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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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homemade gear
see I just learned something. I went to a url that had instructions for a pre filter and it was Jasons site. Great idea there. Also now I know who ben2world on the lightweight backpacker is.

In Make Your Own Gear » The Ultimate Home Made Gear Website
March 11, 6:30pm

homemade gear
something like that could be very beneficial. My and buddy and I have been toying with the idea of making gear and we both need all of the help and advice we could get. Well, me at least. LOL. Anyw...

In Make Your Own Gear » The Ultimate Home Made Gear Website
March 11, 6:26pm

homemade gear site
agree with Benjamin on this one. Jason, go for it!

In Make Your Own Gear » The Ultimate Home Made Gear Website
March 11, 6:24pm

single malt scotch. Hyland that is.

In GEAR » What is your "luxury" item?
March 06, 3:27pm

there ya go Curt. And good choice too!

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Tobacco on the trail
March 05, 3:34pm

that is why I just bring a nice pint of Single Malt Highland Whiskey. I too enjoy listening to sounds and a few swigs of top notch whiskey does it for me.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Tobacco on the trail
March 05, 12:34pm

Very nice! Where?

In Photo Gallery » Last Summer
March 05, 12:17pm

Nano tarp

In Gear Swap » BMW Stealth O Nano Tarp For Sale
March 04, 1:28pm

snow anchors
I just bought 12 Vargo Titanium snow stakes. I will report as to how they perform in a few weeks. They are a little pricey though.

In Winter Hiking » Winter tent stakes
March 04, 9:15am

Mountain Hardwear Packs
After looking at the pack again the Scrambler pack. If they would've added large mesh pockets,added a mesh front pocket (ala ULA), and done away with the lid, probably the weight would have stayed ...

In GEAR » New Packs form Mountain Hardwear
February 27, 6:37pm

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