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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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23 Mile Loop within 2 Hours of NYC
You might want to consider the Pinchot Trail in the Poconos. It's probably a 2-hour drive for you to reach Thornhurst. I haven't hiked this one yet, but people like it. It's a 23-m...

In Post-Trip Reports » 2 UL Guys & 2 Reg/Heavy Pack Guys @ Harriman State Park
June 15, 9:24am

Cleaning a Platypus Hose
Completely black? Nasty! I actually remove the hose from the mouthpiece each trip. Platypus makes a tube brush and that allows me to easily run the brush through the hose. I then spin the tube ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Cleaning platypus hose
June 15, 5:54am

Camelbak Elixir
I drink a lot while hiking normally, and even more in hot weather. Two weekends ago while hiking a chunk of the Mid State Trail in PA I was drinking around eight liters a day. I really like the...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Drink mixes for hot weather
June 15, 5:47am

Wise or Wuss?
Chas, Three days later we were hiking up a large pile of rocks (I was in the lead) and about six feet from the top I heard the "buzz" of a rattler letting me know he was there. He sli...

In Philosophy & Technique » Wise or Wuss?
June 13, 10:42am

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

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