These days, what with the outdoor-recreation industry bigger than ever and disaster preparedness on the radar of more and more people, freeze-dried backpacking and emergency food options seem to be popping up all over the place. But there’s a reason why Mountain House is still the gold standard. Well, actually there are many reasons, but one fundamental and overarching one is that we’ve been in the business a LONG time. We’re no flash-in-the-pan company jumping on the prepping or outdoors bandwagon: We’ve been around since the 1960s, pioneering a commercial-scale freeze-drying process that we’ve continually honed over all these decades … Continue reading

The History of Mountain House

These days, what with the outdoor-recreation industry bigger than ever and disaster preparedness on the radar of more and more people, freeze-dried backpacking and emergency food options seem to be popping up all over the place. But there’s a reason why Mountain House is still the gold standard. Well, actually there are many reasons, but one fundamental and overarching one is that we’ve been in the business a LONG time. We’re no flash-in-the-pan company jumping on the prepping or outdoors bandwagon: We’ve been around since the 1960s, pioneering a commercial-scale freeze-drying process that we’ve continually honed over all these decades … Continue reading

Mountain House Staff Picks: Gifts That Matter More

Tis the season for stuff, stuff, and more stuff. And we don’t know about you, but all this stuff is leaving us feeling a bit, well … stuffed! We love the feeling of giving a gift that really lights up someone’s face. Something that will actually be used and appreciated, and won’t hit a landfill by this time next year (or sooner!). It really is the thought that counts. And there’s  no shortage of ways to imbue thoughtful gift giving into this holiday season. Here are a few of our favorites. #1 – America the Beautiful Pass Who doesn’t love an … Continue reading

How to Boil Water When the Power is Out

It goes without saying that the ability to boil water ranks right up there among both at-home and backcountry necessities, whether you’re looking to cook a meal, prep the (all-important) morning coffee or tea, or purify water for drinking. An electric stove or coffeemaker sure makes the process easy, but what do you do when the power’s out, or when you’re deep in the wilderness? To many folks, the answer may seem obvious. But we actually get asked this fairly often, “What about if the power is out at home?” Well, whether it’s a weekend backpacking trip or a genuine … Continue reading

Cabin Dreaming: 7 Houses in the Mountains

When the forest begins to tuck itself away into a blanket of snow, we start dreaming of winter getaways to cozy cabins! There’s nothing quite like escaping to a cabin in the woods to put a pause on the frantic pace of everyday life, and to instead find wintry inspiration and sanctuary while enjoying breathtaking surroundings.  Here are 7 cabins that we would love to borrow for a weekend or more: This California A-frame is nestled among Redwoods and a short drive to wine country. It offers a mix of rustic roots and modern conveniences, and features an adorable loft that you might have … Continue reading

The Basics of Living Off the Land

Living off the land: Just the phrase has an alluring ring to it. And so does the idea: the notion of utter self-sufficiency, rustling up grub and other resources from the wilderness and prospering free and clear of the grid and the rat-race alike. The phrase describes the everyday reality of human beings for hundreds of thousands of years, and continues to apply to many around the world who live off the land by necessity or choice. For our purposes, though, we’re looking at living off the land as a short-term DIY response to an emergency of one kind or … Continue reading