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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: Rae Lakes Loop
Great report! Love that loop!

In Post-Trip Reports » Rae Lakes Loop, Sept 21-23
September 27, 4:59pm

Re: Tilden lake loop
if not Yosemite then Emigrant

In Pre-Trip Planning » Awesome winter trip suggestions in Yosemite?
September 25, 5:33pm

Re: RE Cool idea
Great job Jack, I am sure your grandson will love it!

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Trekking pole for my Grandson
September 24, 6:35pm

Re: Trip Report from Evolution Valley
Congrats Chris! Glad you nailed it. Good to see that you hit the notch of Lamarck at the correct spot. Awesome!

In Post-Trip Reports » Trip Report from Evolution Valley
September 23, 11:06am

Re: Re: Quality
I am 48 and listen to The Ramones....my wife has been trying to kick me out of the house now for years. I keep sneaking back in too

In Chaff » Punk Rock Lovin' Ultralighters
September 21, 4:48pm

Re: Quality
hahaha that is a good one!

In Chaff » Punk Rock Lovin' Ultralighters
September 21, 3:44pm

Re: Yeah
Nice videos Mike...I am a huge Clash fash...huge! Also, Jay is from Los Angeles area which is 300 or so miles south of where I grew up. Our to punk rock scenes were very important parts in making U...

In Chaff » Punk Rock Lovin' Ultralighters
September 21, 3:07pm

Re: reviews
People to I think that there is a difference between constructive criticism here. I felt that some of the comments thrown at the reviewer were somewhat meam spirited. Of course when you write somet...

In Editor's Roundtable » Solo-Plus Tent State of the Market Report
September 20, 11:10am

Re: Re: Solo plus tent SOTMR
just read through this....wow.

In Editor's Roundtable » Solo-Plus Tent State of the Market Report
September 19, 5:26pm

Re: Sierra High Route-Snow Tongue Pass to Frozen Lake Pass
Congrats on making it! Great pictures and an insiration to take that route one day. Awesome!

In Post-Trip Reports » Sierra High Route-Snow Tongue Pass to Frozen Lake Pass
September 18, 5:58pm

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