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Effects of Altitude on Water Boiling Time

The siren song of the mountains calls loud and clear to most backpackers, which means we’re often camping well above sea level. Besides impacting our own physiology, altitude has an influence on how long it takes to boil water—and, therefore, how long it takes to prepare uncooked food. For many of you, the following will be a no-brainer rehash, but a goodly number of people still get (understandably) confused about the relationship between boiling point, cooking time, and altitude, so we thought we’d run through a quick and basic primer on the subject. Whether you’re going ski-touring in the near … Continue reading

Tips for Surviving in a Snow Storm

Winter weather can be lovely: There’s not much prettier than big, feathered snowflakes lazily falling in a frosted forest. But it can also be ferocious. Enter: the snow storm.  Whether you’re into winter sports and recreation or simply hunkering down for the season at the old domicile, preparation for winter weather is vital. Here we’ll run down some of the basics of winter storm survival: at home, in the car, and out-and-about in the backwoods or mountains. Winter Storm 101: Hazards & Terminology Whether you’re headed out into the wintry woods on snowshoes or skis, or you’re packing the car … Continue reading

Winter Camping Basics

When the first subfreezing night temperatures hit and the first real snowflakes start falling, some outdoorspeople hang up their packs and camping gear for the year and settle in for a winter of trip-planning for the following summer, maybe with some skiing or snowshoeing thrown in as daytrip adventures. But as many of our Mountain House readers know from experience, winter camping can be amazing: quiet and solitude abound, the snow-draped scenery can be transcendent, and you can justify an extra cup or two of hot cocoa around the campfire. Newbies often find the idea of winter camping intimidating, but … Continue reading

A-Frame Cabins Are A Winter Camping Dream-Come-True

Winter camping can be, well, cold. And if done for the sake of camping alone, can leave you wondering why on earth you decided sleeping in a tent was ever a good idea, especially when the mercury drains below the 32-degree mark. Thankfully, winter camping can be done warmer and cozier by renting an A-frame cabin, a base camp for winter camping adventures, or just a place to snug up with a good book and a warm beverage. Most A-frames include a fireplace, and enough kitchen essentials for cooking hearty one-pot meals, or boiling water for a quick freeze-dried meals … Continue reading