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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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Wise or Wuss?
Last weekend I was hiking a section of the Mid State Trail through Pennsylvania. We reached our campsite the first night and I put up my hammock. Shortly after that I grabbed my toilet kit and wa...

In Philosophy & Technique » Wise or Wuss?
June 13, 7:33am

Drying socks in the field
I'm a hammock sleeper and use a quilt. I wear my wet socks until it's time to go to bed and then I get in my hammock, change into my dry sleep socks, and simply put the wet socks in the ha...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How to dry out wet socks in the backcountry?
June 13, 6:06am

Backpack for a 5 year old
Mark, I think it's great that you're taking her. I did an overnight with my 4 1/2 year-old twins in May and they carried LL Bean "Sprout" backpacks (around $35) that weighed j...

In GEAR » Backpack for a 5 year old
June 06, 8:11am

Question to Gatewood Cape users
I'm an even six feet tall - I pitch my Cape up to allow ventilation but put a tall kitchen trash bag over the foot of my bag if we end up with a lot of rain. Nick is right though - site sele...

In GEAR » Question to Gatewood Cape users...
May 31, 6:29am

Hammock Setup Weight
Ken, Thanks for the comment. I hike mostly in Pennsylvania where I rarely have to go to a tree larger than 1 foot in diameter, but there are times when I need the extra length. The tarp is a...

In Hammocks » Hammocks vs Tents
May 30, 8:49am

Hammocking Weight
Since you asked here's my setup: Grand Trunk Nano-7 Hammock with tree straps and whoopie slings - 10.83 ounces DB Bugnet - .67 ounces (yes - only 19 grams) Lawson Equipment HexaLite 11'...

In Hammocks » Hammocks vs Tents
May 30, 6:30am

Big Poncho Tarps - Gatewood Cape
I'm 6-foot even and haven't had any problems with fitting in my Gatewood Cape without a bivy. Two things though: - I tend to be a side sleeper with my knees usually tucked up a littl...

In GEAR » Big poncho tarps
May 30, 6:08am

UL 15" Saw
I have a 15" Sven saw that weighs 10.6 ounces...I don't carry it but I usually hike with some diehard firebuilders who are willing to carry the extra weight. I'm looking forward to ...

In Gear Deals » Coming Soon: UltraLite 15" Buck Saw, less than 4.5 oz
May 27, 2:14pm

Old Loggers Path Campsites
Please feel free to PM me as well if you'd like more info about the Old Loggers Path. I've hiked it three times so far - twice with "first timers" so it's a perfect loop for ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Old loggers path campsites
May 26, 12:03pm

Old Loggers Path
Thanks for the kind words, but I didn't do anything out of the ordinary for this website - simply sharing one of my favorite trails. The photos and the captions were great - I might have to ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Old Loggers Path, Central PA, April 21-23
May 24, 8:10pm

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