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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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trowel
i actually own the montbell trowel and it does a wonderful job digging cat holes. sometimes the dirt is so hard in the sierras that it is hard to dig and this tool does the job. it is small and lig...

In Make Your Own Gear » Super Light Weight - Make Your Own for an AT Thru-Hike
July 30, 4:09pm

how do you ul
inflatable pillow for me too. weighs in at 4 oz. i have had it for three years now and it it starting to leak!!!

In Gear Lists » How do you UL ?
July 28, 1:40pm

Columbia Ultra Light Trail Master
The tag that I have says that it is 25 oz. Know you have me curious. I have it loaded with 4 days worth of food and gear. I am going to take everything out and weigh it. I will post the results thi...

In GEAR » Columbia Ultra Light Trail Master
July 20, 4:22pm

horse packers
generally i have had negative experiences with horse packers and their clients. keep in mind that for some people this is there only way to gain access to the wilderness due to physical limitations...

In Chaff » Do you hate horses too?
July 19, 10:03pm

Columbia Ultra Light Trail Master
Has anyone seen this pack? 3000 ci. and made out of sil nylon. The bottom is reinforced with I think cordura to toughen it up a bit. It has two generous side pockets to stuff bottles, etc. Two zip ...

In GEAR » Columbia Ultra Light Trail Master
July 19, 2:44pm

knees
trekking poles make a HUGE diference. Have done hikes with and without and I always feel soooo much better when I use trekking poles on downhill and uphill. Also the type of terrain that you are hi...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Newcomer with Knee aches.....
July 18, 6:46pm

sierras
thanks for the update Ron.

In Post-Trip Reports » Anyone in the sierras yet?
July 15, 12:47pm

super light weight
Bill cats are great I have 3. they're always getting into my down bag whenever i am "airing" it out. your gear looks great. congrats on the water proofness

In Make Your Own Gear » Super Light Weight - Make Your Own for an AT Thru-Hike
July 12, 5:58pm

supper lightweight
great detail on your products. I am very impressed.

In Make Your Own Gear » Super Light Weight - Make Your Own for an AT Thru-Hike
July 12, 4:12pm

super light weight
the cat was a nice touch. they gotta always get into everything!!! nice poncho/tarp. I am jealous!!

In Make Your Own Gear » Super Light Weight - Make Your Own for an AT Thru-Hike
July 12, 3:15pm

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