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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: Arroyo Seco this weekend.
ahhhh man, I just saw this. Would've gone too!

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Arroyo Seco this weekend.
March 30, 4:15pm

Re: Re: Planning a Rae Lakes Trip Need Wisdom
Sooooo your doing the Rae Lakes Loop and not staying at Rae Lakes?

In Pre-Trip Planning » Planning a Rae Lakes Trip Need Wisdom
March 24, 11:06am

West Side Entrance of SEKI 4-5 day Trip Ideas
Thinking of doing something in the range of 4-5 days outta SEKI. Some nice high elevation would be great but I know that you get more of that from the eastern approaches ie Shepherd, Kearsarge, etc...

In Pre-Trip Planning » West Side Entrance of SEKI 4-5 day Trip Ideas
March 03, 3:05pm

Re: Dewey Point, 1/11 to 1/13/2013
Looks like a great trip guys! Bummed that I could not make it, but considering how cold it was....kinda relieved! Next time, I promise

In Post-Trip Reports » Dewey Point, 1/11 to 1/13/2013
January 17, 12:14pm

Re: What are the trees like, for those who know the area?
Have a great trip guys I wish I could go!

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Meetup - Yosemite Snowshoe/Ski to Dewey Pt. - Jan. 11-13
January 08, 8:49am

Re: Re: What would you have done?
real interesting that the rangers did not help. We pay them to do just that....(shaking my head)

In Chaff » What would you have done?
January 06, 11:40am

Re: What the parks said...
Liz, it sounds like you want to hike around the SF Bay Area....Coe, is alright really, but Point Reyes which is an hour north of SF is much much better scenery wise. Also Ventana Wilderness near Mo...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Skyline to Sea January
December 29, 2:50pm

Re: Skyline to Sea January
Liz, Pigeon Point is pretty far from the exit point from the trail. The hike can be done in two days BTW. I did it in one and a half days and I am not a fast hiker. Is the park closed to camping?...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Skyline to Sea January
December 28, 10:53am

Re: 4 Sale- Spot Receiver
Bumpa de bump

In Gear Swap » 4 Sale- Spot Receiver
December 27, 3:16pm

Re: Mammoth-to-Yosemite specifics
+1000 on what Elizabeth wrote about The Sierra. Perfectly stated

In Pre-Trip Planning » Major road trip to western parks - mainly Yosemite
December 27, 8:19am

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