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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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Steripen Opti
Used on one trip. Excellent condition. $55 and I will pay shipping. First to pm me gets it.

In Gear Swap » Steripen Opti
December 21, 3:28pm

Sawyer Inline Versus Steripen
I use a Steripen Opti and I am thinking of changing over to using a sawyer inline for more on the go drinking as well as for gravity feed filtration. Pros and cons? Thanks!

In GEAR » Sawyer Inline Versus Steripen
December 20, 8:12am

Re: Meetup - Yosemite Snowshoe/Ski to Dewey Pt. - Jan. 11-13"
I'm interested on Friday but won't know more until the end of the month

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Meetup - Yosemite Snowshoe/Ski to Dewey Pt. - Jan. 11-13
December 20, 7:54am

Re: Head Shots
My cat burrows under our comforter too

In Chaff » No Need to Pussy Foot Around This Problem
December 19, 11:01am

Re: No Need to Pussy Foot Around This Problem
And Evan, it's not your wifes cat, but both if yours......50/50 ......;)

In Chaff » No Need to Pussy Foot Around This Problem
December 18, 10:02pm

Re: Re: neighbor kitties
Everytime I set up a tarp or to work on or air out our tent my cats finf it open season to try to destroy them. Don't get me started on laying my WM sleeping bag out, they love to burrow into i...

In Chaff » No Need to Pussy Foot Around This Problem
December 18, 10:00pm

Re: Jack E. is in.
Per my phone message Dave, I am tentative. Also, this is the trip that I was putting together so if anyone was expressing interest in that one, this is one in the same

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Meetup - Yosemite Snowshoe/Ski to Dewey Pt. - Jan. 11-13
December 18, 7:24am

Re: Re: Re: Snowshoe In The Sierra December
somehere around the 7-11th??

In Pre-Trip Planning » Snowshoe In The Sierra December
December 08, 11:12am

Re: Re: 2011-2012 in review
Welcome Chris! Thank you for sharing your photos...they're indeed fantastic!

In Post-Trip Reports » 2011-2012 in review
November 22, 12:31pm

Re: Gotcha.
Christopher, Hetch Hetchy is below snow level. Glacier Point Rd. and trails offer great opportunities Emmigrant has Dodge Ridge, or at the Hwy 108 closure. Hwy 4 at Bear Valley offers many oppo...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Rae lakes and Sixty lakes basin in Dec?
November 19, 7:51am

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