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Ken Helwig (kennyhel77) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
About Me A return to backpacking after a musicians life. Hiked with too much weight before finding out the "lite" side. I live in Scotts Valley which is right in the middle of the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains, and only 10 minutes from the beach and 15 minutes from Los Gatos. Love the Sierra's!!! Too many places to see and go!
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All Forum Posts by Ken Helwig

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Re: Northern California non-snow trips
Hite Cove is definitely recommended. Coe is ok, Ventana is better. Point Reyes is scenic but you have to camp in designated sites. I have done Yuba River area too, not bad but many of the trails ar...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Northern California non-snow trips?
December 03, 5:19pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Well we haven't covered immigration this year...
many hard drugs will never become legal because people cannot handle them. Simple as that. To think people are responsible enough to do so is rather ridiculous. What does legalization of drugs ...

In Chaff » Well we haven't covered immigration this year...
November 30, 10:06am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Well we haven't covered immigration this year...
legalize drugs....oh so libertarian and oh so impractical

In Chaff » Well we haven't covered immigration this year...
November 30, 9:10am

Re: Re: Tea Hee
and the irony is he passed a bill in Florida to have welfare recipients be drug

In Chaff » Tea Party Haters
November 20, 5:12pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Camping in Yosemite
Both Bob and Justin I +1 your comments...friggen made me laugh....nice guys!

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Yosemite Falls & Eagle Peak, November 23-24
November 18, 7:05pm

Re: Camping in Yosemite
"Why don't you join us Bob? I lol'ed." why laugh? I have hiked with Bob and he is a joy to hike with. My bet is that he can out hike you and he is old enough to be your gr...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Yosemite Falls & Eagle Peak, November 23-24
November 18, 5:36pm

Re: Yosemite from UA
Interesting pics Paul....the pictures of the fire area really depresses me. One of my buddies who is a Saratoga Fireman was called into fight the fire. He was amazed at the size and scope of this f...

In Post-Trip Reports » Yosemite from UA
November 12, 5:54pm

Re: Re: Re: Another article
No actually don't understand the politcs at hand....but then again, you have an oponion and YOUR opinion is always correct

In Chaff » Fresh Air with Terry Gross
November 04, 6:27am

Re: Another article
who cares^^^ he compromised our national security and could possibly jeopardize lives....HE will pay the price for it at sometime. Of course other groups are looking at him as a hero....drink some ...

In Chaff » Fresh Air with Terry Gross
November 03, 6:54pm

Re: Re: Dichotomy...
Snowden committed treason....he will be tried and will be convicted of being an enemy of the and learn. There are some secrets that do not need to see the light of day. The NSA are s...

In Chaff » Fresh Air with Terry Gross
November 03, 6:00pm

All Reader Reviews by Ken Helwig

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ULA Equipment
Been using ULA packs for years. Bought the P2, P1 and now the Conduit. All are excellent in their own way. Customer service is perfect and so is the gear. Great packs!!!

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
July 06, 4:58pm

Bear Boxer 101 Contender
Came home to find a rather colorful small box on my porch today. Wow it is small. I have always thought that it would be cool to have a small bear cannister for 1-2 nights of backpacking. Well here it...

In Miscellaneous Products
May 22, 6:25pm

Six Moon Designs Gatewood Cape
I have only taken this on one trip so far. Everything that I have read about this is true. The space (square feet) and the coverage is awesome. I did not feel claustrophobic at all. The harness is a g...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
April 08, 12:31pm

Down Works (Santa Cruz, CA)
I live in Scotts Valley which is 5 minutes from The Down Works. I have purchased alot of gear from them. I find them knowledgable, curtious, and priced right. Their products in their store is geared t...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
March 26, 4:53pm

Gossamer Gear
Have used two packs of theirs, tarp, pad, stoves and clothing. No problems at all!!!! Love their stuff and they continue to do well after the change. Without hesitation, I will use them for more purch...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
November 24, 7:27pm

Go Lite Speed
Just bought this today with a need for a multi day pack. I like all of the extra pockets, but wish that they were just a little bigger. As for the helmet holder, this is a great feature. I will not be...

In Backpacks - Frameless
May 19, 4:34pm

Seychelle In Line Eliminator
I too like the idea of this filter. The problem that I have had is getting the runs too. This has now happened a few times. Wonder if the filter is working at all.

In Hydration - Water Treatment
December 10, 4:26pm

ULA Equipment P-1
I have owned a P-1 for six months now (and a P-2 for 3 years) and have come to really enjoy the qualities that make this pack a great weeklong hauler. The 1/4 length stays work well in making your pac...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 13, 10:40am

Gossamer Gear Mariposa
4200 ci with two stays. A pouch for your sleeping pad on the outside to add support to the frame, and the best part of the pack is that it weighs in at 17 oz. Other options include using clothing inst...

In Backpacks - Frameless
August 04, 9:40am