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Proper food safety protocol in bear country protects you, other people, and the bear. This blog includes best practices for safety, storage, and meal prep. Continue reading

Designing a Camping Meal Plan & List For a Quick Weekend Trip

Admit it: Your life revolves around food. Everybody’s does, technically, right? Meals give structure to our day and inject a whole lot of pleasure into it to boot. Food’s all the more central to the camping experience. Appetites seem to enlarge in the woods, even if you’re not burning through the calories backpacking. Maybe it’s partly because, as everybody knows, stuff does just taste better outdoors. If all you’ve got time for is a quick weekend camping getaway, you may be tempted to skimp on the meal-planning and just improvise your menu at the last minute. Ultimately, though, that’s not … Continue reading

4 Freeze-Dried Camping Food Concoctions

The art of freeze-drying food started long ago by a random act of mother nature. The Ancient Incas, living at high altitude in Peru, kept their crops in locations where the food would freeze, and the low air pressure vaporized any water within it. During World War 2 there was a need for food and medical supplies that were durable and shelf stable, to send to troops overseas. It was from this need that modern freeze-drying was born. Today, we enjoy the benefits of that freeze-dry know-how with tasty, long lasting freeze-dried meals that are reliably delicious at the campground, … Continue reading

Backpacking in America’s National Parks

You can have an amazing time in the extraordinary national parks of the United States without setting foot on a hiking trail, let alone spending a night (or seven) in the backcountry. But there’s no question that these expressions of “America’s best idea” offer some of the very finest backpacking opportunities anywhere. Backpacking may be your only choice to truly explore large portions of big, remote parks. It can also allow you to shed the crowds in some of the most popular ones, such as Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Great Smoky Mountains, and discover solitude and deep quiet. And backpacking can … 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

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