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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: Sleeping bag won't fit into my backpack
well are you just putting the bag in without a stuff sack? If so probably that is the problem. If not then, what is the fill rate of the bag. Lower fill rate bags...ie 600 or so usually use larger ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Sleeping bag won't fit into my backpack
October 01, 8:11pm

Re: Re: Re: Epic--depends who you ask
yeah definately. I am thinking of buying.........a Big Sky International tent. If I order it now, I wonder if I will have it for the spring?

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Epic, how water resistant?
September 14, 9:31am

Re: Epic--depends who you ask
thanks Kevin I will take your suggestions with some thought. I hike in California. Summer thunder showers in the Sierra's typically last an hour or two with a few hail storms thrown in. I have a sk...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Epic, how water resistant?
September 14, 8:04am

Epic, how water resistant?
How resistant is it. I am thinking of buying a 1 man shelter that is free standing and Epic fabric is one of the options.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Epic, how water resistant?
September 13, 7:51pm

Re: Re: Re: My ursack failed
Well only half true. I am on my 6th year using Ursacks and I have used them in areas that allow Ursacks, and this year with the insert in Yosemite and Seki....No problems. Most likely their conditi...

In GEAR » Ursack failure
September 12, 4:32pm

Re: The Book
got it. The book is yours.

In GEAR » Ray Jardine's: Ray Way - Ultimate...
September 10, 12:14pm

Re: Re: G5 Hyperlight Pack 4 Sale
sold

In Gear Swap » G5 Hyperlight Pack 4 Sale
September 10, 10:27am

Re: G5 Hyperlight Pack 4 Sale
reduced, $50 and you pay shipping

In Gear Swap » G5 Hyperlight Pack 4 Sale
September 10, 10:24am

Re: Book
Ben or John if anyone one of you two still need a copy I will sell it for the same price so not to undercut anyone. $12.50 and I have paypal.

In GEAR » Ray Jardine's: Ray Way - Ultimate...
September 10, 9:04am

Re: My gear list - down to 7.5 lbs base
I agree, nice looking blog. Bill is right on listing the sizes, other than that....looks great!

In Gear Lists » My gear list
September 09, 5:30pm

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