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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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Learning to Tarp Camp
I did my first tarp trip using BPL's "Lightweight Backpacking and Camping" (currently out of stock but a good read if you can get one). I wasn't sure how I'd like tarping so ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Learning how to pitch a tarp
April 09, 11:11am

Gatewood Cape in the Rain
I'm also a 6-footer and love my GC. I don't use a bivy and pitch it as high as the weather allows. If it looks like we'll have lots of wind and rain I'll pack a 13-gallon tall kit...

In GEAR » Gatewood Cape good in the PNW?
April 08, 8:23am

Nice photos Nick - it really helps show the capacity of the Murmur. I added the GG Hipbelt pockets (modified for the narrow hipbelt) to keep things like the camera and snacks readily accessible.

In GEAR » Question for you 5# - 6# base weight guys
April 07, 5:47am

Hammock Knots - Marlin Spike Hitch
I use Whoopie Slings with my Speer hammock and connect them to my tree straps using the Marlin Spike Hitch. It's not so much a knot as it is a technique, but it works quite well. Here'...

In Hammocks » UL under insulation
April 05, 10:49am

Miles Per Day in PA
Before my conversion I was hiking the Old Logger's Path in PA. We did a long 10 miles the first day and then another 10 the second and we were hurting - I was carrying around 42 pounds. As ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » New to this - how fast can one backpack (miles/day)?
April 01, 6:47am

Wood Burning Cook System - Wood Gas Stove
I just purchased a wood gas stove from Antig Outdoors. It nests, in its own stuffsack, inside an Evernew 1L Ti Pasta Pot (although it's about .5 inch taller than the pot). I haven't had...

In GEAR » Wood-Burning cook system suggestions?
March 28, 12:10pm

Rank the Bars - ProBar
I was wondering why ProBar wasn't on your list and then I saw your disclaimer that "no bar is worth $4". I disagree...I usually eat half a bar at a time - making the cost "per b...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Rank the Bars
March 28, 6:45am

Best spot to carry water
You can see it in my avatar - I carry a 2L Platy Hoser in the right-side pocket of my GG Murmur. Like Ben I've never noticed an imbalance in the pack, but I rarely put more than 1L in the Plat...

In GEAR » Where's the best spot to carry water?
March 25, 4:57am

Bivy Necessary? It Depends...
Diane, I'm 6' even and use a Gatewood Cape as my tarp and I do so without a bivy and haven't had any issues. If it looks like we might have heavy rain I'll throw in a tall kitch...

In Philosophy & Technique » Going tentless
March 24, 7:42am

eVent Jacket - The Packa?
Brett, I have a Packa in eVent in XL that is pretty big. My arms aren't quite as long as yours, but the sleeves bunch up on me. I'm not interested in selling it but I'd be happy ...

In GEAR » eVent jacket for the big and tall?
March 19, 9:09pm

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