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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

Refreshing Your Storm Safety Savvy

As spring rolls into summer, we’re right in the thick of the prime season for severe weather here in North America. That’s not to diminish the challenges posed by ferocious winter storms and cold snaps, by any means. The combination of thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes in the spring-through-fall window, however, translates to the most all-around violent skies we deal with in an average year. So we figured it was worth running through the basics of preparing for and enduring this kind of potentially destructive and dangerous warm-season weather. Read on for some storm safety tips! General Tips for Preparing for … Continue reading

How to Fit Emergency Planning Into Everyday Life

Few of us would deny the importance of planning for natural disasters, power outages, and other external emergencies that can completely derail (and threaten) our lives. But let’s be honest: easier said than done, right? It can seem downright daunting to take the necessary steps to prepare, for one thing, and uncomfortable to think about such scary stuff, to boot.  Furthermore, it’s too often the case that we’re only reminded of how useful it is to prepare for disasters when disaster actually strikes—too late, in many respects. So in today’s post, we thought we’d run through a few basic ideas … Continue reading

5 Common Wilderness Survival Scenarios

All things considered, the backcountry isn’t as dangerous as many people think: as is often said, the drive to the trailhead might be the riskiest part of a typical hike. Prepare thoughtfully, come properly equipped, and keep a clear head, and you’ll usually be just fine out there. That said, sometimes things don’t go so smoothly, and you find yourself in a potentially dicey situation. Today at the Mountain House blog we’re going to look at five wilderness survival scenarios and how to act in them. For several of these, we’re summarizing topics we’ve delved into more deeply on our … Continue reading

Map & Compass Basics for Navigation – Part 2

In Part 1 of our two-part blog series on “How to Use a Map & Compass,” we covered the design and symbology of topographic maps and the basics of map reading and land navigation. In Part 2, we’ll introduce the essential outdoors tool of the baseplate compass, and talk about using it on its own and how to navigate with a map and compass together. The Compass A magnetized needle suspended in a fluid-filled housing that aligns with the magnetic field of Planet Earth: that’s the marvelously simple fundamental design of the compass. Every outdoorsperson should own a good-quality compass … Continue reading

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