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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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shoes
I use Salomon trail runners. I think they're called XA Pros or something like that. I usually go through a pair a year due to talus, rough trails, etc. For winter I snowsoe in boots.

In GEAR » What kind of footwear do you wear ?
October 30, 6:31pm

Splenda-Nutra Sweet- Spouse Education
I think that we all have this same sort of problem. When my wife looks at my gear hung up in our garage she always asks; do you need all of those packs? Tents?, Sleeping bags. I have gotten to the ...

In Philosophy & Technique » splenda,nutrasweet,spouse education
October 29, 4:55pm

water treatment
Awe common Dr. Jordan. You have to give us more than this!

In GEAR » New Water Treatment Product
October 29, 4:15pm

Gear For Sale
I have a Mountain Hardwear Conduit Sl Bivy that weighs in at 16 oz. Never been used. I will sale for $40. I also have a A-16 Bug Bivy for sale. It weighs 6.5 oz. and has never been used. I will ...

In Gear Swap » Gear For Sale
October 29, 12:00pm

pee
I actually like to get up and pee. The stars are sooo bright, and if there IS a full moon it is always a pretty sight. My wife hates it when I stumble over her on the way out of our tent. (Nope she...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » pee bottle
October 27, 6:36pm

pee
crap people just get up and go pee. too much thinking about this.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » pee bottle
October 27, 5:10pm

Fall list
Graeme is rght. Jacket would help out quite a bit. Same with gloves, and a cap to wear while going to bed. Maybe a balaclava too? That could help your temp. range.

In Gear Lists » Fall sleeping system
October 27, 3:49pm

sleeping pad warmth
Hey Ryan I have only been packing for 5 years and I have a baseweight of 10. You're on a fast learning curve and you do give out some great knowledge. Keep it up. No need to aplogise my friend, you...

In Winter Hiking » Sleeping Pad Warmth In The Winter
October 24, 6:52pm

pad and warmth
Ryan, great insight and Bill too, heck all of you. I just want to figure out a lightweight pad option for snow camping. I have bought a Thinlight insulation pad to back up whatever I end up purchas...

In Winter Hiking » Sleeping Pad Warmth In The Winter
October 24, 6:14pm

sleeping pad winter
Insul Mat Max Thermo possibly?

In Winter Hiking » Sleeping Pad Warmth In The Winter
October 23, 8:16pm

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