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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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In Gear Swap » FS 3 Packs
June 12, 7:37pm

Re: Re: Love at first sight
My ULA Conduit. or my ULA P2 both are awesome packs and I love them. Oh and wait! If it with my wife then our Big Agnes SL3. Slept they other night at Relief Res. in Emmigrant and was happy as...

In GEAR » Love at first sight
June 11, 7:59pm

FS 3 Packs
Go Lite Infinity size M only used 5 times and is in great condition. $50 Gregory Z Pack size M only used 5 times, Excellent condition. $50 Go Lite Speed size L. Only use once $50 You pa...

In Gear Swap » FS 3 Packs
June 10, 6:39pm

Re: solo bp or camping in general
you would like to know what gear we use that we consider our 4 most important pieces? If so then: 1. My sleeping bag. The Ultralite by Western Mountaineering. 26 oz. 2. My shelter. Tarp Tents ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Solo or No Go
June 10, 5:54pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: GI problems & chemical treatment
Thanks Paul, yep I meant Micro Drops. Thanks for all the detailed insight. From my understanding the Miox is a salt based water purifier versus AM is chemical based? Now I am no scientist so I bet ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Help with Aqua Mira
June 10, 10:55am

Re: Re: Re: GI problems & chemical treatment
thanks Douglas, I actually thought of the Steri Pen or the MSR thingy (forgot the name, and I am too lazy to look it up). That might be the route that I am heading towards. I do shake the Platy whe...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Help with Aqua Mira
June 09, 8:52pm

Re: GI problems & chemical treatment
sorry for some confusion. The times that I have used Aqua Mira, half of the time I get the symptoms. The last trip was an overnighter. The micro drops are from Gossamer Gear that comes with the AM....

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Help with Aqua Mira
June 09, 4:45pm

Help with Aqua Mira
been using it for the past 3 years and have had some....ahem problems with not feeling too well the next day and bad diahrea. Sorry about being so descriptive folks. Has anyone else had this proble...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Help with Aqua Mira
June 09, 3:45pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: sunny
Wow imagine someone altering your experience, that would have bummed me out. Great job Sunny. You were very gracious. As for being outdoors and having people look at my gear. I got the chance l...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Solo or No Go
June 08, 2:36pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Tahoe-Yosemite trail gearlist
that is great!!!!

In Gear Lists » Tahoe-Yosemite trail gearlist
June 06, 5:46pm

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