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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: Re: Mt. Whitney to Onion Valley
yes Eric this is what I am looking for. Thanks for the reply. The insert in my Ursack is mandatory in Yosemite to SEKI so I have to carry it. The Nalgene is there for my Steri Pen. I cannot use AM ...

In Gear Lists » Mt. Whitney to Onion Valley
August 04, 4:17pm

Re: Re: Beverage Can vs. Butane/Propane Stove
Also depends on a trip. If I am going fast and light for an overnighter, then a 2 oz. container of fuel and my Mo Go Torch stove do the trick. Multi day trips are a tad different. I will bring my S...

In GEAR » Beverage Can vs. Butane/Propane Stove
August 04, 2:40pm

Re: Re: Re: The new headnets on the home page
When sold in a package of two, The price does not seem that bad. They do look real nice. Something I would want during the early season in the Sierra's!!! Nice product.

In GEAR » The new headnets on the home page
August 02, 8:56pm

Re: Sierra NF End of September
all of those questions are good ones. Unfortunately unless someone has crossed the rivers there is no telling how high or low they will be. Also depends on how much snow is melting. We had record s...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Sierra NF End of September
August 02, 7:18pm

Re: 3 day couple's summer gear list
Nice set up. Don't really see any problems with what you have.

In Gear Lists » 3 day couple's summer gear list
August 01, 4:22pm

Mt. Whitney to Onion Valley
Hi all, I have never before posted a gear list, but I wanted to throw mine out there and have some feed back. My buddy and I are doing Mt. Whitney to Onion Valley in 4 day and traveling 54.3 miles....

In Gear Lists » Mt. Whitney to Onion Valley
July 30, 7:15pm

Re: Trail Runner reassurance - JMT
The only snow that you should encounter to any degree will be Donahue Pass and Island Pass. Many people have crossed both of those passes already this year so there should be worn paths made in the...

In GEAR » Trail Runner reassurance - JMT
July 30, 3:49pm

Re: Re: Drink Powder Re-Packaging
Great idea. I have a food vacum sealer and never thought of that!

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Drink Powder Re-Packaging
July 30, 12:24pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Drink Powder Re-Packaging
I do the same too Mike.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Drink Powder Re-Packaging
July 30, 8:48am

Re: Re: JMT before August 4th HELP
also keep in mind that the snow has been melting rather fast. So I don't know how updated those reports are. Also look out for thunder storms, we have had plenty of them this year.

In Post-Trip Reports » JMT before August 4th HELP
July 30, 8:34am

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