The Best Mountain Lakes in the USA

It probably comes as no surprise to you, given our brand name and our backpacking-ready products, to learn that we here at Mountain House are big fans of mountain lakes. And we’re going to go out on a limb and assume that you Mountain House blog readers are, too. Though the first snows may be piling up in the heights this time of year, there’s no reason why we can’t start dreaming of blissful backcountry lakes to escape to next summer, right? Here we’ve compiled a list of some of the best lakes in North America’s high country: from sprawling … Continue reading

3 Preparedness Tools to Stash Next to Your Mountain House

If you’ve spent some time in the backcountry, then you know just how unpredictable mother nature can be. From pop-up storms, to unwanted critters, to medical emergencies–there are countless reasons to go in prepared. So whether you’re headed into the backcountry or preparing for unseen events, get that preparedness kit ready! Slidebelts Survival Belt This survival belt isn’t just for Chuck Norris, it may just be the most helpful survival item that you will own. The stainless steel adjustable belt comes equipped with a razor-sharp folding knife, a bottle opener, a super-bright LED light, and even a ferrocerium fire starter rod. … Continue reading

The 10 Best Hiking Trails in the U.S.

Here at Mountain House, we contend (and we have a feeling our blog readers will agree) that some of the very best the United States has to offer can only be appreciated on foot, away from roads and cities amid the country’s sweeping wilderness landscapes. Here we’ve pulled together our roundup of the best hiking trails in the U.S.—that is, our roundup for today, because if you ask us tomorrow we may well be swapping in other equally praiseworthy routes. When it comes to top-grade trails, a Top Ten list seems woefully inadequate—but like our loyal Mountain House-scarfing wilderness warriors, … Continue reading

Camping Checklist for Parents With Babies

Does the notion of camping with babies strike cold fear into your heart? You’re not alone. Many parents of infants and toddlers assume the outdoor adventures Mom and Dad love are off-limits until the kids are older. Not so. Don’t forget: People have been toting tiny babies around in the wilds for tens of thousands of years. Infants are hardier than they look, and the woods, prairies, and mountains are, from a certain perspective, an ancient, tried-and-true nursery. Of course, camping with a baby does demand a lot of preparation, a different sort of equipment checklist, and—most importantly—a very healthy … Continue reading