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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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rei
Instead of The Whisperlite why not the Simmerlite. Same design but much lighter also you can get denatured fuel at their stores, Vargo titanium stakes, Platypus water containers, Smartwool cloth...

In GEAR » help me spend my $200 at REI
April 23, 10:27am

stomach sleeper
I too am a stomach sleeper that tosses and turns all night (poor sleep ability, especially in the backcountry) that ends up getting my bag all tangled up. Funny though, when it is cold I tend to sl...

In GEAR » hey stomach sleepers
April 23, 10:24am

Ursack
I have had an Ursack going on 5 years now, and have not had ONE problem with them. I bought the aluminum sleeve so that it can be used in Yosemite, SEKI, etc. So that I could reduce my weight with ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ursack Vs. Bear cannister?
April 20, 6:59pm

Gol Lite Dawn
sold

In Gear Swap » Go Lite Dawn For Sale
April 18, 6:58pm

yosemite
Yeah, to be honest, the tent could make a huge difference. Single wall or did it have a fly?

In Winter Hiking » Condensation in Yosemite
April 17, 5:33pm

Go Lite Dawn Reduced
changed the price from $50 to $35. You pay the shipping.

In Gear Swap » Go Lite Dawn For Sale
April 16, 3:49pm

Go Lite Dawn For Sale
Never has been used. I am clearing out gear that I don't need and I thought that this great pack needs a home. The pack costs $80 and I am willing to sell it for $35. The pack is sized large and is...

In Gear Swap » Go Lite Dawn For Sale
April 15, 3:52pm

ligth
impressed!! Awesome idea!!

In Make Your Own Gear » 0.3 oz flashlight
April 15, 1:31pm

Rae Lakes
Late June will probably present a problem going over Glenn Pass. The snowfall this year has been incredible, with many April storms still dropping snow at 5000 ft. That said, Glenn Pass should have...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Calif. 7-10 trip, late June
April 15, 7:22am

june/july
can't speak for The Cascades, but The Lost Coast should be fine. It rains alot more there in the summer than The Sierra's. I was mainly commenting on the Sierra's for this June and July. All coasta...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Best June/ July Backpacking?
April 14, 3:54pm

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