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The unexpected can come a-knockin’ at any time: a bad storm, a grid breakdown, a flood- or fire- or other weather-triggered evacuation. Yet many of us are a bit blasé when it comes to prepping ourselves for such derailing emergencies, even as we take the responsible steps to pack backup and safety supplies on our hiking and camping trips. Or maybe you’re on top of disaster preparedness when it comes to your domestic space, but you haven’t really considered the possibility that the SHTF situation might occur when you’re away from home, at work or on your commute. That’s another … Continue reading

Prepping for Home, Work, and Auto

The unexpected can come a-knockin’ at any time: a bad storm, a grid breakdown, a flood- or fire- or other weather-triggered evacuation. Yet many of us are a bit blasé when it comes to prepping ourselves for such derailing emergencies, even as we take the responsible steps to pack backup and safety supplies on our hiking and camping trips. Or maybe you’re on top of disaster preparedness when it comes to your domestic space, but you haven’t really considered the possibility that the SHTF situation might occur when you’re away from home, at work or on your commute. That’s another … Continue reading

National Trail Mix Day

The last day of August celebrates one of the unassuming but absolutely staple backpacker snacks. The 31st is (drumroll, please)….National Trail Mix Day, so consider marking the occasion with a hike and a handful! Here at Mountain House we’re big fans of trail mix, which happens to make the perfect supporting act to our beloved freeze-dried meals. The happy hodgepodge of dried fruit, nuts, seeds, chocolate, granola, and what have you serves as the ideal snack (even a lunch) in between delish Mountain House feasts. Whether you buy it premade or assemble it yourself, trail mix checks off the right … Continue reading

Small Kitchen, Big Appetite

Sometimes our appetites are bigger than our cooking space. Have you ever tried prepping Thanksgiving dinner in an RV? It’s a small nightmare. But what’s a family to do if they’re living on the road over the holidays? Or what do you do if you’re hangry after a day of hunting, mountaineering, or crushing books for finals? Just because your food prep is limited by space, doesn’t mean your meals need to be limited in creativity and flavor. With a few staples on stand-by, and by planning ahead, you can kiss that cup ‘o’ noodle farewell, and say hello to … Continue reading

Keeping Your Footing On & Off the Trail

It’s surprisingly easy to take a tumble walking the pavement and floors of day-to-day life, let alone the uneven surfaces you’ll run into in the backcountry. Whether you primarily hike well-graded trails or your adventures include occasional cross-country travel, here are some miscellaneous tips for maintaining your footing: from techniques for negotiating different types of terrain to how to train for a hike in general. Support Aids for Hiking: How to Use Trekking Poles Bipedalism’s great and all, but more than a few hikers slogging up a tough set of switchbacks have envied the elk or bear its four sturdy … Continue reading

45 Quick and Unbelievably Tasty Camping Food Ideas

Much as we all love the wild vistas, the geological marvels, the hiking and swimming and paddling, a whole lot of the joy of camping centers on food, right? It’s a cliché that grub tastes better outdoors, but darn it it’s a fact, too. Just like back home, though, it’s easy to become bored with your campsite cuisine—or, if you’re new to roughing it, hard to know what to make in the first place. Well, that’s where we come into the picture here at Mountain House. First off, of course, our freeze-dried meals make scrumptious entrees requiring no more prep … Continue reading