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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: Re: Re: Re: Shutdown And Facts.
To blame the Dems on this is rather silly. The House led by The GOP want to deufund Obamacare and have attached it to every proposal that they have put forth. The House has tried FORTY TIMES to end...

In Chaff » Speechless (not really)
October 06, 7:13pm

Re: GWAR covers Billy Ocean
old punk rock and early 80's hardcore...oh and some Oi! too Like Jay, if I do, it is only devoted to a few hours in a day at the most. Most of the time I just have music in my head blasting....

In Chaff » Hiking Music:
October 01, 8:53pm

Re: Re: A weekend with Ediza
Yes Bill you are correct. Might as well correct the thousands that make that mistake....that being said, nice pics, glad you got to go to that area. Been to 1000 Island and Garnett but not any furt...

In Post-Trip Reports » A weekend with Ediza
October 01, 8:49pm

Re: Yosemite alternative in case of shutdown?
Emigrant Wilderness which borders Yosemite on the north side has some great hiking. Maybe not as famous as Yosemite but pretty awesome. Also I would look into Hoover Wilderness which borders both Y...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Yosemite alternative in case of shutdown?
September 30, 12:11pm

Re: Re: A Week in SEKI
fantastic report Chris.....I want to do this trip. Love the pics. Next year for me

In Post-Trip Reports » A Week in SEKI
September 12, 4:22pm

Re: Trip
both are great trips Matt....either one you do you'll love it

In Pre-Trip Planning » sierra trip reccomendations?
September 12, 11:27am

Re: Re: Re: "My (failed) attempt at a SHR section."
Justin, hopefully you can figure this out as you are (and will) be missing some fantastic places to hike. I can't help but to think dehydration and lack of calories with a little altitude sickn...

In Post-Trip Reports » My (failed) attempt at a SHR section.
September 12, 11:23am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: My (failed) attempt at a SHR section.
Justin, I'm had no problem climbing Kearsarge Pass but had issues at slightly lower elevations? If I understand this correctly, most of your trips are at lower elevations right?...

In Post-Trip Reports » My (failed) attempt at a SHR section.
September 10, 3:35pm

Re: Re
Great report! I am planning the same hike next year!

In Post-Trip Reports » Onion Valley, Gardiner Basin, Sixty Lakes Basin, Rae Lakes Onion Valley Loop 8/20-8/26
September 09, 11:45am

Re: Horseshoe Meadow to Whitney Portal 8-20 to 8-24
Great report Marc!

In Post-Trip Reports » Horseshoe Meadow to Whitney Portal 8-20 to 8-24
August 29, 3:37pm

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