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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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StateCA
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All Forum Posts by Ken Helwig

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Re: Re: 50 States
Jerry ya think (sarcasm), but yes that is true (serious)....unfortunately. What is interesting is that the far, far right have taken over the Republican party. The issues that they are bringing to...

In Chaff » Romney/Ryan 2012
August 28, 9:27am

Re: Re: 50 States
Jerry, I was serious. Look to Texas as an example. The Feds would never let it happen. Not to mention the pandoras box that would be opened

In Chaff » Romney/Ryan 2012
August 28, 9:08am

Re: Re: Re: Let's talk Nordic
Justin, sorry but that idea would never work

In Chaff » Romney/Ryan 2012
August 27, 6:26pm

Re: Re: Redistribution? @ Fred
A huge +1 Tom on all three of your posts. Well said

In Chaff » Romney/Ryan 2012
August 27, 5:43pm

Re: Re: Re: Anyone Practice Trail Communism?
Me share a tent with someone other than my wife....nooooooo way.....I fart a lot

In Philosophy & Technique » Anyone Practice Trail Communism?
August 27, 5:41pm

Re: Re: Re: Bear Lake, Emigrant Wilderness, August 24-26
If you two want a fun dayhike try the trip that I suggested...it has some uphill but it is a lot of fun and the views are great

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Bear Lake, Emigrant Wilderness, August 24-26
August 27, 5:38pm

Re: Re: Re: Hoover
Thanks Andrew we'll hit that place up when we come out. Rick, I bet the blow down was frin our winter two years ago. We had a late season storm that had some of the highest winds we've enc...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Hoover Wilderness..Twin Lakes Trailhead to Peeler Lake and Beyond...Need some advice
August 27, 7:28am

Re: Re: Hoover
NICE...and I am assuming that is in Bridgeport??? I am a huge foodie....DONE!

In Pre-Trip Planning » Hoover Wilderness..Twin Lakes Trailhead to Peeler Lake and Beyond...Need some advice
August 26, 7:19pm

Re: Bear Lake, Emigrant Wilderness, August 24-26
Kat, have you been to Camp Lake?? It is only a couple of miles from the trailhead and there are not that great of camping options...just an FYI. Bear Lake is quite nice though and from the trailhea...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Bear Lake, Emigrant Wilderness, August 24-26
August 26, 4:32pm

Re: Re: Hoover
Andrew, thanks for the information! I did not know the trailhead is difficult to find and thanks on the parking info...I usually don't carry cash...now I have to. We are going mid week and scho...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Hoover Wilderness..Twin Lakes Trailhead to Peeler Lake and Beyond...Need some advice
August 26, 4:16pm

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