounces. It's great and works well on rocks and logs nicely - and it works especially well if you find yourself at a picnic table for a m...

In GEAR » 10oz camp stool
July 16, 9:48am

Alcohol Stove vs Jetboil
I find that I supply the stove (or stoves) for each of my trips. If it's just one or two of us then alcohol wins. As soon as you get to where you need to boil multiple quarts of water for a m...

In GEAR » Alcohol Stove vs Jetboil Sol Ti - weight savings, is it worth it?
July 16, 9:41am

Newbie Question
I do almost all of my backpacking in the mountains of Pennsylvania and I have seen black bears while on the trail, but never had an issue with them in camp. I hang all food but I keep my toothpast...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Newbie question
July 11, 11:58am

Beer Aluminum Bottles
I have an alcohol stove made from one...If you can burn in it I'm sure you could make a pot out of it. I think your issue is how narrow it is - it will be hard to find any burner for something...

In GEAR » Coors Light 16oz/pint aluminum bottle.
July 08, 5:39pm

Hand Washing with a Bite Valve
I may be whacked on this, but to wash my hands using water from my Platy hydration system I grab the hose away from the valve and maneuver the valve to my mouth. I then get a mouthfull of water an...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » water management
July 02, 9:22pm

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