BPL Community Profile

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!
CityScotts Valley
StateCA
CountryUSA

You cannot send this user a personal message (PM) because they have not specified a PM email address yet.

All Forum Posts by Ken Helwig

Showing 171 - 180 of 3419 | Page: 1 ...9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 ...342
 

Post

Forum » Thread

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 confused....you 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

Re: Central coast
Just north of SF we have Point Reyes...south you have Big Basin, Henry Coe, and Ventana Wilderness. Expect lows in the 30's at lower elevations and of course lower temps than that at higher ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » From San Diego to: (where?) in December
August 28, 8:19am

Re: Re: Hurricane Katrina response is Obama's fault.
they also blame him for the economic downturn too.............. haven't you heard?

In Chaff » Hurricane Katrina response is Obama's fault.
August 26, 5:13pm

Re: Got it.
Enjoy the hike...keep in mind the elevation gain coming up to Relief Res. is deceiving...seriously. Pretty area though

In Pre-Trip Planning » Relief Reservoir, Kennedy Meadows...Help please.
August 22, 12:08pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Relief Reservoir, Kennedy Meadows...Help please.
trailhead to Relief Res. is at Kennedy Meadows and Resort off of Hwy 108. And yes there are two Kennedy Meadows. The other one is in the the very southern portion of the Sierra

In Pre-Trip Planning » Relief Reservoir, Kennedy Meadows...Help please.
August 21, 11:02am

Re: Lakes Basin near Graeagle
Kelly I have been to 20 Lakes Basin numerous times. Yes the trailhead is crowded but that is due to day hikers and fisherman for Saddlebag Lake. Once you pass the lake, especially in the afternoon,...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Kid-friendly backpacking trip within 5 hours of San Francisco/Silicon Valley?
August 21, 9:52am

All Reader Reviews by Ken Helwig

Showing 1 - 9 of 9 | Page: 1
 

Review

Category

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