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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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Re: Re: How many bags do you have?
3 Bags. Western Mountaineering Highlite for coastal trips and such in California Western Mountaineering Ultralite Sierra's in the summer Western Mountaineering Apache for winter campin...

In GEAR » How many bags do you have?
March 31, 10:19am

Re: Re: Re: re:Best pillow?
I use a stuff sack that I stuff my clothes in. I turn it inside out and it has a fleece lining in it. Nice and comfortable without taking up extra space nor any added weight.

In GEAR » Best pillow?
March 31, 10:17am

Re: BD Epic tents in the Sierras?
why bring a tent during August. If you have a tarp or a poncho tarp, that should suffice. From Yosemite to Mt. Whitney you will encounter some thundershowers that arrive in the afternoon. They only...

In GEAR » BD Epic tents in the Sierras?
March 31, 10:15am

Re: Re: Water purification
Steripen all the way. The ease of effort and the no waiting part is the best. A.M. gives me gas problems...severly!!! Plus I could never get over the slight chlorine taste that Aqua Mira had. Yes t...

In GEAR » Water purification
March 26, 4:51pm

Re: it is all relative
agree with David on the hygiene being the main culprit to backcountry sickness. Also Douglas is right on with his treatment style. I switched over to my Steripen and have not looked back since....

In Editor's Roundtable » SteriPEN Adventurer Water Purifier REVIEW
March 25, 5:54pm

Re: Re: dropping pounds
Very cool Coleen!!!

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » dropping pounds
March 25, 1:53pm

Re: Web Site Critiquing Seems pretty good to me!

In On the Web » Web Site Critiquing
March 24, 8:05pm

Re: Kirk's site
go with an alcohol stove. The ability to find it in town is quite easy. Oh and the weight trade off is essential too.

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » White gas on the PCT?
March 17, 5:18pm

Re: Hanging your WM bag
I actually purchased hangers from Western Mountaineering when they had a shop in Santa Clara CA. They were around $35 and they fit in the footbox and your bag hangs upside down. Of course your bag ...

In GEAR » Hanging your WM bag
March 14, 5:59pm

Re: My two favorites
My Six Moon Designs Gatewood Cape. Pure Brilliance. Love it!!!!!

In GEAR » Favorite Piece of Gear Purchased? Last 6 Mo.
March 11, 7:38pm

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