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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

Spring Backcountry Safety

It was a long, gnarly winter in many parts of the country, but spring is most definitely here and undoubtedly singing a very sweet siren song to any and all outdoors-folks. It’s an exciting time to get into the backcountry, whether on skis or snowshoes or along hiking trails that have thawed out. The days are lengthening, the angle of the Sun is increasing for warmer weather, and the intoxicating phenological signs of the season are unfolding: north-bound flocks of waterfowl, melodious songbirds in the budding thickets, frog choruses from the marshes and hollows, wildflowers starting to strut their stuff … Continue reading

Backpacking in America’s National Parks

You can have an amazing time in the extraordinary national parks of the United States without setting foot on a hiking trail, let alone spending a night (or seven) in the backcountry. But there’s no question that these expressions of “America’s best idea” offer some of the very finest backpacking opportunities anywhere. Backpacking may be your only choice to truly explore large portions of big, remote parks. It can also allow you to shed the crowds in some of the most popular ones, such as Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Great Smoky Mountains, and discover solitude and deep quiet. And backpacking can … Continue reading

How To Cook Fish Without A Fire

If you’ve been following Mountain House on social media you’ll know that we LOVE a good Mountain House Hack (#MHHacks). But this one from our friends at Uncage the Soul Productions is next level: It isn’t uncommon for campfires to be prohibited in protected wilderness areas or areas prone to (or impacted by) wildfire. And even in campsites where controlled campfires are permitted, this hack is a useful one to remember in helping abide with leave no trace principles. So if you’re backpacking to a place where the fish are jumpin’ (and where you’re allowed to catch em!) put last … Continue reading

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