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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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Who cares. He acts like an ultralight prophet and everyone is giving him and others way too much credit. What about Hike your own hike. People do your own thing. Whatever works for you, do it.

In GEAR » Ray Jardine closes shop
October 19, 8:05pm

New ULA's
I saw the ice axe on the site. At that weight it should be illegal. Also the new packs look amazing.

In GEAR » ULA New Packs for 2006
October 19, 7:26pm

For Sale ULA P-1
Only used once. This is a size large pack. It has a hydration sleeve inside (removable), Stow pocket inside (removable) single ice axe loop, Two hip belt pockets, Shock cord on the front of the pac...

In Gear Swap » For Sale ULA P-1
October 19, 6:14pm

I would also call Kings Canyon. They close Hwy 180, during the fall till spring when the weather turns bad.

In GEAR » What do you do?
October 18, 2:25pm

Life is precious
While working today (I am a wine sales rep.)and driving to one of my accounts in Los Gatos, CA I saw a beautiful 3 pt. Buck hit by a large truck. I guess it caught the Buck in the rear as it was ru...

In Chaff » Life is precious
October 17, 4:45pm

The NWS has reported that the weather is supposed to great this coming weekend, but cold at night.

In GEAR » What do you do?
October 17, 4:27pm

Keep in mind that the roads are just about off limit for parking soon. Next weekend was my year anniversary that my buddy and I were caught in a winter snow storm that caught many hikers off guard....

In GEAR » What do you do?
October 17, 4:26pm

I have owned the Thrermawrap now for two years or so and love it. Great jacket period. I think the lowest temp. that I have used it in was around 32 degrees.

In GEAR » Thermawrap or Micropuff
October 16, 3:20pm

SMD Pack
Yep and I also agree that for a few ounces more you get a Mariposa. I think all pack should have hip pockets ala the ULA packs.

In GEAR » New SMD Pack
October 16, 11:50am

Bivy for Active Sleepers
I too have that problem. Don't know of any remedies though. Maybe try a Equinox bivy that sells for around $65.? That is what I have and in conjuntion with my tarp and ground cloth it is a nice lit...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bivys for Active Sleepers
October 16, 9:05am

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