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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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Cleaning Camelbak before first use
Yes - Hot soapy water and rinse it well. If you have a bottle brush around it can be useful in really scrubbing it. One of the regular posters here - I think it was Ben - suggests using a cheap...

In GEAR » Cleaning Cambelbak before first use?
September 03, 3:56pm

Diaper Decor Bags as Waders
We used the Diaper Decor with our twins...Getting them out of diapers was as good as a pay raise! I've also contemplated trying to use a Diaper Decor bag to fashion waders for stream crossin...

In Multiple Use Gear » Polycryo ground sheet as a packliner?
August 30, 10:56am

David, Have you thought about the Six Moon Designs Gatewood Cape? It usually comes up here as a shelter that will double as raingear, but in your case perhaps it could be raingear that has the ...

In GEAR » A new cape/poncho
August 26, 6:10am

Hammock Suspension
Good questions...I use 6' whoopie slings that I purchased from With them I use webbing with 2" loops sewn into each end. Because of the variation in the diameter of tr...

In Hammocks » Hammock suspension
August 25, 1:28pm

Graduate Schools
Penn State offers graduate degrees in Forest Resources - includng something called "Forest Recreation". I was an accounting major there, but had a bunch of fraternity brothers in the Sch...

In Chaff » Graduate Schools?
August 23, 12:40pm

Daughter's First Backpacking Trip
Tom, Thanks for the inspiration...I have twin girls who turn four in September. They've been car-camping since they were two but I've held off taking them backpacking. Maybe in the S...

In Post-Trip Reports » My Daughter's First Backpacking Trip
August 22, 6:13pm

UL Hammock Tarps
I'm working with Lawson at right now on a Hex Hammock Tarp that he might then add to his line. It's going to be smaller than Doug's Taj Mahal...Mine is going to have...

In Hammocks » UL Hammock Tarps w/ Adequate Coverage
August 20, 6:45am

Pitching a Gatewood Cape
I have 18" lines for my SMD Gatewood Cape... Try pitching it higher and see what the condensation is like. I also usually sleep with the door open unless it's actually raining which ...

In GEAR » Gatewood Cape ??'s
August 19, 10:46am

Sleeping in a Hammock
If you're flipping around in your bed all night and you know it then I'd be inclined to think that maybe you're not getting a good night's sleep in your bed. You need to spend a ...

In Hammocks » Hammocks... For Log Sleepers Only?
August 17, 7:16pm

Tarp Pitches
I think you'll need to provide a little more information, such as: - Is wind avoidance your primary concern? - Worried primarily about precipitation? - Do you sleep with a bivy? -...

In Philosophy & Technique » Tarp pitches for cold temperatures
August 17, 11:07am

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