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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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wife and hiking
Hi, I hope that I did not sound sexist. I was just trying to point out that my wife does not share in my enthusiasm or the need to hike the way that I want to. I think that the original poster was ...

In Chaff » Wife in the backcountry
October 04, 3:28pm

wife in the backcountry
same problem. Most of the trips that I want to do are not up to her level. She like low mileage days. 2-3 days and not much in elevation gain. Most of my friends have started families so all of my ...

In Chaff » Wife in the backcountry
October 03, 5:54pm

packs with stays
Yeah I heard that too. It will be interesting to see what comes about from this. One or actually two packs with stays would also be Six Moon Designs. Both packs with stays and weigh in at 32 oz...

In GEAR » Packs with stays
October 02, 6:47pm

pack with stays
Bear cannister in Hoover would be a bummer, but I can understand it with the close proximity that Hoover has with Yosemite. I wonder if Emmigrant will follow sutie too. Oh Kevin, after reading y...

In GEAR » Packs with stays
October 02, 5:58pm

Virtual Frame for pack
Timothy, I use mine folded against my back for my ULA P1 and Mariposa. Works great. I too suffer from back pain and ever since I switched to an air pad I have slept much more comfortably in the bac...

In GEAR » BA Insulated Air Core as Virtual Frame?
October 02, 4:16pm

Packs with stays
Todd, I suspect that most of the users on this site don't backpack in areas that cannisters are required (that is just a quess), thus the lower base weights. As for me, Yosemite and SEKI are my sto...

In GEAR » Packs with stays
October 02, 4:03pm

Packs with stays
Have all three that you listed and all are fantastic packs for different useage. I use my P2 as my snowshoe/cross country skiing pack, the P1 for trips that require some space in the pack, and my M...

In GEAR » Packs with stays
October 02, 3:56pm

Rainbow
Hmmmmm that looks awfully nice. Keep it up Henry!!!!!!

In GEAR » Henry Shires upcoming shelters
September 29, 6:36pm

How Do You UL
David, I too have thought about purchasing the cot too. I have tought about the weight trade off as well as the price of possibly getting a good nights sleep. I too don't sleep well in the backcoun...

In Gear Lists » How do you UL ?
September 29, 6:33pm

Bear Boxes
Todd, thanks for the heads up. That sounds like a great idea, and I will give that a shot during my next SEKI trip.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bear Boxes in The Sierra's
September 28, 5:41pm

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