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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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Emigrant Wilderness Piute Lake Question
Heading out for a quick overnighter this week and I was wondering if anyone has done a cross country route from Piute Lake down to the Pine Valley trail. Or is it better to go to Gem lake and do th...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Emigrant Wilderness Piute Lake Question
September 02, 11:38am

Re: So, what gun ?
pretty funny tongue and (firmly planted) cheek post Franco....LOVE IT!

In Chaff » So, what gun ?
September 01, 2:12pm

Re: Re: Different strokes
Mike, if you don't mind me asking ....what are your feelings about Scotland becoming their own country. I have friends on Glasgow and they're kind of approaching this idea with caution and ...

In Chaff » Romney/Ryan 2012
August 31, 2:55pm

Re: Re: Iceland
Cheer, though I am quite left and others usually don't agree. I just want a better society

In Chaff » Romney/Ryan 2012
August 31, 11:50am

Re: Re: Iceland
Spelt (strange calling someone that...) and Cameron, both of your posts are well thought out and reasonable. Nice

In Chaff » Romney/Ryan 2012
August 31, 11:33am

Re: An outsider
Mike, I would say yes. Fred look no further than Canada....it does work and yes, their version is not pure socialism but a watered down version. And yes we as a country have similar public assist...

In Chaff » Romney/Ryan 2012
August 31, 10:41am

Re: ?
What's wrong with Socialism?

In Chaff » Romney/Ryan 2012
August 31, 10:08am

Re: Third party
Fred, maybe you should read my rant once again on page 9. I want nothing to do with your vision of this country. I say that respectively BTW as we all have opinions. Have you read what Tom K. wrot...

In Chaff » Romney/Ryan 2012
August 31, 9:12am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Anyone Practice Trail Communism?
I guess that depends on my oral hygiene while hiking..... :)

In Philosophy & Technique » Anyone Practice Trail Communism?
August 31, 8:59am

Re: Re: Re: My Politics 2012
Tom unfortunately, most of our country would not agree......sigh....

In Chaff » Romney/Ryan 2012
August 30, 7:21pm

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