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The United States established the world’s very first national park: Yellowstone, that geothermal and wildlife wonderland in the Middle Rockies, back in 1872. Today the National Park Service manages nearly 60 parks (in addition to a slew of national recreation areas, historic sites, and other units), which in 2016 saw nearly 331 million visitors: a record level. Within this grand system of public lands you’ll find some of the most sublime scenery and precious ecosystems in the country: from the boreal lakes of northern Minnesota to the redwood rainforest of the California coast, from the Brooks Range crests of Arctic … Continue reading

The Most Popular National Parks In the USA

The United States established the world’s very first national park: Yellowstone, that geothermal and wildlife wonderland in the Middle Rockies, back in 1872. Today the National Park Service manages nearly 60 parks (in addition to a slew of national recreation areas, historic sites, and other units), which in 2016 saw nearly 331 million visitors: a record level. Within this grand system of public lands you’ll find some of the most sublime scenery and precious ecosystems in the country: from the boreal lakes of northern Minnesota to the redwood rainforest of the California coast, from the Brooks Range crests of Arctic … Continue reading

Top Mountain Climbs in America

From storm-walloped Mount Washington in the Presidential Range of the Northern Appalachians to the wild horns and crests of Alaska’s Brooks Range, from the granite heights of the Wind Rivers in Wyoming to the icy towers of the North Cascades, the United States comes magnificently endowed in the mountain department. In honor of our company name—and, more importantly, in honor of the fact that Mountain House meals have fueled countless adventurers the world over as they summit epic peaks—we thought we’d spotlight some of the very best mountains to climb in the USA. This isn’t an exhaustive roundup by any … Continue reading

Bear Country 101

For more than a few hikers and campers in Canada and the USA, there’s no greater fear than an encounter with a bear. Bears are the classic bogeymen of the North American wilds: the go-to explanation for any thump in the night outside the tent or crash in the underbrush along the trail. The danger they pose, however, is vastly overrated, and every outdoorsperson should appreciate the ecological value and brawny spirit represented by these intelligent, resourceful beasts. Your average bear will normally go out of its way to avoid a run-in with a human being. Many bad bear/human encounters … Continue reading

The Principles of Leave-No-Trace

Entering the backcountry in the 21st century demands responsibility. Many postcard-perfect wilderness destinations in North America are at risk of being loved to death (or at least degradation); truly remote, pristine sites are all the more precious in the context of our never-so-great human footprint. Leave No Trace (LNT) is a philosophy every outdoorsperson should adopt. Naturally, human beings are going to leave some traces in the woods—when we’re out hunting or fishing, sure, but also simply backpacking. Comes with the territory—and totally natural. But the LNT idea about aiming for as light-handed and soft-footed a touch as we can: … Continue reading

Looking for Wildlife Signs in the Winter

All things considered, there’s no better time to observe wildlife—or at least evidence of wildlife—than winter. Sightlines expand through barren woods, distant animals stand out darkly against snowfields, and, of course, the white stuff abounds with the tracks and traces of all sorts of critters, large and small. We’d wager a lot of you who read the Mountain House blog are dedicated winter recreationists. If you’re getting out there cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or snowmobiling, here are some signs of wildlife to keep an eye peeled for! A Quick Intro to Snow Tracking The great thing about snow tracks is how … Continue reading

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