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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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Using Toggles
When using toggles with Whoopie Slings keep in mind that the toggle is holding the knot in place and IS NOT bearing the weight of the hammock. I also bought my toggles from AHE - they're basic...

In Hammocks » new hanger introduction
February 13, 6:29am

eVent Packa
Marty, I'm a big guy (6' and pushing 270 pounds) and I sweat a lot while hiking. I found the eVent Packa to be much more comfortable for me than the Sil-Nylon version. Your mileage may...

In GEAR » Sil Nylon Jacket w/ pit zips
February 03, 1:34pm

Pit Zips - The Packa?
One option that you might have seen here is The Packa - which includes an integrated pack cover and has huge pit zips. I have both a Sil-Nylon Packa and an eVent Packa and am considering having ...

In GEAR » Sil Nylon Jacket w/ pit zips
February 03, 7:40am

Thermometer with Min/Max
I have an Oregon Scientific digital thermometer that records the high and low temperature. It's made for backpacking/hiking (sorry - I don't have the model number) but is not supposed to g...

In GEAR » Ultralight thermometer?
January 23, 6:09am

Dolly Sods
Thanks Steve - looks great. I'm trying to find a way to do a weekend in (at?) Dolly Sods this May. Any suggestions?

In Photo Gallery » Dollys Sods fall panoramic
January 18, 10:11am

Waterproof Breathable CF Rain Jacket
John, Thanks for the review...I traded a couple of emails a month ago with Eddie at about making a Packa using the waterproof breathable CF. Because of the extra zippers and the pa...

In GEAR » ZPacks Waterproof Breathable Cuben Fiber Rain Jacket
January 16, 5:44am

Another Thought
Joe, As I've posted here before, one of my favorite trails in PA is the Old Loggers Path. It's a 27-mile loop on State Forest property north of Williamsport. Much of the trail uses old...

In Winter Hiking » PA/NJ Backcountry Skiing/Boarding
January 12, 11:42am

PA/NJ Backcountry Skiing/Boarding
I've spent a fair amount of time "Horsepacking" in the woods to the northwest of Wellsboro PA. One other thing for you to keep in mind would be to use the clearings for the gas lines...

In Winter Hiking » PA/NJ Backcountry Skiing/Boarding
January 12, 10:23am

Welcome to Central PA
Simon, You haven't maintained an email address so I can't send you a PM, but welcome to the States. I live near Lancaster, PA and have some of the gear you have on your list if you'...

In Gear Lists » 4 - 5 Day Gear List
January 11, 5:56am

Mt. Rogers with Kids
Great report - I find that anytime I'm hiking with others there's an element of compromise by everyone, whether it's pace, location to stop, when to eat, or something else entirely. ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Mtn. Rogers with kids
January 09, 7:36am

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