Refreshing Your Storm Safety Savvy

As spring rolls into summer, we’re right in the thick of the prime season for severe weather here in North America. That’s not to diminish the challenges posed by ferocious winter storms and cold snaps, by any means. The combination of thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes in the spring-through-fall window, however, translates to the most all-around violent skies we deal with in an average year. So we figured it was worth running through the basics of preparing for and enduring this kind of potentially destructive and dangerous warm-season weather. Read on for some storm safety tips! General Tips for Preparing for … Continue reading

Camping During the Coronavirus Pandemic

It’s been a challenging and confusing time for outdoorspeople, these past few months. Well, of course, it’s been a challenging and confusing—and downright scary—time for everybody, and we’ll take this opportunity at the outset to thank all of the healthcare workers, grocery/market employees, and other personnel who’ve truly been on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s a very big thank-you from all of us here at Mountain House! Currently many of the public lands and other outdoor destinations that were partly or completely closed, or otherwise specially regulated, when the pandemic hit are reopening to one degree or another. … Continue reading

Fun Social Distance Camping Games for Kids & Adults

Whether you’re doing it close to home during ongoing pandemic-related travel restrictions, or eventually farther afield if those restrictions are loosened, camping can be a great way to shake the COVID-19 blues (that is, of course, so long as you’re abiding by all health guidelines and outdoor-recreation rules issued by authorities). For the time being, social distancing is still the name of the game for protecting yourself and others from the coronavirus. So today at the Mountain House blog we thought we’d pull together some ideas for fun camping games that, if need be, can be enjoyed in responsible, spaced-out … Continue reading

How to Fit Emergency Planning Into Everyday Life

Few of us would deny the importance of planning for natural disasters, power outages, and other external emergencies that can completely derail (and threaten) our lives. But let’s be honest: easier said than done, right? It can seem downright daunting to take the necessary steps to prepare, for one thing, and uncomfortable to think about such scary stuff, to boot.  Furthermore, it’s too often the case that we’re only reminded of how useful it is to prepare for disasters when disaster actually strikes—too late, in many respects. So in today’s post, we thought we’d run through a few basic ideas … Continue reading

Camping at Home: Indoors or In Your Backyard

For many of us outdoor lovers, the stay-at-home lifestyle we’re following under the COVID-19 pandemic has us sorely missing favorite campgrounds and backcountry hangouts. As we all hunker down in the name of public health, we can still get our camping fix on if we treat the old domicile as our tenting-out playground. Here are some basic indoor and backyard camping ideas: useful for these strange lockdown times of ours, for sure, but also any situation when you don’t have the ability to get away to your go-to getaway in the great outdoors! Turns out camping in your backyard (or … Continue reading