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There aren’t many sinking feelings quite like the gradual realization that you’re lost in the wilderness. Actually, you don’t need big backcountry to get turned around—not by a long shot. People get lost within a few hundred yards of roads, visitor centers, campgrounds: It happens all the time. It’s not a pleasant sensation for most people, disorientation, and the all-too-common response is to start panicking. Needless to say, panic—natural as it is—isn’t a super-useful state when you don’t know where you are. Clear Headedness and calm will serve you much better, and to cultivate that kind of cool when you’re … Continue reading

What to Do If You’re Lost in the Backcountry

There aren’t many sinking feelings quite like the gradual realization that you’re lost in the wilderness. Actually, you don’t need big backcountry to get turned around—not by a long shot. People get lost within a few hundred yards of roads, visitor centers, campgrounds: It happens all the time. It’s not a pleasant sensation for most people, disorientation, and the all-too-common response is to start panicking. Needless to say, panic—natural as it is—isn’t a super-useful state when you don’t know where you are. Clear Headedness and calm will serve you much better, and to cultivate that kind of cool when you’re … Continue reading

Prepping for Severe Weather Around the Country

Prepping for Severe Weather Around the Country The United States is home to some of the most violent weather in the world, and the potential for heavy-duty atmospheric upheaval exists year-round: from lightning-spitting thunderstorms to bellowing blizzards. In this blogpost, we’ll cover the basics of how to prepare for severe weather and also the main sorts that the country experiences. Preparing for Severe Weather Pay close attention to weather forecasts, and key into any advisories, watches, warnings, and alerts. The National Weather Service can send out Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) to mobile devices in the event severe conditions are expected … Continue reading

Avalanche Safety

For winter outdoor recreationists in the mountains, there’s no more fearsomely violent natural hazard than the avalanche. Too many of those skiers, snowshoers, climbers, and snowmobilers underestimate the risk and/or lack basic knowledge of avalanche behavior and avalanche safety. Others at least recognize the threat avalanches pose but don’t always actually take the time to study the forecast, test the snowpack, or practice their rescue techniques. There’s no substitute for taking an avalanche-safety course, which we heartily recommend to anyone who regularly adventures out in the winter backcountry, but for starters check out this blogpost: serving up a walk-through of … Continue reading

How to Boil Water When the Power is Out

It goes without saying that the ability to boil water ranks right up there among both at-home and backcountry necessities, whether you’re looking to cook a meal, prep the (all-important) morning coffee or tea, or purify water for drinking. An electric stove or coffeemaker sure makes the process easy, but what do you do when the power’s out, or when you’re deep in the wilderness? To many folks, the answer may seem obvious. But we actually get asked this fairly often, “What about if the power is out at home?” Well, whether it’s a weekend backpacking trip or a genuine … Continue reading

Preparing for the Unexpected

That old Boy Scouts motto—you know the one: “be prepared”—really holds up, both at home and out in the backcountry. If you’ve paid any attention to the recent headlines even just here in the Americas, the value of that saying has probably been driven home … and then some. We’ve talked here at the Mountain House blog before about prepping at home for storms, power outages, and other emergencies. Today, we’ll focus on being prepared when you’re hiking, backpacking, camping, or engaged in other outdoor recreation. And because one of the preeminent expressions of the unexpected that an outdoorsperson has to … Continue reading