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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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Henry Coe
Have fun. I live in San Jose and keep thinking that would be a fun winter hike. Please let us know how you do. Your list looks real good by the way.

In Gear Lists » Henry Coe SP Gear List
January 26, 4:19pm

back problems
I too suffer from lower back problems and have used a Granite Gear Vapor Trail with loads of up to 17 lbs and have had no problems. These packs can handle much more to. Great comfortable ride and t...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Good Packs for Lower Back Problemsn
January 25, 6:16pm

torsolite and equinox bivy
Hi, it was me that sold you the bivy. I never used it if that helps at all.

In Gear Swap » Torsolite and Equinox Bivy For Sale
January 17, 10:02am

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

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

verrryyy impressive.

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

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

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