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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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Puppy Pile
Ryan I heard that the condensation is horrendous. I personally have not used it, just going by second accounts.

In Gear Lists » Winter Gear List
January 10, 4:35pm

Backacker Magazine
In my original post all I was doing was voicing my displeasure with the direction that the magazine has headed into. Here is an example: I am a cyclist. If I want to read about new road bikes c...

In On the Web » Backpacker Magazine's Gear Guide '05
January 07, 3:55pm

trailhead
but the Sierra's are a three hours drive which sucks and that is with good traffic!!!

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » trailhead survey?
January 05, 6:23pm

TH Survey
about 15 miles or so. Depends on which mountain range I pick.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » trailhead survey?
January 05, 4:48pm

Ray Way
I too would look into Henry Shires tarptent DIY plan.

In Make Your Own Gear » confusion with Ray Way
January 03, 12:14pm

Essence
verrryyy impressive.

In GEAR » Essence has arrived!!
January 02, 10:22am

trowel
I carry one. In the high sierras the ground is quite hard, so carrying a trowel is something I bring.

In GEAR » Toilet trowel
December 30, 3:24pm

hiking partners
if you do stuff in the Sierras. email me. I would be interested. kennethhelwig@sbcglobal.net

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Partners in Humboldt
December 23, 1:47pm

Re: Sat Source
Thanks Alan. I appreciate the source. My first multi day trip is this summer (Tuolumne to Cedar Grove in SEKI) and I know that a sat. phone will put my wifes fears to rest.....a little. Great idea ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Hiking Alone
December 21, 5:39pm

Ultralight Skiing
Now here is my dilema. I want to apply the same techniques that I have learned for 3 season hiking and apply that towards being in the backcountry (namely the Sierra's) in the winter. Lightweight s...

In GEAR » "Ultralight" Backcountry Ski Gear
December 21, 5:33pm

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