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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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Hiking Alone
As the older I get, the less friends that I have to backpack with. There are still many areas that I really would love to visit in the Sierras but without partners it is kind of tough. This year 3 ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Hiking Alone
September 13, 4:21pm

self defense
I too have hiked in that paticular portion of the Na Pali trail. It is also true that there are many types along the trail and beaches that are what you would not encounter in other wilderness area...

In Chaff » Opinions on self defense. Threatened by hippie with machete
September 13, 3:51pm

Bis Sky Tents
No I missed that. I saw that they were nominated for a litetude award though. I will check out the review. Thanks for the heads up!!

In GEAR » Big Sky International Tents
September 11, 9:47am

Big Sky International Tents
The problem, my wife won't use a tarp and bivy combo. She likes tents and we own a Go Lite Trig 2. She likes it but feels more comfortable in a tent. I came across the Big Sky International tents a...

In GEAR » Big Sky International Tents
September 10, 10:32am

Dude, please chill.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Heads up!!-- look at this video!!!!
September 10, 10:27am

sounds like it might be defective. Bummer. Again I have used mine now for a year and it is a great addition to my pack. don't give up. Maybe exchange it?

In GEAR » Seychelle filter question
September 03, 6:27pm

ahh you're right John. I said "inlet" when I should have said "outlet"

In GEAR » Seychelle filter question
September 03, 10:01am

which jacket
I have the Marmot Essence and love it. The only draw back would be no pockets for my hands, but other than that it is a good rain jacket. I have used it all summer so far and I went through one rai...

In GEAR » Which Rain Jacket
September 03, 7:08am

I do remember mine blowing off the faucet. I did have a "bear" of a time for a small period of time. You just have to hold it real tight and have some good water pressure and that should work Steve...

In GEAR » Seychelle filter question
September 03, 7:06am

Steve are you inserting the right end into the inlet? May sound like a dumb question, but I am trying to help. Sounds like you're doing everything right. I did not have that trouble when I did mine...

In GEAR » Seychelle filter question
September 02, 6:08pm

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