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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.
CityLititz
StatePA
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All Forum Posts by Kevin Babione

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Attaching Umbrella to a Pack
I put a 2-3" loop on my haul loop and put the umbrella handle through that. It seems to offset it enough that it lays against my neck without bothering me. I then have a small elastic bungee...

In GEAR » Attaching umbrella to a pack
August 08, 8:41pm

WTB: Rain Jacket - Consider The Packa
If you don't find something on Gear Swap, consider The Packa as an alternative. I have an XL in eVent that weighs about 17 ounces but the huge pit zips and the integrated pack cover might work...

In Gear Swap » WTB: Rain jacket (XL, Event preferably)
August 06, 12:24pm

New Hammock & UQ
Sounds pretty nice - I have a Summer Breeze from Tewa and have been good down into the 30's (and mine isn't overstuffed), but I'm a warm sleeper. What length is your Streamliner SL...

In Hammocks » Custom Argon Breeze and Streamliner SL
August 02, 3:49pm

Camping with Toddlers
I have twin girls and we took them car camping for the first time when they had just turned two. They ate a lot of dirt but had a blast. We had Kelty Kids backpacks to take them on our hikes and ...

In GEAR » Camping with Toddlers
July 31, 7:17pm

Sock Liner
Since switching to trail runners the only place I've ever had a blister is on the inside of my little toes where they rub their neighbors. I finally beat it by wearing the Injinji toe socks an...

In GEAR » Sock liner?
July 24, 5:57am

West Rim Trail in PA
I just hiked the West Rim Trail again in April and am happy to give you some suggestions on where to stay while on the trail.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Need suggestions for Ohio / Pennsylvania / Central NY
July 23, 9:08am

Suggestions in PA
Hey there...If you take I-80 across PA you'll be within 20 miles of the 42-mile Allegheny Front Trail that goes in a loop around Black Moshannon State Park. You could do the "Eastern Loop...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Need suggestions for Ohio / Pennsylvania / Central NY
July 22, 6:46am

Carrying Alcohol Fuel
For weekend trips I use one of these that I washed out: It holds 90 ml of fuel (boils 5-6 pints using my Caldera Cone) and weighs just 5 grams empty. I've never had one leak, but I do...

In GEAR » What do YOU use to carry alcohol?
July 21, 6:04am

WTB - Underquilt
Hopefully you'll find someone who's willing to sell one. I also have a Gatewood Cape that I used a bunch, but since I started hanging I haven't gone back to it. I still throw it in ...

In Gear Swap » WTB Underquilt
July 11, 1:32pm

WTB - Underquilt
If you don't have any luck with Gear Swap, consider te-wa underquilt. I have a Breeze that I've used comfortably down into the low 30's (but it takes a lot for me to get cold).

In Gear Swap » WTB Underquilt
July 10, 5:58am

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