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10 Epic Backpacking Trips to Take in the US

The United States has no shortage of fantastic backpacking routes in virtually every corner of the country. They include, of course, some of the best-known long-distance hiking trails in the world, including the Appalachian and Pacific Crest trails. In this roundup of some of the very best backpacking adventures in the country, we’re only including one of the formally designated National Scenic Trails and otherwise focus on shorter, but no less spellbindingly beautiful routes. Take it from us: A Mountain House meal tastes delicious amid the backcountry scenery of any of the following multi-day traverses! (1) The Presidential Traverse (New … Continue reading

Impress Your Campfire Buddies With Pieces of U.S. Mountain Trivia

It’s prime time for getting up in the high country, so here at the Mountain House blog, we thought we’d compile some miscellaneous mountain trivia for you to casually drop at your next slopeside campfire. We’ve plucked these factoids from a few sources, including this RootsRated roundup as well as the mountaineering websites Summitpost and Peaklist. Read on for some American mountain minutiae! The Five Highest Peaks in North America Here are the five most skyscraping peaks in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico: Denali, Alaska Range (Alaska, USA): 20,320′ Mount Logan, St. Elias Mountains (Yukon, CAN): 19,541′ Pico de Orizaba, … Continue reading

Practical Wedding Gift Ideas For Adventurous Couples

by JJ Barrows Newton I never thought I’d be writing a blog post for outdoor enthusiasts. Don’t get me wrong, I love the outdoors! I surf as often as possible, I hike and run, and living in Southern California I make it a point to stop and smell the rosemary everyday; it’s everywhere, so that’s what I call going for a walk: “going to smell the rosemary.” I love the outdoors … but I also like to shower and sleep in my own bed and flush the not-so-public toilet. So when it comes to camping, I’m more of a glamper, … Continue reading

8 Amazing (and Lesser-Known) Natural Wonders of the Lower 48 to Experience This Summer

Summer’s here, which means it’s high time for road-tripping, paddling, and backpacking your way around the natural wonders of the United States: from glaciered mountaintop to subtropical seashore. Here at Mountain House, we’re right there with you, supplying the awesome freeze-dried meals to go along with the wilderness scenery and adventure. To inspire some summertime trip-planning, we thought we’d round up some destinations worth adding to that itinerary of yours. Now, maybe you’ve got some of the truly famous natural landmarks of the U.S. on your to-do list this year: the Grand Canyon, the redwood coast, the Great Smoky Mountains, … Continue reading

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