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An Intro To Winter Camping

WINTER CAMPING – THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR! The temperature has dropped and snow has begun to fall across the country. With summer adventures in the rearview mirror, camping gear is rolled up and tucked away, waiting for warmer weather when camping season begins anew. But wait! There is no camping season! You can go camping ALL YEAR LONG. The trick of course, is to know before you go. Sir Edmund Hillary may have summited Everest without Smartwool or Gore-Tex, but that doesn’t mean that modern-day adventure-seekers need to compromise comfort for less ambitious expeditions. Advancements in gear … Continue reading

Mountain House Holiday Gift Picks

Another holiday gift guide??? Absolutely. And for two very good reasons: 1) We love good gear. 2) You probably do, too. So we asked our team of employees and Ambassadors to share with us their #1 gift ideas — and just to make sure we didn’t get a list of Land Rovers and exotic vacations, we asked everyone to keep it to $100 or less. OnX Elite Membership “OnX is a mapping service that overlays on a GPS or your Smartphone maps. it indicates what is Public land and what is private land. It is essential to knowing exactly where … Continue reading

Popular YouTuber Eats 37-Year-Old Mountain House Meal

Sure, the Internet has its fair share of trolls, misinformation, and all-out horrors, but let’s remember there are some treasures out there in cyberspace as well – and we’re not merely referring to this here Mountain House blog! A definite online treasure is the YouTube channel of one Steve1989MREInfo, whose videos document his meticulous exploration of – and gastronomic experimentation with – vintage Meal, Ready-to-Eat (MRE), Long Range Patrol (LRP), and other field rations. “I’ll eat just about anything!” Steve1989 notes in his YouTube bio, with the all-important caveat: “Provided it passes a reasonable visual/smell/taste test.” Some of the rations … Continue reading

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