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Hunting Season Safety

Fall means crunchy leaves underfoot, crisp sunny days, snow dustings on the mountain ridges, waterfowl on the high-flying wing – and, of course, hunting season. It’s an exciting time of year for those looking to stock up on some venison or elk backstrap; it’s also when a lot of hikers get out into the woods and mountains to take advantage of the often-perfect weather and ambience. Both hunters and non-hunters have a responsibility to practice safe hunting season etiquette to avoid tragic accidents. In this blog post, we’ll run through some of the basics, and also point you to solid … 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

Best Destinations for Fall Colors

Now’s the time of year to unleash your inner “leaf-peeper!” With the growing season giving way to autumnal wind-down, deciduous trees and shrubs are easing off photosynthesis and therefore production of grandly green chlorophyll, and showing off the crimsons, goldens, purples, burgundies, and browns of other pigments before shedding their leaves and settling in for the long barren haul of winter. The perfect combination of botanical diversity, latitude, and climatic factors gives the northeastern United States and adjoining Canada perhaps the world’s most celebrated fall colors, but America’s got no shortage of other leaf-peeping hotspots: from the North Woods of … Continue reading

Stay Safe in an Earthquake with the Great ShakeOut

Earthquakes can happen any time, anywhere around the world. But do you know what to do should one occur? Many people don’t, which is why the Great ShakeOut is so incredibly important. What is the Great ShakeOut? The Great ShakeOut is a day of awareness that promotes emergency preparedness and earthquake safety. This year, it takes place on Thursday, October 17, 2019. The national event encourages participants to partake in an earthquake safety drill to understand what to do in the event an earthquake strikes. More than 14 million people in the U.S. alone are already registered for the Great … Continue reading

10 Epic Backpacking Trips to Take in the US

The United States has no shortage of fantastic backpacking routes in virtually every corner of the country. They include, of course, some of the best-known long-distance hiking trails in the world, including the Appalachian and Pacific Crest trails. In this roundup of some of the very best backpacking adventures in the country, we’re only including one of the formally designated National Scenic Trails and otherwise focus on shorter, but no less spellbindingly beautiful routes. Take it from us: A Mountain House meal tastes delicious amid the backcountry scenery of any of the following multi-day traverses! (1) The Presidential Traverse (New … Continue reading

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