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Mexican Blankets Can Be Quite Useful When Hiking!

Posted on: May 24th, 2013 by

I recently went camping / back-packing.  Now this was a small trip in comparison to some of my more ambitious ventures in my recent past.  Just a two day hike up into the San Gabriel Mountains here in Southern California.  Now even though it is 90+ degrees where we live, believe it or not it is actually still snowing up in the San Gabriel’s (yes, it does snow in Southern California).

So I stuffed your usually things into my trusty backpack.  I packed in my sleeping bag, inflatable cushion for sleeping, my food and water filtration essentials.  But this time I brought a specially little experiment along with me.  Just to see how it would fare.  That’s right ladies and gents, I brought Mexican blankets up into the snowy mountains of the SoCal.

Now you would not think that this type of material would do so well up in the mountains, and frankly neither did I.  However to my very amazement, I found it to be quite useful!  Not really as a blanket, but as so many other things.  I could not help but thinking of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy as I romped through forest with my now trustee Mexican blankets.  It was the equivalent of the Towel in those books.  I used it as a towel, as a napkin, I stuffed it into my sleeping bag cover and bunched it up to use it as a body pillow, when I got stressed I used it as a meditation cushion, and I even used it as a beany of sorts to keep me warm and wick away the sweat as we made our assent.

I have to say that the sheer versatility of this little blanket was marvelous and I will certainly be making them a permanent part of my mountain ensemble.


 



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