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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

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

7 Great Off-Roading Trails & Trail Systems in the Lower 48

If your preferred way of enjoying Mountain House is on an off-roading adventure in your trusty 4WD, quad, or Side-by-Side, here’s a look at some of the best trails in the U.S.: from the Appalachian highlands and the Florida pinewoods to the plateaus of central Utah and the granite backcountry of the Sierra Nevada. If you haven’t hit up some (or any) of these topnotch routes, grab that bucket list and get the inspirational juices flowing! Listed in no particular order, the following includes both specific routes and entire trail networks. (1) Poison Spider Mesa—Utah The redrock country around Moab, … 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

Finding Water on the Trail

Staying hydrated is just about your first priority on any wilderness trek. You can go weeks without food, but mere days without water, and even a moderately dehydrated person may get sufficiently fogged-up in the cognition department to make poor, even dangerous choices. On day hikes and overnighters, you can often get by toting all the water you need from home. But that’s not feasible for backpackers on multi-night treks, who’ll need to find and treat natural water sources along their way. Really, though, everybody – including day hikers – should have some idea of how to find water on … Continue reading

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