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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: tarptent
With all ultralight gear, care is needed to inusre that you get the most mileage out of it. If you can 4-5 seasons out of the tent, then I would consider it a good investment.

In Philosophy & Technique » When Did You Begin UL?
July 23, 1:09pm

Re: Re: Re: Rain Gear (in warmer temps)
yep they are ugly. But then again, when I am getting drenched, all bets are off. LOL

In GEAR » Rain Gear (in warmer temps)
July 23, 10:25am

Re: UL to be
well if the tarp thing is not for you. Look into a Tarp Tent by Henry Shires or one by Six Moon Designs. Also since you like to sew, there are a few places around on the web that has kits for tarp ...

In Philosophy & Technique » When Did You Begin UL?
July 23, 9:14am

Re: Rain Gear (in warmer temps)
I bought a Integral Designs Cape which weighs 5 oz. and Gossamer Gear Spinn Chaps at 1.6 oz. covers me and my pack. Have not had the chance to use it yet but from the replies that I got from my pos...

In GEAR » Rain Gear (in warmer temps)
July 23, 9:10am

Re: Wine and Goat Cheese
Now that sounds goood!!! For me a Lil Nipper full of Single Malt Scotch of the Highland variety makes me quite happy one night out of a 5 dayer or so. Nothing better than watching the sun's glow on...

In GEAR » Mystery Ranch Backpacks equals Dana Design quality?
July 22, 6:09pm

Re: Re: Re: Proper Rain Protection
also coastal hikes (Santa Cruz Mountains, Point Reyes, Big Sur etc.) I won't go out if the weather report has a storm coming in. I tend to hike on the coast Nov.-March, then off to the lower parts ...

In GEAR » Proper Rain Protection
July 22, 6:04pm

Re: Re: Proper Rain Protection
Thanks for the input. I read that the cape that I purchased has a draw string at the bottom. Don't quote me on this though. My memory....... I also on a pair of Montane wind pants, and I might keep...

In GEAR » Proper Rain Protection
July 22, 6:01pm

Proper Rain Protection
Just purchased the Integral Designs Sil Coat Cape (which weighs in 5 oz.) and Gossamer Gear Spinn Chapps (1.6 oz.) This coupled with my Montane Featherlite Smock (2 and something oz,.). Should thi...

In GEAR » Proper Rain Protection
July 22, 9:34am

Re: Re: Re: Expert Answers How Safe is Ultralight Hiking?
rotator cuff injury casued by a backpack? Ummm that is a more baseball or football related injury, due to stressing, or overusing a certain part of you shoulder? Not from a backpack. weird.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Expert Answers How Safe is Ultralight Hiking?
July 22, 8:19am

Re: Re: Re: Arctic 1000
oh and I carry 18 lbs for 5 days with a hipbelt mister smarty!

In GEAR » Mystery Ranch Backpacks equals Dana Design quality?
July 21, 6:09pm

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