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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: 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

Re: Re: Yosemite--Virginia Canyon
I have always wanted to explore that area. Great report!

In Post-Trip Reports » Yosemite--Virginia Canyon
August 16, 11:09am

Re: Re: McCabe Lakes
Nice report guys.....I too have done the same trip. Some of my favorite areas of the Sierra. 20 Lakes Basin is a gem and a half too!

In Post-Trip Reports » McCabe Lakes / Eastern Yosemite
August 13, 5:25pm

Re: Thanks
Great report!! Thank you for sharing

In Post-Trip Reports » Father & Son UL trip of the JMT
August 10, 2:00pm

Re: re: Summer Vacation with our four Girls
great trip report Manfred.

In Post-Trip Reports » Summer Vacation in the John Muir Wilderness with our four Girls
August 10, 7:46am

Re: Crabtree, Gianelli, Sword Lake, Clarks Fork
Andre, a few things. First, at Crabtree Meadows there is a campsite with plenty of spots available. Gianelli is a little rough and higher clearance vehicles are better for you. If you want to you c...

In Pre-Trip Planning » any weekender ideas from the Bay Area, CA
July 30, 8:32pm

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