Avalanche Safety

For winter outdoor recreationists in the mountains, there’s no more fearsomely violent natural hazard than the avalanche. Too many of those skiers, snowshoers, climbers, and snowmobilers underestimate the risk and/or lack basic knowledge of avalanche behavior and avalanche safety. Others at least recognize the threat avalanches pose but don’t always actually take the time to study the forecast, test the snowpack, or practice their rescue techniques. There’s no substitute for taking an avalanche-safety course, which we heartily recommend to anyone who regularly adventures out in the winter backcountry, but for starters check out this blogpost: serving up a walk-through of … Continue reading

Tips for Surviving in a Snow Storm

Winter weather can be lovely: There’s not much prettier than big, feathered snowflakes lazily falling in a frosted forest. But it can also be ferocious. Enter: the snow storm.  Whether you’re into winter sports and recreation or simply hunkering down for the season at the old domicile, preparation for winter weather is vital. Here we’ll run down some of the basics of winter storm survival: at home, in the car, and out-and-about in the backwoods or mountains. Winter Storm 101: Hazards & Terminology Whether you’re headed out into the wintry woods on snowshoes or skis, or you’re packing the car … Continue reading

Stay Safe in an Earthquake with the Great ShakeOut

Earthquakes can happen any time, anywhere around the world. But do you know what to do should one occur? Many people don’t, which is why the Great ShakeOut is so incredibly important. What is the Great ShakeOut? The Great ShakeOut is a day of awareness that promotes emergency preparedness and earthquake safety. This year, it takes place on Thursday, October 19, 2017. The national event encourages participants to partake in an earthquake safety drill to understand what to do in the event an earthquake strikes. More than 14 million people in the U.S. alone are already registered for the Great … Continue reading

National Preparedness Month

We’ve addressed the critical subject of disaster planning many times here at the Mountain House blog, and now seems the perfect time to get the word out again. Partly because September is officially National Preparedness Month, and partly because of the dramatic stories and images emanating from Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. (Find out how you can help here.) This year’s National Preparedness Month theme is “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” Of course it’s true: You never know when a severe storm, a temblor, a power outage, or some other contingency will turn everyday life into disorder. … Continue reading

Multi-Expert Interview: The Biggest Challenge You’ve Faced

You can read articles about being prepared. You can attend workshops, stock up on gear, and have an arsenal of quotable tips at the ready. But as most folks will tell you, the best advice comes directly from folks who have had to live it. We recently asked this question to some of our Ambassadors and others who have had their survival knowledge put to the test of real life. Full Question: What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced where your survival/preparedness knowledge helped? What tips can you give others based on your experience? (jump to the story of your … Continue reading