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The Mountain House 2019 Gift Guide: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

We say it every year around this time: Instead of stuff for the sake of stuff, let’s focus on gifts that matter more. This year we’ve pulled together some of our team’s top gift picks that do more, with less! These gift ideas are ways to reduce waste, reuse quality gear, and recycle to give new life to old materials. REDUCE HIPCAMP GIFT CARD – Have you heard of HipCamp yet? It’s a peer to peer model, like Airbnb or GoCamp, but instead of homes or camper vans, HipCamp is for campsites on private land. A gift card to HipCamp … Continue reading

Mountain House Spotlight: Honoring Our Veterans

Here at Mountain House, we’re proud to join the rest of the country in the observance of Veterans Day. We welcome the special attention the holiday draws to active and former members of our armed services, but of course we believe honoring these men and women (and the families who support them) is truly a 365-days-a-year affair. Our parent company, OFD (formerly Oregon Freeze Dry), partly got started supplying military MRE freeze-dried food to troops during the Vietnam War. Our roots with the U.S. military therefore run deep, and we’re proud to say that Mountain House meals continue to be … Continue reading

Hunting Season Safety

Fall means crunchy leaves underfoot, crisp sunny days, snow dustings on the mountain ridges, waterfowl on the high-flying wing – and, of course, hunting season. It’s an exciting time of year for those looking to stock up on some venison or elk backstrap; it’s also when a lot of hikers get out into the woods and mountains to take advantage of the often-perfect weather and ambience. Both hunters and non-hunters have a responsibility to practice safe hunting season etiquette to avoid tragic accidents. In this blog post, we’ll run through some of the basics, and also point you to solid … Continue reading

7 Great Off-Roading Trails & Trail Systems in the Lower 48

If your preferred way of enjoying Mountain House is on an off-roading adventure in your trusty 4WD, quad, or Side-by-Side, here’s a look at some of the best trails in the U.S.: from the Appalachian highlands and the Florida pinewoods to the plateaus of central Utah and the granite backcountry of the Sierra Nevada. If you haven’t hit up some (or any) of these topnotch routes, grab that bucket list and get the inspirational juices flowing! Listed in no particular order, the following includes both specific routes and entire trail networks. (1) Poison Spider Mesa—Utah The redrock country around Moab, … Continue reading

Best Destinations for Fall Colors

Now’s the time of year to unleash your inner “leaf-peeper!” With the growing season giving way to autumnal wind-down, deciduous trees and shrubs are easing off photosynthesis and therefore production of grandly green chlorophyll, and showing off the crimsons, goldens, purples, burgundies, and browns of other pigments before shedding their leaves and settling in for the long barren haul of winter. The perfect combination of botanical diversity, latitude, and climatic factors gives the northeastern United States and adjoining Canada perhaps the world’s most celebrated fall colors, but America’s got no shortage of other leaf-peeping hotspots: from the North Woods of … Continue reading

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