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How to Build A Campfire: Techniques, Safety & Etiquette

With summer camping season in full swing, many are relishing the age-old joys of the campfire. Some are perhaps relishing those joys a little more fully than others: After all, more than a few of us are, when it comes down to it, amateur fire-builders—maybe reaching for ye olde lighter fluid a bit too readily, or spending most of our time not enjoying the flames but rather just trying to keep the thing from going out. Many of the common problems with getting a campfire going—and keeping it going—have to do with the fire construction process. To mark this camping-heavy … Continue reading

5 Family-Friendly Peaks to Climb This Summer

Many a mountain summit demands technical skill and gear to surmount—but, then again, many don’t! There are a slew of great peaks in the U.S. that young kids (and hikers of all ages who don’t know their way around a Prusik hitch) can climb up, relishing the long views, the special atmosphere of the high country, and the sense of accomplishment. It doesn’t get much more exciting than kid-friendly hiking trails that include a little peak-bagging. Here are five examples of mountain climbs/hikes doable for many families. Keep in mind that the difficulty levels vary—not all of these are particularly … Continue reading

3 Things to Look For When Renting Your First Hunting Property

For a lot of people, hunting on public ground just isn’t the experience that it used to be. More premium sites are privately-owned, and to really get in some good hunts you often either need to rent or buy your own property. Buying is great, but if you’re looking into spending money for the first time or your budget is limited, leasing is probably a much likelier option. There are a lot of issues to consider when you’re leasing your first hunting property and each one after that. Our advice is always to think about what you want from your … Continue reading

Avoid These Five Mistakes Campers Make with Venomous Snakes

We all love spending time in the great outdoors, there is nothing so refreshing as taking a break from bustling city life to get back to nature. However, as with holidays, it is important to do some research on where you’re going, and who is going to be there! Snake species are not the most unfriendly local you may encounter on your holiday, but they can prove deadly if trifled with. There are five key mistakes people often make when campers encounter snakes, and five things to try to do instead. Tip #1 – Do your research! Most incidents happen … Continue reading

Choosing a Tent for Camping & Backpacking

For the majority of outdoorspeople, a tent is synonymous with camping. Tents can be absolutely critical shelters in cold weather or bad storms; they also more generally ramp up comfort as well as an all-around sense of security (much appreciated when that black bear comes nosing around your campsite). Given the vast array of sizes and styles—and the wide range in price—the prospect of buying a tent can appear intimidating, especially for beginner campers and backpackers. Today at the Mountain House blog we’re going to outline some of the fundamentals of how to choose a tent. This’ll be on the … Continue reading