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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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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

snow in the sierras
You should be ok in August. There won't be too much snow at that time.

In Post-Trip Reports » Anyone in the sierras yet?
July 11, 6:54pm

mosquito nets
yeah i have and i have seen others with full suits on. i always feel like darth vader breathing through those things. they are good for keeping out mosquitos and little black flies that might fly i...

In Post-Trip Reports » Anyone in the sierras yet?
July 10, 1:53pm

1000 Island
hey Ron, do write one when you get back. My wife and I are doing a cross country taverse around 1000 Island Garnett and Ediza and I will be curious as to what the snow levels are like

In Post-Trip Reports » Anyone in the sierras yet?
July 10, 9:31am

litre conversion
the lazy way would be to type a search for the conversion. There are many sites that will do it for you. Just plug in the numbers and bingo.

In Editor's Roundtable » Small Packs for Ultralight Backpacking
July 09, 5:45am

Gardiner Pass, Seki
Planning on going over Gardiner Pass then through Gardiner Basin and over to Sixty Lakes Col to Rae Lakes. Has anyone done this hike before? I am going in late July if that helps.

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Gardiner Pass, Seki
July 07, 5:56pm

Packlite Foods?
Has anyone tried their food? Considering buying some of their stuff for an upcoming trip.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Packlite Foods?
July 07, 5:54pm

Umm pleasssseeee. I would love one to Carol. Thanks in advance. Ken

In GEAR » Excel Gear Spreadsheet
July 07, 4:26pm

water treatment
You see that is what is great about using Aqua Mira and something to cover the moouthof the Platypus or other bladders. A cheese cloth or the "sock" takes out the particles (almost a pre-filter?) t...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Chemicals, Filters, or Neither!
July 01, 9:22am

DVD Camera
I too just purchased a DVD camera and was thinking about taking it on my trips with me. Battery and film life has me a little nervous but it could be a real cool little toy to take. heck when your ...

In Photography » Anyone hauling a dv camcorder?
June 30, 4:31pm

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