The Most Influential Gear of All Time: Mountain House Freeze-Dried Camp Food

1968

Mountain House Lasagna with Meat Sauce

Mountain House Lasagna with Meat Sauce     Photo: Courtesy of Mountain House

Oregon Freeze Dry (OFD), Mountain House’s parent company, supplied U.S. troops with freeze-dried long-range patrol meals (LRPs) during the Vietnam War. As the war wound down, the company sold excess military product in army surplus stores, and customers were clamoring for more. After Newsweek ran an article entitled "Gourmet C-Rations" in 1967 REI, interesting in developing LRPs for backpackers and campers, contacted the company. OFD and REI eventually teamed up to develop a line of camping LRP-style foods for REI stores that were marketed as Mountain House. It launched with 14 original products.

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