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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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Gatewood Cape Pole Height
I hate to say this, but it depends on the weather. The pole is shorter if I have nasty storms and pitch the Cape to the ground and higher if I have 4-6" of ventilation all around. An adjustabl...

In GEAR » Gatewood Cape Height
October 08, 6:04am

Monarch Butterfly Chair with Trekking Poles?
This chair looks pretty appealing - I have a bunch of the Thermarest chairs in my possession, but I'm just not comfortable in them for more than 10 minutes at a stretch. I have a silly que...

In GEAR » Whats the lightest chair?
October 06, 1:20pm

Lightest Chair
I (and all of my buddies) carry the Thermarest LiteSeat. We usually find logs or rocks upon which we can park our butts. It inflates instantly with just a puff of air and is very comfortable (in ...

In GEAR » Whats the lightest chair?
October 06, 8:09am

Last Minute Overnight on the AT in MD
Nice trip report - Thanks for posting. It reminds us that you don't need to dedicate a full weekend or more to get out on the trail.

In Post-Trip Reports » Last minute overnight on AT in Maryland
September 28, 10:23am

Backpacking with a 5 Year Old
I have twin girls who just turned five a couple of weeks ago and I took them on their first backpacking trip in May. Here's a link to my trip report. A couple of observations that may help...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Backpacking with 5 Year Old in Georgia
September 27, 7:05am

30th Anniversary
Congrats Mike! I have a single serving of the Packit Gourmet "Austintacious Tortilla Soup" that I won't get to use this fall. It calls for 12 ounces of boiling water and is perfec...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » help me w/ my 30th anniversary backcountry meal selection
September 23, 10:33am

Tarps
Steve, Poke around and you'll find lots of our cottage manufacturers are making cuben tarps and the weights are unbelievable. Some of my favorites: - Lawson Equipment (although he does...

In GEAR » learn me about the tarps
September 22, 8:25am

XUL Tarp Cord
I bought a 100 meter roll of 100 lb test Spectra Dyneema Braid Fishing Line on eBay for $0.01 (yes, a penny - plus $5.88 shipping). I never weighed it but it's got to be really light. If you&...

In GEAR » XUL Tarp Cord
September 21, 12:35pm

Wood Stove and JetBoil on the same trip
I too like heating water on a wood stove. On a trip this past May there were four of us. I used my Antig Outdoors wood stove to heat my water and the other guys used a JetBoil Flash. Obviously t...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Integrated Canister Fuel Cooking Systems State of the Market Report 2011: Part 1 – Overview and Performance Evaluation
September 21, 11:25am

Platy Hoser in Side Pocket
Don't laugh, but I have a friend who regularly puts his bladder in his pack upside down (so that the hose output is at the top rather than the bottom). He gets a few sips out before the bladde...

In GEAR » Platy Big Zip in side pocket
September 20, 1:20pm

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