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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
CountryUSA

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All Forum Posts by Ken Helwig

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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

Hoover Wilderness..Twin Lakes Trailhead to Peeler Lake and Beyond...Need some advice
A buddy (yes I have friends..) and I are heading out next week and heading into Hoover Wilderness. We are heading out at the Twin Lakes trailhead, with our first night at Peeler Lake, over Rock Isl...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Hoover Wilderness..Twin Lakes Trailhead to Peeler Lake and Beyond...Need some advice
August 26, 3:32pm

Re: Re: Re: N. Lake via Lamarck
Christopher, It took about 15 minutes to find the correct notch...it is not hard trust me.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Help me plan a loop in Evolution area
August 26, 1:22pm

Re: Re: N. Lake via Lamarck
Such a small world Christopher! However that tape thingy was done on some bad recordings....something that I am not too proud of...however I think the song is Sounds of The City..Yes I have heard o...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Help me plan a loop in Evolution area
August 24, 10:52pm

Re: Re: South lake to N. Lake via Lamarck
Small world Christopher....hahahah yes I know Eric and many of his friends are my friends too. I just saw him a few weeks ago at our SKUNX BBQ in SJ. I am a musican too, played in a band called Sli...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Help me plan a loop in Evolution area
August 24, 4:33pm

Re: South lake to N. Lake via Lamarck
Yes Christopher there is a Ranger Station in Bishop. That is where most of us grab our permit for east side SEKI trips. They will probably give you any information that is more current since your t...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Help me plan a loop in Evolution area
August 24, 4:30pm

Re: Re: South lake to N. Lake via Lamarck.
Christopher, why Mono Lake to pick up your permit. Are you flying in to Reno or Tahoe. Bishop is where I get my petmits, and you probably get needed trail info from them

In Pre-Trip Planning » Help me plan a loop in Evolution area
August 24, 3:34pm

Re: South lake to N. Lake via Lamarck.
Christopher a few things...firstly, Dusy Basin is quite pretty. Are you planning to stop there and soak up the scenery? If not you could make it to Leconte in one day. If you do decide to stay in ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Help me plan a loop in Evolution area
August 24, 3:31pm

Re: In-N-Out Burger - say it ain't so!
Read that this morning. Humans can be some of the worst creatures on this planet.

In Chaff » In-N-Out Burger - say it ain't so!
August 22, 12:15pm

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