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Live in New England or plan on visiting soon? Here are 5 volunteer opportunities to help keep trails in tip-top shape! Hiking trails don’t maintain themselves. Whether you’re a backpacker who has traversed the trails of New England, an avid hiker, or someone who’s just plain passionate about the outdoors, volunteering with one of these organizations is a great way to give back to the places you love, and to make sure trails are in good shape for others to enjoy. New England Forestry Foundation The New England Forestry Foundation uses Forest Stewards to protect and maintain trails weaving through … Continue reading

Help Maintain New England Hiking Trails

Live in New England or plan on visiting soon? Here are 5 volunteer opportunities to help keep trails in tip-top shape! Hiking trails don’t maintain themselves. Whether you’re a backpacker who has traversed the trails of New England, an avid hiker, or someone who’s just plain passionate about the outdoors, volunteering with one of these organizations is a great way to give back to the places you love, and to make sure trails are in good shape for others to enjoy. New England Forestry Foundation The New England Forestry Foundation uses Forest Stewards to protect and maintain trails weaving through … Continue reading

Hiking for Beginners

Hiking is a pastime open to people of all walks of life: young and old, athlete-level fit and…err, not so much. Requiring no special training, skills, or fancy equipment, it’s a downright democratic pursuit that serves up enjoyment, scenery, exercise, and mental stimulation all in one deeply satisfying package. If you’re considering dipping your toes into the perambulatory waters, we say—DO IT! Hiking connects you to your primal roots and to the natural world, provides a hearty physical workout, and sharpens your senses and cognition alike. It’s also a wonderful bonding activity and social outlet among family and friends, and … Continue reading

Let’s Celebrate Something We All Share: Our Public Lands!

If you’ve been in the U.S. for more than a few days, chances are you’ve enjoyed spending time in some type of public land — a beach, campground, lake, monument, wildlife refuge, forest, grassland, marine sanctuary or any local, state or national park. It would be almost impossible not to step foot in public land, given that 30 percent of America’s land is public land. Here’s the “Catch 22” — we get to enjoy these public lands — but our public lands don’t always enjoy us when they are overused, littered, neglected or impacted by other issues such as invasive … Continue reading

The 10 Best Hiking Trails in the U.S.

Here at Mountain House, we contend (and we have a feeling our blog readers will agree) that some of the very best the United States has to offer can only be appreciated on foot, away from roads and cities amid the country’s sweeping wilderness landscapes. Here we’ve pulled together our roundup of the best hiking trails in the U.S.—that is, our roundup for today, because if you ask us tomorrow we may well be swapping in other equally praiseworthy routes. When it comes to top-grade trails, a Top Ten list seems woefully inadequate—but like our loyal Mountain House-scarfing wilderness warriors, … Continue reading

Camping Checklist for Long Treks

Most people get into backpacking via quick overnighters and weekend getaways: short-but-sweet trips in easy-to-reach backcountry for testing the waters and learning the ropes. If you haven’t yet given backpacking a shot this way, here’s a big hearty round of encouragement to do so! This can be a lifelong source of adventure, exercise, camaraderie, and across-the-board pleasure. But let’s say you have a few one- or two-night backpacking forays under your belt, and are keen to try some longer outings. Well, we don’t blame you one bit, and the good news is you already have most everything you need. For … Continue reading

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