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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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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

june/july backpacking
N. California is a fine place to be in June or July. BUT, this year might prove to be difficult getting into the backcountry until mid July. Record rain and snowfall should make this summer an inte...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Best June/ July Backpacking?
April 14, 7:55am

bear attack
Wow. sad.

In Chaff » Bear Attack
April 14, 7:53am

summer trips
Whitney Portal and over Kearsarge to Onion Valley in August!!! First time up Whitney and first time going along the JMT over Forrester. Will be fun. Also maybe a solo on the Rae Lakes Loop, and...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » SUMMER TRIP PLANS 2006
April 13, 3:45pm

speaking from someone that has owned a P2 now for 4 years and just bought a Conduit, pack material is some of the best you will find. Same goes for the workmanship. As for capacity if you are going...

In GEAR » ULA Catalyst vs Circuit
April 10, 9:47pm

When DId I Begin To UL
Two years ago. After a bunch of years of carrying way too much gear I needed a change or my body would have broken down. I did the famous Rae Lakes Loop in Kings with a 65lbs pack for 4 days. I had...

In Philosophy & Technique » When Did You Begin UL?
April 10, 4:43pm

oh never mind I just the saw the weight.

In Make Your Own Gear » Bevy of SUL
April 09, 6:55pm

Peter what is the weight of the tarp and the bivy. Oh and by the way, quite impressive there!!

In Make Your Own Gear » Bevy of SUL
April 09, 6:55pm

I'm with Vick on that one!

In Make Your Own Gear » Bevy of SUL
April 09, 4:29pm

Nice idea there Bill. But I kinda agree that bottle bouncing around would drive me nuts.

In GEAR » H2O Ring - Soda Bottle Attachment for Pack Straps Etc
April 09, 1:34pm

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