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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: please share about the snow!!!!
All of those passes do not lie between Sonora and Yosemite. I was up near SEKI two weeks ago and their still is a lot of snow up there. Can't comment on all of those passes though Bernard.

In Post-Trip Reports » Trip pix: PCT south from Sonora Pass to Tuolumne Meadows
July 29, 6:32am

Re: Tahoe-yosemite final gear list
Ryan why the eTrex? From Tahoe to Yosemite the trails are easy to follow and have signs. I would ditch the hybrid part of your Ursack. Even when you get into Yosemite, I believe that you are far en...

In Gear Lists » Tahoe-Yosemite trail gearlist
July 28, 10:30am

Re: Poncho advice
http://www.prolitegear.com/integral_designs_silcoat_cape.html this is what I bought and I think I am going to really like it.

In GEAR » Poncho advice
July 28, 8:56am

Re: Re: Smartwool shirts: shrinkage?
mine have not shrunk either and I wash them and use the dryer too.

In GEAR » Smartwool shirts: shrinkage?
July 26, 4:14pm

Re: Re: anti-slip teatment for silnylon floors?
second that!!!

In GEAR » anti-slip teatment for silnylon floors?
July 25, 8:40pm

Re: ULA Circuit
all ULA packs simply rule. Welcome to the club!

In GEAR » ULA Circuit
July 25, 7:40pm

Re: Re: Drink Powder Re-Packaging
Crystal Light now comes in smallish tubes instead of the tub. Much smaller than those tubs and takes up almost no space.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Drink Powder Re-Packaging
July 25, 6:17pm

Re: Devotion
good question. Thanks for jumping in Ron, you saved me from emailing you about your fine bag. I am going to be ordering one!!

In GEAR » MLD Devotion Bag
July 24, 7:18am

Re: Re: Mystery Ranch Backpacks equals Dana Design quality?
Took a look at his site and I have to say, wow. Very interesting. He definately has his opinions on backpacking. I really enjoyed his part on physical fitness of backpacking. Oh boy, does he get it...

In GEAR » Mystery Ranch Backpacks equals Dana Design quality?
July 23, 7:23pm

Re: want one...
Christopher if I only could sew!!! The price look very attractive and the design looks fantastic. I am a huge WM fan and it is hard to pry myself away from their bags. But......I think I will buy it.

In GEAR » MLD Devotion Bag
July 23, 7:04pm

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