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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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Bic Mini Electric = Bic Clic?
I just found these at my grocery store ($2.79 for the 2-pack): They're obviously labeled "Thumb Friendly" - but are they what you're calling "Electric?" I haven&...

In GEAR » Bic Mini vs. Bic Mini electric
April 10, 2:19pm

Overnighter with my Twins
Thanks for the comments - I consider myself the lucky one to have girls who love being outside as much as I do. They want to go backpacking again soon so I'm trying to see what I can do to m...

In Post-Trip Reports » Quick Overnighter on the AT with my Twins
April 04, 10:28am

SMD Swift
I have both a Starlite and an original (2010) Swift. I can't comment on the changes made in 2011 (which all seem positive) but I can tell you that both packs are easy to carry, spacious, well-...

In GEAR » I'm kinda surprised there is no SMD Swift review by BPL
April 04, 10:21am

MT Backpacking
Another thought would be to go into one of the gear shops in your area and see if they have any clinics scheduled that might allow you to meet like-minded folks. It's also not a bad idea to ju...

In Pre-Trip Planning » MT - Newbie
March 28, 1:36pm

Quick Overnighter on the AT with my Twins
The weather was looking great and I decided on Thursday to take my 5 1/2 year-old twins on a quick overnighter the next day. I asked around to see if anyone else could come with us but I didn'...

In Post-Trip Reports » Quick Overnighter on the AT with my Twins
March 27, 8:21am

Length of tarp guylines
The extra weight of a foot or two per guyline is negligible (please don't flame me) but the flexibility it can give you is, in my opinion, worth it. In the rocky ground of the Pennsylvania mou...

In GEAR » Length of tarp guylines
March 27, 6:24am

Long Weekend in Dolly Sods
Michael, Steve is a great resource for Dolly Sods - he's already suggested a route for me to take with another group of 40-somethings in May. I'd be really curious about stream crossing...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Long weekend in Dolly Sods
March 21, 9:46am

Alcohol in a Platypus Soft Bottle
I've carried denatured alcohol in one for three years without an issue. I'm making the switch to Everclear as soon as I've used up my current stock of Ace-Brand Denatured. To make t...

In GEAR » Alcohol in Platypus Soft Bottle
March 19, 2:17pm

Keeping Tents/Tarps When Hammocking
I've kept my tents and tarps - I find that I need to supply a lot of my buddies with gear and that they don't all enjoy hammocks as much as I do. I live in Pennsylvania - no shortage of ...

In Hammocks » hammock in, tent out?
March 13, 7:13pm

Build a Hammock Stand
You sound like you saw your garage being built... Google "Hammock Stand Plans" and you'll find a couple of pretty easy plans that you can build without spending a lot of $$$. The ...

In Hammocks » hanging a hammock in the garage?
March 12, 9:46am

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