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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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Backcountry Ski Touring and What Do You Bring
New to ski touring. I will be making my rounds in the Sierra's and was wondering what any of you bring when it comes to cold weather camping. I guess that elevation would be anywhere from 7-10,000 ...

In Winter Hiking » Backcountry Ski Touring and What Do You Bring
November 20, 4:27pm

Ryans great stove
Again Ryan, how old are you? Geez louise your going to be the next ultralight genius and will be heading some lightweight backpacking company some day. Great stove. Keep it up!!!!!

In GEAR » Wood Stoves
November 20, 12:29pm

Equinox Bivy

In Gear Swap » Equinox Bivy For Sale
November 20, 8:48am

GG Mariposa
I have a Granite Gear Vapor Trail and a ULA P-2. For overnight ultralight trips I want to purchase GG G6. The Mariposa is a great pack but I need to use a inflatible pad for my bad back. The inflat...

In Gear Swap » G.G. Mariposa For Sale
November 20, 8:47am

G.G. Mariposa For Sale
$90 and only used once. Medium/Large torso size. Excellent condition. I will pay shipping in the USA. contact:

In Gear Swap » G.G. Mariposa For Sale
November 19, 6:38pm

Great photos. Been to many of the same places and the photos do them justice. Both Glen and Forester in one day? Wow.

In Post-Trip Reports » JMT 2005
November 18, 4:09pm

Lightweight Sleeping Pad Option For Winter
I am going to be doing a bunch of ski touring this winter and was wondering what you all use for sleeping pads to sleeping on snow?

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Lightweight Sleeping Pad Option For Winter
November 15, 8:28pm

Bill's SUL
Yep Ryan is, and sorry to hijack your wonderful thread there Bill.

In Gear Lists » Bill's SUL Gear List
November 08, 5:37pm

sul gear
and Ryan how old are you again? Knowledge!!!

In Gear Lists » Bill's SUL Gear List
November 08, 4:47pm

Massanutten Trail
sound like a great time out Ryan. You have me jealous right now. I can't do any trips for a month!!! thanks for the report, i enjoyed it.

In Post-Trip Reports » Massanutten trail
November 01, 8:07pm

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