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It’s surprisingly easy to take a tumble walking the pavement and floors of day-to-day life, let alone the uneven surfaces you’ll run into in the backcountry. Whether you primarily hike well-graded trails or your adventures include occasional cross-country travel, here are some miscellaneous tips for maintaining your footing: from techniques for negotiating different types of terrain to how to train for a hike in general. Support Aids for Hiking: How to Use Trekking Poles Bipedalism’s great and all, but more than a few hikers slogging up a tough set of switchbacks have envied the elk or bear its four sturdy …

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Mountain House Blog by Kelli Martinelli - 3w ago

Fact: everything tastes better when you’re camping. From the first cup of piping hot coffee, to the highly-anticipated gathering around a fire for dinner, camping food is a joy to prepare, and a delight to devour. Without the conveniences of home like a refrigerator or oven, longer camping trips may seem daunting when it comes to meal planning. So start simple! Check out this basic 7-day camping food meal plan so you can head into the wild ready to explore, and with more time to savor the adventure! Breakfast Camping Food Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, whether …

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Few sights on Earth—our grand and mostly liquid planet—are quite so bewitching as a waterfall. Freefall plunges off overhangs, horsetail falls rivuleting down slanted rock faces, whitewater cascades frothing through a long forest chute: There are many kinds of waterfalls, many shapes and configurations, and of course a vast size spectrum—from tiny streamers on a steep-coursed brook to immense cataracts such as Angel, Iguazú, Victoria, and Niagara falls. What’s remarkable is how even a little waterfall, or a drought-diminished one, retains almost magnetic appeal. Who knows: Maybe there’s something to the whole negative-ion effect said to be at play around …

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Much as we all love the wild vistas, the geological marvels, the hiking and swimming and paddling, a whole lot of the joy of camping centers on food, right? It’s a cliché that grub tastes better outdoors, but darn it it’s a fact, too. Just like back home, though, it’s easy to become bored with your campsite cuisine—or, if you’re new to roughing it, hard to know what to make in the first place. Well, that’s where we come into the picture here at Mountain House. First off, of course, our freeze-dried meals make scrumptious entrees requiring no more prep …

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Camping is more fun when spent with the people you love. If the people you love are tiny humans who have a knack for adventure and are easily distracted, finding a kid-friendly campground is a must. If you’re on the search for campgrounds that are a little less rustic and come with “accessories” like playground equipment, check out this round-up from our friends at The Dyrt.  The Dyrt makes the hunt for the ideal campground easy by offering camper reviews of campsites across the country. Check out their mobile app to preview photos of a campground before packing up and heading …

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Much as we all love the wild vistas, the geological marvels, the hiking and swimming and paddling, a whole lot of the joy of camping centers on food, right? It’s a cliché that grub tastes better outdoors, but darn it it’s a fact, too. Just like back home, though, it’s easy to become bored with your campsite cuisine—or, if you’re new to roughing it, hard to know what to make in the first place. Well, that’s where we come into the picture here at Mountain House. First off, of course, our freeze-dried meals make scrumptious entrees requiring no more prep …

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Mountain House Blog by Kelli Martinelli - 1M ago

The tent is up, the snacks are out, and the kids have already explored 98.63% of the campsite and are itchin for more. What to do? Gather up all your campers, big and small, and play some games, one and all! Here are 5 of our favorite all-ages camping activities.  CARD GAMES “Got any 4s?” “Nope! Go Fish!” It’s a classic for a reason, folks. A pack of cards is super portable and invites hours of play that encourages strategy, patience, and cooperation. If the wind picks up, take it inside the tent and get cozy with a game of …

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The United States established the world’s very first national park: Yellowstone, that geothermal and wildlife wonderland in the Middle Rockies, back in 1872. Today the National Park Service manages nearly 60 parks (in addition to a slew of national recreation areas, historic sites, and other units), which in 2016 saw nearly 331 million visitors: a record level. Within this grand system of public lands you’ll find some of the most sublime scenery and precious ecosystems in the country: from the boreal lakes of northern Minnesota to the redwood rainforest of the California coast, from the Brooks Range crests of Arctic …

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There aren’t many sinking feelings quite like the gradual realization that you’re lost in the wilderness. Actually, you don’t need big backcountry to get turned around—not by a long shot. People get lost within a few hundred yards of roads, visitor centers, campgrounds: It happens all the time. It’s not a pleasant sensation for most people, disorientation, and the all-too-common response is to start panicking. Needless to say, panic—natural as it is—isn’t a super-useful state when you don’t know where you are. Clear Headedness and calm will serve you much better, and to cultivate that kind of cool when you’re …

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There’s magic and mystery in a long-distance footpath, and America’s blessed with some of the finest—and most famous—in the world. From the rhododendron tunnels of the Appalachian Trail to the lined-up volcanoes of the PCT, stupendous landscapes and stupendous adventure await on these backcountry (and frontcountry) traces, whether you’re hopping on for just a couple of days or doing an ambitious thru-hike. And you’ll certainly appreciate your Mountain House along the way… Let’s take a freewheeling tour of America’s National Scenic Trails: hopefully spurring some fond memories for anyone who’s hoofed it on one or more of them, and otherwise …

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