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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: Exped pads
my wife and I both have them for snow camping. Tad bit heavy but warm and verrrryyyy comfortable. Good night sleep is at hand with these wonderful pads~!~

In Winter Hiking » down air mattress
November 27, 6:59pm

Re: Western Mountaineering Megalite
I own a Ultralight and have for two years now. I am 6-1 210 lbs. It is a tad tight but does a great job. 26 ounces and rated down to 20 degrees. I have taken it down to the low 30's and have had no...

In GEAR » Western Mountaineering Megalite
November 27, 5:24pm

Re: Re: Big Sky tent
after all of the trouble that I have heard about Big Sky I am sooooo glad that I never purchased a tent from them. Mind you I came very close to. Instead I bought a Big Agnes SL3 for my wife and I ...

In GEAR » Big Sky shelters --- who has ordered? who got their's?
November 26, 5:44pm

Re: Re: Organizing your outdoor gear
I have these neet wall hanging things from REI that has hooks on them. I hang my backpacks, Ice axe, and other things that could be hung on there. I have two storage bins with shelves with doors th...

In GEAR » Organizing your outdoor gear
November 20, 8:19am

Re: Re: Just Go
did not know that when I started this thread that there would be so many interesting replies. I think that the aspect of pushing one self is probably one of the greater joys of going solo. With pus...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Solo or No Go
November 11, 12:42pm

Re: Re: Solo or No Go
all agreed. Such intelligent thoughts have been posted here. Very cool.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Solo or No Go
November 10, 12:15pm

Re: Pacific Outdoor Equipment uber-lite & uber mountain sleeping mat
If you want to buy it I will sell it to you for next to nothing.

In GEAR » Pacific Outdoor Equipment uber-lite & uber mountain sleeping mat
November 08, 8:31pm

Re: Re: I agree with Dale about the poncho
That is the one that I have and I have used it above treeline with great results. Integral Designs that is.

In GEAR » Wet rain jacket
November 06, 8:28pm

Re: I agree with Dale about the poncho
For whatever it is worth I switched to a poncho this summer and really liked how it performed. Also covering most of my pack was pretty nice too. I combine that with Gossamer Gear Sil chaps and the...

In GEAR » Wet rain jacket
November 06, 6:57pm

Check This Out! Very nicccceeeee!!!!!

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Check This Out!
November 05, 6:28pm

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