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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: SteriPEN
Well the Nalgene comes with a pre filter that screws onto the bottle with a pull thing that lets air come out when it fills up. I agree that the thing is too darn heavy and just might take you up o...

In Gear Lists » Mt. Whitney to Onion Valley
August 07, 4:39pm

Re: Best butane lighter
right no use in the Sierra's

In GEAR » Best butane lighter?
August 06, 7:18pm

Re: Butane lighters and altitude
I gave up using mine because of the problems with altitude.

In GEAR » Best butane lighter?
August 06, 6:39pm

Re: Trail Camp Tarps
will be there on Aug. 21st. Bringing my Tarptent with me. I really hope that I can find some soft ground. Have me thinking about bringing extra guy line now.

In GEAR » Non-Freestanding Tent @ Mt. Whitney?
August 06, 10:53am

Re: Mariposa Plus
John I will sell you mine for $80 including shipping in the price. Mine has a med./large hip belt. It is blue and has only been used once. email at if you are interes...

In GEAR » Sleeping Bag ? Last of the Big 3..
August 05, 3:21pm

Re: a hammock
a light but thick sleeping pad that would not take up too much space. If we are talking luxury, then single malt scotch!

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » One Luxury
August 05, 2:15pm

Re: Hiking Poles - How Do I?
floor to elbow is correct. I have done both hiking with poles and without, sometimes in the same trip. I have always noticed that with going uphill it helps "power" your way up. Downhill it saves y...

In Philosophy & Technique » Hiking Poles - How Do I?
August 05, 11:19am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Mt. Whitney to Onion Valley
thank you!

In Gear Lists » Mt. Whitney to Onion Valley
August 04, 5:44pm

Re: 2007 Cocoon Teasers

In GEAR » New Cocoon Products this fall??
August 04, 4:30pm

Re: Re: Re: Mt. Whitney to Onion Valley
oh and some of the things that you might find missing are probably in my emergency kit or toiletry and such.

In Gear Lists » Mt. Whitney to Onion Valley
August 04, 4:18pm

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