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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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Point Up or Point Down?
I had grommets installed in the corners of my tarp when I had it made to facilitate the "Point Up" model (my Lunar Duo has grommets and a protective piece of strapping over the point). I...

In GEAR » Tarp Pitch - Trekking Pole point UP or DOWN
August 23, 3:37pm

Underquilt - Top Quilt Warmth Ratio
My experience with under quilts comes from hammocking in Pennsylvania in temperatures from the upper teens through the 70's. For me the underquilt is the most important component of my sleep i...

In Hammocks » pad/underquilt combo
August 18, 3:32pm

Family Backpacking Trip
Nice trip report - thanks for sharing. The kids look like they had a great time and will be happy to go with you again. Well done!

In Post-Trip Reports » First family backpacking trip: Dolly Sods 6-13-2014 to 6-15-2014
August 16, 3:37pm

Camp Chair
I'd love to buy one of your chairs! I had a 13.6 ounce Pack Stool that died on me when I was on a trip this past May. I'm a big guy (270 lbs) and the stool had performed perfectly on mult...

In GEAR » Looking for New Product Feedback- Camp Chairs
August 13, 7:09am

Attaching Umbrella to a Pack
I put a 2-3" loop on my haul loop and put the umbrella handle through that. It seems to offset it enough that it lays against my neck without bothering me. I then have a small elastic bungee...

In GEAR » Attaching umbrella to a pack
August 08, 8:41pm

WTB: Rain Jacket - Consider The Packa
If you don't find something on Gear Swap, consider The Packa as an alternative. I have an XL in eVent that weighs about 17 ounces but the huge pit zips and the integrated pack cover might work...

In Gear Swap » WTB: Rain jacket (XL, Event preferably)
August 06, 12:24pm

New Hammock & UQ
Sounds pretty nice - I have a Summer Breeze from Tewa and have been good down into the 30's (and mine isn't overstuffed), but I'm a warm sleeper. What length is your Streamliner SL...

In Hammocks » Custom Argon Breeze and Streamliner SL
August 02, 3:49pm

Camping with Toddlers
I have twin girls and we took them car camping for the first time when they had just turned two. They ate a lot of dirt but had a blast. We had Kelty Kids backpacks to take them on our hikes and ...

In GEAR » Camping with Toddlers
July 31, 7:17pm

Sock Liner
Since switching to trail runners the only place I've ever had a blister is on the inside of my little toes where they rub their neighbors. I finally beat it by wearing the Injinji toe socks an...

In GEAR » Sock liner?
July 24, 5:57am

West Rim Trail in PA
I just hiked the West Rim Trail again in April and am happy to give you some suggestions on where to stay while on the trail.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Need suggestions for Ohio / Pennsylvania / Central NY
July 23, 9:08am

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