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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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sleeping pad winter
Insul Mat Max Thermo possibly?

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

Sleeping Pad Warmth In The Winter
This winter season I will be starting to do some ski touring and showshoe trips. I have winter camped before but never the Lightweight way. I am looking at lightweight options available so that I c...

In Winter Hiking » Sleeping Pad Warmth In The Winter
October 23, 7:08pm

if I were to hike solo, the peace of mind that my wife would have would be priceless. Debating a week long trip next year and a Sat. Phone or a Beacon are the two items I will have to chose from to...

In Philosophy & Technique » Hiking Alone
October 22, 3:02pm

Thanks for the replies. Tom I am at that juncture too, especially when wanting to do trips in SEKI. I have some wonderful backpacking friends that are great to do trips with, but with new families ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Hiking Alone
October 21, 5:59pm

Sorry Pack has now sold.

In Gear Swap » For Sale ULA P-1
October 21, 5:06pm

Sorry it has now sold.

In Gear Swap » Henry Shires Virga Tarptent 4 Sale
October 21, 5:06pm

Sul Tent
With a lightweight bivy and a tarp like the Nano Tarp (which I bought and can hardly wait to stick in my pack) you can have a shelter in the range of 10 oz or so. That is a lightweight combo that i...

In GEAR » SUL tent
October 20, 5:08pm

SUL Tent
Ryan, there is a review on this site for the tent. From what I remember, it was not too favorable. Your much better off staying with your bivy/tarp combo.

In GEAR » SUL tent
October 20, 4:54pm

Henry Shires Virga Tarptent 4 Sale
Used only 5 times. This 1 person shelter has the bathtub floor, netting, and poles. In very good condition, I will part with this shelter for $60 and I will pay shipping. Contact me at kennethhelwi...

In Gear Swap » Henry Shires Virga Tarptent 4 Sale
October 20, 4:52pm

agreed on the anonymous. especially when others are being treated rude. faceless posts are rather cowardice.

In GEAR » Ray Jardine closes shop
October 19, 8:40pm

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