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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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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

bags
you should seriously check out Western Mountaineering bags. 900 fill power and great weight savings and of course they compress well.

In GEAR » Stuffing a Sack
September 22, 5:03pm

stuffing a bag
just stuff it in.

In GEAR » Stuffing a Sack
September 22, 3:17pm

Smart Bear
Relocation, then if he/she comes back possibley euthanized. I heard that the lip was not being threaded properly and thus the cannister was free to open. I too have done that and now make sure that...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bear Boxes in The Sierra's
September 21, 6:10pm

solo
Vick I agree. Won't know til I try. Which I will do once my next two trips are completed in the next month. Thanks all for such great insight, I appreciate it!!!

In Philosophy & Technique » Hiking Alone
September 20, 3:25pm

sleeping bags
Benjamin hit it on the nose. No need to add more to this.

In GEAR » Confused on sleeping bags ratings and weight
September 19, 10:07pm

solo
thanks for the reply Vick. Makes a lot of sense. I have the luxury of having a Big Basin State Park within an hours drive for me so I think that will be my first test. I have been doing the lightwe...

In Philosophy & Technique » Hiking Alone
September 19, 5:15pm

Sequoia
Sacramento has 3 REI stores in the city. I am not sure where you are from but these are mega-gear stores that sale and rent gear. Unfortunately there are none in Fresno. Since I am not from this ar...

In Post-Trip Reports » going to see Sequoia's - anyone?
September 18, 1:20pm

Sequoia
Umm there should be bus routes to Fresno from Sac. If you are flying into Sacramento, why not rent a car? Sac. to Fresno I think is a 1 1/2 hr drive. There might be some lodging once you enter the ...

In Post-Trip Reports » going to see Sequoia's - anyone?
September 18, 12:26pm

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