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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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LHT - Out and Back
Nice report - Thanks. I haven't done the LHT because of the need to reserve a shelter (no tenting is allowed if I remember correctly) and thus pre-define your daily distances. You'll en...

In Post-Trip Reports » Laurel Highland Tail - Ohiopyle out 8 and back
November 01, 5:56am

Backcountry Backpacking/Camping in PA
James, Welcome to the wacky world of Pennsylvania backpacking! As another poster said, you can't camp on State Game Lands except along the AT. I've done out-and-back along the AT witho...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Backcountry backpacking/camping in Eastern PA
October 25, 7:24am

Rain Gear
Think about The Packa in eVent. It's a little on the heavy side (my XL is 17.3 ounces) but it's big, breaths well, has huge pit zips, extends down to cover my rear, and has a built-in pack...

In GEAR » I am going to need some better rain gear
October 24, 8:23am

I made the switch to quilts from mummy bags a couple years before I moved off the ground and into a hammock. I didn't need to make a change to my pad or my supplemental clothing when I made th...

In GEAR » question about quilts
October 18, 2:54pm

GT Nano with Straps
I have a GT Nano as well...but my total weight including the straps is 10.8 ounces. A buddy of mine has the Eno straps and they are indeed heavy. I have the following in that 10.8 ounce setup: ...

In Gear Lists » 3 day AT section hike GA
October 17, 7:44pm

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

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