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Backcountry Skiing 101

If you’ve watched a ski movie recently (like Rogue Elements or Line of Descent), you’ve probably seen the epic shots that are the bread and butter of the ski film industry: pro athletes unloaded on an Alaskan massif to shred down spines and couloirs to the valley below. While most of us may never ski lines like that, it doesn’t mean we can’t enter into the world of backcountry skiing and go at our own pace. Here are some tips to get you started: Get Educated One of the most important aspects of being a backcountry user is being a … Continue reading

Now Serving: Homestyle Turkey Dinner Casserole

Could a hot and delicious turkey dinner really be as easy as just-add-water?! If you can dream it, Mountain House can make it! Mountain House has been the pioneer and leader in tasty freeze-dried meals since 1969, outfitting outdoor adventurers with savory dinner options like Beef Stroganoff and Pasta Primavera, and breakfasts that rival home cooking like Biscuits and Gravy and Spicy Southwest Breakfast Hash. Now Mountain House has a new entree to gobble up: Homestyle Turkey Dinner Casserole! Mountain House’s Homestyle Turkey Dinner Casserole combines real turkey meat, stuffing, harvest vegetables, and spices in a savory broth. “Our goal … 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

The Principles of Leave-No-Trace

Entering the backcountry in the 21st century demands responsibility. Many postcard-perfect wilderness destinations in North America are at risk of being loved to death (or at least degradation); truly remote, pristine sites are all the more precious in the context of our never-so-great human footprint. Leave No Trace (LNT) is a philosophy every outdoorsperson should adopt. Naturally, human beings are going to leave some traces in the woods—when we’re out hunting or fishing, sure, but also simply backpacking. Comes with the territory—and totally natural. But the LNT idea about aiming for as light-handed and soft-footed a touch as we can: … Continue reading

Road Trip Tested: Winter Edition

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again (and again and again): we’re not into stuff for the sake of stuff. But reliable gear that helps folks adventure and explore, we’re totally into that! Which is why we geared up a family for a winter road trip to test products from Mountain House, Teton Sports, Solo Stove, Orion Coolers, Coffee Wick, and GoCamp Rentals. And now one lucky winner has a shot at winning the same items (new, of course!). Enter by providing your email address below. And then tune in to Facebook and Instagram for chances to earn … Continue reading