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Maybe you’ve spent the winter regularly hitting the ski slopes, cross-country trails, or snowshoe loops; maybe you’ve even been summiting some iced-over mountaintops. If so, you’re likely well primed for the upcoming summer-through-fall peak hiking and backpacking season. Perhaps, though—like oh so many of us—you haven’t been out playing in the snow quite as much as you would have liked, and challenging winter weather has mostly seen you just daydreaming about great hikes you want to tackle in a few months (and top off with our tasty backpacking food!). Perhaps you haven’t been hitting up the gym very often—or at … Continue reading

Getting in Shape for Hiking Season

Maybe you’ve spent the winter regularly hitting the ski slopes, cross-country trails, or snowshoe loops; maybe you’ve even been summiting some iced-over mountaintops. If so, you’re likely well primed for the upcoming summer-through-fall peak hiking and backpacking season. Perhaps, though—like oh so many of us—you haven’t been out playing in the snow quite as much as you would have liked, and challenging winter weather has mostly seen you just daydreaming about great hikes you want to tackle in a few months (and top off with our tasty backpacking food!). Perhaps you haven’t been hitting up the gym very often—or at … Continue reading

A History of Modern Backpacking

Today we’re turning the Mountain House blog into a history classroom, but don’t worry, it’s a topic we don’t think is going to provoke any glazing-over of the eyes. Our focus — certainly near and dear to our hearts — is the backstory of backpacking. Now, on one level backpacking is as old as our species: Humans have been toting the gear they need to survive (not to mention babies) on foot for a staggeringly long time. (We also came to muster dogs, horses, cattle, and other beasts of burden into the task of hauling equipment and supplies, of course.) … Continue reading

Six of the Most Useful Outdoor & Survival Knots You Should Know

Knot-tying is one of those skills that never go out of fashion—especially for outdoorspeople, but really for anyone who wants to become more resourceful on the off-chance they find themselves in dire straits. If your experience in the art up till now has been restricted to tying shoelaces and the occasional in-a-pinch overhand knot, knots can seem a difficult, even esoteric challenge. But while there are many kinds of knots better- or worse-suited for all sorts of situations, you actually can get by fine for most everyday applications learning just a handful. The following are some of the basic, tried-and-true … Continue reading

The Best Mountain Lakes in the USA

It probably comes as no surprise to you, given our brand name and our backpacking-ready products, to learn that we here at Mountain House are big fans of mountain lakes. And we’re going to go out on a limb and assume that you Mountain House blog readers are, too. Though the first snows may be piling up in the heights this time of year, there’s no reason why we can’t start dreaming of blissful backcountry lakes to escape to next summer, right? Here we’ve compiled a list of some of the best lakes in North America’s high country: from sprawling … Continue reading

Effects of Altitude on Water Boiling Time

The siren song of the mountains calls loud and clear to most backpackers, which means we’re often camping well above sea level. Besides impacting our own physiology, altitude has an influence on how long it takes to boil water—and, therefore, how long it takes to prepare uncooked food. For many of you, the following will be a no-brainer rehash, but a goodly number of people still get (understandably) confused about the relationship between boiling point, cooking time, and altitude, so we thought we’d run through a quick and basic primer on the subject. Whether you’re going ski-touring in the near … Continue reading

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