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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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The Packa and Stuff Sacks
One of the other steps I've taken since moving to The Packa is that I eliminated several of the dry bags I used to use for my top quilt and underquilt (I usually sleep in a hammock). That'...

In GEAR » Pack Cover Weight vs Wet Pack ??
May 29, 10:59am

The Packa in eVent
I have one in eVent that works really well. I'm a big guy and I generate a lot of heat (read "sweat") while hiking. The huge pit zips on the Packa give as much ventilation as possib...

In GEAR » Pack Cover Weight vs Wet Pack ??
May 29, 6:59am

Pack Cover Weight vs Wet Pack
The back pad getting soaked is one fo the reasons that I went with The Packa as my raingear/pack cover. One of my buddies was using the rain shell/pack cover combination in an all day rain and the...

In GEAR » Pack Cover Weight vs Wet Pack ??
May 28, 6:05am

BIAS Weight Weenie Micro Hammock
I spent this past weekend hiking 23 miles of the Mid State Trail (from I-80 southbound to Woodward Gap Road for those of you who know the trail). The weather was spectacular and it gave me a chanc...

In Hammocks » BIAS Weight Weenie Micro Hammock
May 24, 8:59am

Bay to Beach - 60 Miles with an 8 Year Old
Great post and photos. I'm the father of four daughters (21, 17, and 5 year-old twins). I've taken all of them on weekend trips but nothing approaching 60 miles. It's inspiring and y...

In Post-Trip Reports » B2B - Bay to Beach - 60 miles with my 8 year old daughter
May 21, 1:28pm

Welcome to PA
Greg, Welcome to PA! Where are you? We have some great hiking in PA - including some trails that might be really good training runs for you. I spent the weekend with some friends on the Mid...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » AT - Four State Challenge
May 21, 7:05am

SMD Lunar Solo
If you need/want a little extra headroom with the Lunar Solo keep in mind that there's a tie-out right above your head. With your second trekking pole, some guyline, and an additional stake yo...

In GEAR » Feedback on 2012 SMD Lunar Solo
May 21, 6:51am

Headlamp with a Long Distance Beam
My solution was to split it into two parts: I have the Petzl e-Lite headlamp (less than an ounce) for around camp - it has multiple brightness levels and a red LED for reading or doing chores ...

In GEAR » Headlamp with a Long distance Beam????
May 21, 6:36am

Marking Your Water Bottle
I still have one of the old-style wide-mouth AquaFina bottles that I've marked as well. I didn't do every two ounces either - I limited it to the marks I needed for the food I was rehydrat...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Weightless Measuring Cup
May 17, 4:30am

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

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