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Kevin Babione (KBabione) - BPL Lifetime Member

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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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Breakfast Ideas
I've become a huge Packit Gourmet fan for breakfast. During warmer times I love the JumpStart Fruit Smoothies and when it's cold out the Italian Polenta with Sausage is perfect.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Cant stand oatmet for breakfast anymore...ideas?
October 28, 8:39am

Children's Sleeping Bags
I have twin girls who just turned eight and they sadly have outgrown their beloved TNF Tigger bags. You might want to check out the Montbell website. Their Burrow Bag #3 is a 30-degree synthetic ...

In GEAR » Children's Sleeping Bag Recommendations
October 16, 8:16am

Best Trek for Fabulous Food
Okay - perhaps our upcoming trip on the Mid State Trail in November won't qualify, but I'll do my best with dinner as we "drop into the village" of Poe Valley State Park on Friday...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Best trek for fabulous food
October 16, 6:54am

WPB Cuben
You're probably better off contacting ZPacks to see if they'll sell you the material than trying to buy from the manufacturer - I've heard that their smallest sale is 100 meters (about ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Challenger Rain Jacket Materials
October 14, 10:36am

Lost & Found on the Trail
Until a hike this past May I was definitely a take it with me and hope to find the owner hiker. For valuable items this always worked: Found a nice Sigg bottle along the trail. Dumped the water ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Lost & Found on the trail
October 01, 7:42am

Overnighter Near Philly
John, Have a great trip - I'd forgotten that World's End is further east so 3 hours is probably correct. Please post a trip report when you get back - I'm always looking for more lo...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Easy overnight near Philadelphia?
September 24, 1:41pm

Overnight Near Philly
Hey there...I live near Lancaster and have a couple of suggestions... 1 - Allegheny Front Trail Eastern Loop - It's a 27-mile loop with pretty good water and, if it's appealing, the oppo...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Easy overnight near Philadelphia?
September 23, 8:03pm

3-Night Loop in PA
If you're looking for 6-10 miles that puts your loop at 24-40 miles in four days. There are a number of such loops in PA if you're willing to travel that far (it depends on where in VA you...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Recommendations for 3-night Loop in VA/WVa/NC
September 23, 11:27am

Hiker Killed by Bear Attack
The Mid State Trail in PA has been described as one where you may meet more bears than people. Bob - you, your bear spray, and Cyrus are more than welcome to take the lead on our trip in Novembe...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hiker killed in bear attack in northern New Jersey
September 22, 11:00am

Kid's Gear
I have twin girls, now eight, but I took them for their first backpacking trip when they were four. I found small packs at LL Bean that were perfect for them. Their sleeping bags at the time were...

In Gear Swap » WTB: Kid's gear (Backpack, etc.)
September 21, 5:53am

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