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A Guide to Cold Weather Paddling

This time of year, many kayakers are hanging up their paddles and life vests and resigning themselves to a hibernation season of trip-planning and wistful memories of on-the-water touring. The truth is the fall-through-early-spring stretch of the calendar can be a fabulous time to paddle, with full flows, ice-glazed scenery, and quieter waterways. A sturdy saying you’ll come across frequently on this subject (as in winter camping or rainy-season adventuring) is, “There’s no such thing as bad weather—only the wrong kind of gear.” If you’re protecting yourself from the cold and the elements, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy top-quality … Continue reading

A History of Military Rations

Troops in the field are hungry human beings, and if they aren’t provided with sustainable, nutrient-dense meals, they cannot operate at their peak in order to best serve the country. That said, historically-speaking, from WWI to Vietnam, US troops have served on paltry and unpalatable rations, which do little for satiating hunger and less for boosting morale. Military rations have significantly improved since the Vietnam era, as the Department of Defense stepped up to ensure troops are better fed in order to better serve. There are many different ration types, varying between countries and their respective militaries.  Garrison Rations Soldiers have been … 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 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 enjoyed by … Continue reading

Is Breakfast Really the Most Important Meal of the Day?

We’ve all heard it said: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. While many of us agree that breakfast is the most delicious meal of the day (pancakes and bacon for dinner, anyone?) we might not know the health and wellness benefits from eating a hearty morning meal. Breakfast in the States is unique and varied, from rich hollandaise-dripping eggs, Super Food smoothies, bacon-wrapped everything, and classics like biscuits and gravy (fresh or freeze dried!).  Americans tend to have strong opinions on breakfast, either “Nah, I’m more of a lunch person,” or “Heck yeah! Feed me, Seymour!” In cities … Continue reading

5 Essential Pieces of Gear for Off-Roading

Guest Contributor: Brooke Jackson Regardless of what activity gets you outside and adventuring, preparedness is essential. As a first time off-road experience, the Rebelle Rally taught me a lesson (or two, or three) about how to be self-sufficient when driving in the world of off-roading. Through these realizations, not only did I leave the event feeling capable of getting myself out of just about any situation my little Jeep could get into, I also gained a new perspective for just how far I can go if I have the right gear in my rig. With that said, there were a … Continue reading