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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

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

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

Camping During the Coronavirus Pandemic

It’s been a challenging and confusing time for outdoorspeople, these past few months. Well, of course, it’s been a challenging and confusing—and downright scary—time for everybody, and we’ll take this opportunity at the outset to thank all of the healthcare workers, grocery/market employees, and other personnel who’ve truly been on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s a very big thank-you from all of us here at Mountain House! Currently many of the public lands and other outdoor destinations that were partly or completely closed, or otherwise specially regulated, when the pandemic hit are reopening to one degree or another. … Continue reading

Fun Social Distance Camping Games for Kids & Adults

Whether you’re doing it close to home during ongoing pandemic-related travel restrictions, or eventually farther afield if those restrictions are loosened, camping can be a great way to shake the COVID-19 blues (that is, of course, so long as you’re abiding by all health guidelines and outdoor-recreation rules issued by authorities). For the time being, social distancing is still the name of the game for protecting yourself and others from the coronavirus. So today at the Mountain House blog we thought we’d pull together some ideas for fun camping games that, if need be, can be enjoyed in responsible, spaced-out … Continue reading

Camping at Home: Indoors or In Your Backyard

For many of us outdoor lovers, the stay-at-home lifestyle we’re following under the COVID-19 pandemic has us sorely missing favorite campgrounds and backcountry hangouts. As we all hunker down in the name of public health, we can still get our camping fix on if we treat the old domicile as our tenting-out playground. Here are some basic indoor and backyard camping ideas: useful for these strange lockdown times of ours, for sure, but also any situation when you don’t have the ability to get away to your go-to getaway in the great outdoors! Turns out camping in your backyard (or … Continue reading

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