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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: 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

Re: No.. .
$200 for mine and insurance did not cover. I didn't bring them on my last trip. Reading a map while going cross country was a pain

In Chaff » New glasses
September 13, 7:12am

Re: Re: All very helpful
Jim, Lamarck Col is pretty straightforward and not too dufficult. If you have questions fire away

In Pre-Trip Planning » Bishop Pass South-North Lake Loop ideas
September 12, 3:18pm

Re: Re: Re: Bishop Pass South-North Lake Loop ideas
Jim, sounds like you'll be fine. That said, I have been over Donahue heading south on the JMT, as well as Muir and Bishop but not Piute. Both Bishop and Muir are higher and I suspect you alrea...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Bishop Pass South-North Lake Loop ideas
September 11, 5:34pm

Re: Bishop Pass South-North Lake Loop ideas
How are you with hiking at elevation?

In Pre-Trip Planning » Bishop Pass South-North Lake Loop ideas
September 11, 2:37pm

Re: JMT - Can we/Should we?
Julie I am a newly diagnosed Type 2 Diabetic. Well actually it's been a year. I have successfully hiked with this affliction. My dietician told me I can eat whatever I want during backpacking...

In Pre-Trip Planning » JMT - Can we/Should we?
September 11, 9:04am

Re: Re: Thank you! A few more questions
Correct on the road leading to Gianelli.... I have seen many cars there, just go slow. There is a cool sign on top of the pass explaining how the emigrants came through the pass and the region. Enj...

In Pre-Trip Planning » First backpack trip with my 11 year old son
September 10, 9:49am

Re: First backpack trip with my 11 year old son
Paul, I have been there a few times. The elevation gain is a bit deceptive and the camping sites are not that great. I would look at Gianelli Cabin trailhead or Crabtree. If you chose Crabtree, you...

In Pre-Trip Planning » First backpack trip with my 11 year old son
September 09, 4:43pm

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