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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: need to learn self-arrest
Most likely you should be able to find someone to help you learn. Self arrest is quite important to know when traveling in the snow. The Sierra's have many passes (sounded like you aredoing the PCT...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » need to learn self-arrest
September 04, 1:20pm

G5 Hyperlight Pack 4 Sale
Excellent condition $80 including shipping. Size large. Paypal accepted. Email me at This is the NON Sylnylon version

In Gear Swap » G5 Hyperlight Pack 4 Sale
September 04, 9:55am

Re: Re: Tarptent Contrail
Beautiful tent Henry!!! Oh and thanks for such great customer service last week. It was appreciated!

In GEAR » NEW Tarptent
September 03, 7:14am

Re: NEW Tarptent
Heard that too. Has me very, very interested!!!! Way to go henry!!

In GEAR » NEW Tarptent
September 01, 9:49pm

Re: Re: Dancing Light Gear
They have decided to call it quits

In On the Web » Dancing Light Gear
September 01, 7:37am

Re: Re: SmartWool long-sleeve lightweight zip-t; $30
I actually own that shirt and it is a great base layer!

In Gear Deals » SmartWool Lightweight Zip-T; $30
August 30, 4:28pm

Re: light but sturdy
Second ULA. I have two of their packs and they are some of the best built packs around. And reasonably priced too. Brian is out of the office though between Aug.-Nov. of this year.

In GEAR » What Pack
August 26, 11:53am

Re: cleaning trail running shoes?
agree with David. That is what I do too. In fact I am doing that today. My Salomon's right now. They're so dirty that instead of black they are grey!

In GEAR » cleaning trail running shoes?
August 25, 12:39pm

Re: Re: ursalite purpose
Great list, but the reality is that if a ranger comes upon you, and they ask you about you food protection, and you proudce the Urslaite bag system, or come upon you camping with your system hangin...

In Gear Lists » Pack List for a Sierra High Route variation
August 24, 5:56pm

Re: Marmot Ion
Montane Featherlite Smock. Light, packs real small, and holds off the wind pretty well.

In GEAR » Your favorite Wind Shirt?
August 18, 8:04am

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