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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: 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

Re: Re: Re: 12 lb base weight with Mystery Ranch G-pack
Uhhh that is not your baseweight. Weigh everything in your pack that you will be carrying, excluding consumables (food, water, and fuel). THAT is your baseweight.

In GEAR » Mystery Ranch Backpacks equals Dana Design quality?
July 21, 6:07pm

Re: Re: Ignorant abut Backpacking
Wow. Just read through this. Richard you are one angry man. Oh and we do get out. I can't speak for the others but I average about 30 nights a year in the backcountry. I guess you really have not s...

In GEAR » Mystery Ranch Backpacks equals Dana Design quality?
July 21, 2:13pm

Re: Mystery Ranch Backpacks equals Dana Design quality?
Yeah and they're heavy as shit

In GEAR » Mystery Ranch Backpacks equals Dana Design quality?
July 20, 10:53pm

Re: Re: F.S. BMW Vapor Bivy

In Gear Swap » F.S. BMW Vapor Bivy
July 16, 9:31pm

F.S. Go Lite Continuum
Excellent condition. Sized M. Only used 6-9 times. $60 plus shipping. I have paypal.

In Gear Swap » F.S. Go Lite Continuum
July 16, 3:16pm

F.S.Integral Designs Sil Tarp
never has been used. 5X8 on size and olive in color. I will part with this for $30 including shipping. I have paypal.

In Gear Swap » F.S.Integral Designs Sil Tarp
July 16, 3:11pm

F.S. BMW Vapor Bivy
Never been used. I am using a tarptent and need to get rid of this. This is sized long, and it's in excellent condition. $100 + $10 for shipping. I have paypal

In Gear Swap » F.S. BMW Vapor Bivy
July 16, 3:10pm

Re: Re: Ursack bear cannister on a 10 day Sierra Trip
man yer good. I can only do about 4 days with mine. Then again, I still bring way too much food.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Ursack bear cannister on a 10 day Sierra Trip
July 09, 10:09pm

Re: Response?
Well they were in the middle of moving from Maine to Virginia, might be the problem. Dunno.

In GEAR » MLD Tarps
July 04, 7:29pm

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