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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: z
Anthony is right...though I would guess that late Sept. is pretty safe...The Nice thing about your route is that you have multiple bail points...though I feel you will not need them. I would consid...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Tuolumne to Devils Postpile in late September?
August 21, 7:14pm

Re: Re: Slangin'
Lynn, that was a great post...huge +1

In Chaff » Romney/Ryan 2012
August 21, 5:09pm

Re: Opsack instead of hanging food
Andy, I have. Unfortunately I had some of my food broken into. Hanging it from a limb versus on the ground might be better. Trust my Ursack a bunch more

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Opsack instead of hanging food
August 20, 11:40am

Re: Shameful and Irresponsible Dog Owner?
Unbelievable ......I could never do that to my pets....never

In Chaff » Shameful and Irresponsible Dog Owner?
August 20, 8:44am

Re: Finding Our Way. 8/18 thru 8/19 2012
a big +1!

In Post-Trip Reports » Finding Our Way. 8/18 thru 8/19 2012
August 19, 3:02pm

Re: Well....
well put Kat...and I agree....bad taste.

In Chaff » Romney/Ryan 2012
August 18, 1:44pm

Re: Bearpaw Minimalist One Bug Net

In Gear Swap » Bearpaw Bug Net
August 17, 9:42am

Bearpaw Minimalist One Bug Net
Only used a couple of times. Perfect condition....this has a sil floor. I paidhave $80 and I am sellingin it for $40 and you pay shipping. Paypal and use gift or personal option so Paypal does not ...

In Gear Swap » Bearpaw Bug Net
August 17, 9:13am

Re: Transportation in Yosemite in October
Brett, one problem you might encounter is that starting in Oct. there are parking restrictions. Visit there website for more information. The gist of this is that you cannot park overnight on man...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Transportation in Yosemite in October
August 16, 9:30am

Re: Re: A little green
Great report guys. Doug I am glad you had such a knowledgeable tour guide. I too was at the same lake that you guys stayed at on your first nigh, just a month earlier....courtesy of Tom BTW....now ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Trip report: Sierra Trip - Shepherd Pass and Piute Pass
August 16, 7:34am

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