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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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sierras and the wonderful snowpack
been down around 5-6000 ft. but not higher. From what I hear, the snow level is at around 7-7500 ft. Hwy 120 is opening this Friday for those of you interested. I have a trip in Gardiner Basin/60 L...

In Post-Trip Reports » Anyone in the sierras yet?
June 22, 3:17pm

dogs and wilderness
dunno if that is a good idea. Love dogs but the comments by the previous poster can sum it up when your dog is hard to control. nothing worse than losing your dog. I do feel a tad threatened someti...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Have dog, will hike
June 22, 3:14pm

Aqua Mira Sock
I have used the sock in conjunction with a platypus and after gathering my water I check for floaties and found none. my wife has always been one to filter water and even she was amazed at how clea...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Chemicals, Filters, or Neither!
June 21, 4:21pm

chemicals filter or not
Thanks Alan, I did mean sock.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Chemicals, Filters, or Neither!
June 21, 1:47pm

filter or not
Umm I use an in line filter (Seychelle) with Aqua Mira for my drink on the go in my Platypus. For around camp, I just use my Aqua Mira in the small bottles that BMW sells. This can last a week and ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Chemicals, Filters, or Neither!
June 20, 5:40pm

Re: Cleaning Out My Gear Closet
would your sil cover fit a ULA P-1 Large? If so you have a taker. Ken Helwig

In Gear Swap » Cleaning Out My Gear Closet
June 19, 5:24pm

I have used my Bearvault for one weekend so far and it was a complete sucess. For weekend trips in which you have to use a cannister this is perfect. Smaller in size (real important) and less weigh...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bear canisters in the backcountry
June 09, 5:14pm

Bearvault weekender
Just checked on the weight of the Bearvault Weekender and it weighs in at 30oz.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bear canisters in the backcountry
June 09, 5:10pm

ummm who cares if Go Lite "dicks" Ray. As for not getting the correct postage... that is not right. They're not advertising what they promise. Send in that email. Not cool by them!

In GEAR » Tarp and Sky Island Outfitter Can Stove
June 08, 7:56pm

Bear Cans
Great reply there Mark! You should check out that new Barvault cannister though. Pretty nice.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bear canisters in the backcountry
June 08, 7:54pm

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