Here at the Mountain House blog, we’ve lately been providing advice on winter camping for beginners. To augment this introductory winter camping advice, we thought we’d serve up some tips specifically focused on staying warm and comfortable around the winter campsite: obviously, a top priority as a nippy (or downright frigid) evening unfolds in the backcountry. Selecting a Good Winter Campsite If you aren’t camping in a designated campsite, be sure you give yourself enough time in the afternoon to find a promising place to bed down. The shortness of winter days can easily catch you off-guard, and this season … Continue reading

Tips for a Happy Winter Campsite

Here at the Mountain House blog, we’ve lately been providing advice on winter camping for beginners. To augment this introductory winter camping advice, we thought we’d serve up some tips specifically focused on staying warm and comfortable around the winter campsite: obviously, a top priority as a nippy (or downright frigid) evening unfolds in the backcountry. Selecting a Good Winter Campsite If you aren’t camping in a designated campsite, be sure you give yourself enough time in the afternoon to find a promising place to bed down. The shortness of winter days can easily catch you off-guard, and this season … Continue reading

Winter Camping Basics

When the first subfreezing night temperatures hit and the first real snowflakes start falling, some outdoorspeople hang up their packs and camping gear for the year and settle in for a winter of trip-planning for the following summer, maybe with some skiing or snowshoeing thrown in as daytrip adventures. But as many of our Mountain House readers know from experience, winter camping can be amazing: quiet and solitude abound, the snow-draped scenery can be transcendent, and you can justify an extra cup or two of hot cocoa around the campfire. Newbies often find the idea of winter camping intimidating, but … Continue reading

Let’s Celebrate Something We All Share: Our Public Lands!

If you’ve been in the U.S. for more than a few days, chances are you’ve enjoyed spending time in some type of public land — a beach, campground, lake, monument, wildlife refuge, forest, grassland, marine sanctuary or any local, state or national park. It would be almost impossible not to step foot in public land, given that 30 percent of America’s land is public land. Here’s the “Catch 22” — we get to enjoy these public lands — but our public lands don’t always enjoy us when they are overused, littered, neglected or impacted by other issues such as invasive … Continue reading

Easy & Tasty Camping Food Recipes Anyone Can Make

Whether you’re venturing out on your first camping trip or are a seasoned pro, enjoying tasty, nutritious food while you’re communing with the great outdoors is not only possible — it enhances your experience! Sure, it’s easy to throw nutrition bars, trail mix, beef jerky and dehydrated food packs into your backpack and head out— but where’s the fun in that? You don’t have to be a Food Network chef to create some amazing camping meals — we’ve compiled some easy recipes that will make your next outdoor adventure a delicious one! Make Ahead, Ready to Eat Camping Recipes: These … Continue reading

Designing a Camping Meal Plan For a Quick Weekend Trip

Admit it: Your life revolves around food. Everybody’s does, technically, right? Meals give structure to our day and inject a whole lot of pleasure into it to boot. Food’s all the more central to the camping experience. Appetites seem to enlarge in the woods, even if you’re not burning through the calories backpacking. Maybe it’s partly because, as everybody knows, stuff does just taste better outdoors. If all you’ve got time for is a quick weekend camping getaway, you may be tempted to skimp on the meal-planning and just improvise your menu at the last minute. Ultimately, though, that’s not … Continue reading