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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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light tuff pack
ULA P-1 or for a little larger in size the P-2. I own both and I am in love with them.

In GEAR » Tough but light backpack?
April 28, 4:35pm

Tarptent all the way. Lightweight and plenty of room for two.

In GEAR » Europa 05, Tarptent, or SD Flashlight
March 19, 3:58pm

What everyone has said is true about the Sierras. The most you will ever get is a thuderstorm in the late afternoon and maybe the odd rain for a few hours. The Sierras are inclined to have their ow...

In GEAR » Polarshield lightweight or Dryskin extreme?
March 05, 7:52am

Bear Cannisters
Last July my wife and I were heading into Little Lakes Valley south of Mammoth in CA. We were stopped by a ranger and he asked me to produce my cannister as it was mandatory. I did and we were off ...

In GEAR » Bear Containers...
February 23, 6:15pm

Justin, from what I have experienced, if you do encounter a ranger, they might ask you for proof that you have a cannister. Mainly busy trailheads and certain areas that backpackers might congregat...

In GEAR » Bear Containers...
February 18, 4:07pm

packing system
Hey Ken not too far at all. I live in San Jose, CA which as you know is 2 hours from you. Lucky you that you don't have to suffer with getting out of the bay area on a friday night. lol.

In Gear Lists » My Gear List
February 12, 6:10pm

taste of food
gotta agree Mountain House does put out great meals. I even have a hiker buddy that swears that he would eat them for dinner at home.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Prepackaged vs Homemade
February 12, 2:31pm

Backpacker Magazine's Gear Guide '05
Ohhh boy, I just received the new Backpacker Magazine Gear Guide '05 in the mail today. Usually I would always await for this time of the year (just like my REI rewards check) and enjoy some relaxi...

In On the Web » Backpacker Magazine's Gear Guide '05
January 25, 8:29pm

Hey Steve I was in that storm in Emmigrant Wilderness and it snowed a couple of feet on me. My buddy used a tarp and I had a Henry Shires Tarptent Virga. It was a rough night but in between waking ...

In Gear Lists » Yosemite in April shelter
January 24, 7:21pm

gear list
Hey Ken, you're way ahead of the game already. Going from 29 down to 12 is pretty awesome. I started out with 50-60lbs and if I am out with my buddies, my base is 13lbs, and when I am with my wife ...

In Gear Lists » My Gear List
January 23, 7:22pm

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