|What to Expect at Gray Knob During a
Winter Overnight Stay
The RMC's Gray Knob
cabin offers the chance to experience winter camping without
the fuss and weight of a tent. However, it is far from luxurious
cold does it get inside?
The internal temperature of
Gray Knob in the winter is a refrigerator at best and a freezer
If the fire is lit, for a short
period in the evening, the inside temperature could reach 35-40°F
at the most. This is not warm.
The woodstove is operated at
the caretaker's discretion.
Note that overnight these temperatures
will drop to 20°F or lower by morning. There is no fire in
The internal temperature is
related to the temperature outside. The mercury is usually 20-30
degrees higher inside the cabin than outside. But if it is -10°F
outside, 20-30 degrees higher is an internal temperature of 10-20°F.
Brrr, that sounds cold,
what should I bring to be prepared?
A sleeping bag rated 0°F
or lower. (Down is best). A fleece liner or a bivy in addition
to a sleeping bag is advised as it will add warmth.
Insulated down coats, and insulated
or fleece pants. It is cold inside.
Wood will increase the possibility
of lighting a fire, but will not raise the temperature above
Remind me why the woodstove
is there if it doesn't get the cabin warm?
The primary purpose of the woodstove
is to dry out the cabin, as moisture collects from boiling water
and exhalation. It is not intended to keep the caretaker, or
the visitors, warm.