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Unusual Weather

Discussion in 'Wilderness & Survival Skills' started by hollowdweller, Oct 14, 2011.

  1. hollowdweller


    Sep 22, 2003
    The wife and I thought we'd enjoy some fall color and weather.

    So we decided to rent the "Wilderness Cabin" again at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park.

    The cabin is the old cabin that went with the Fire Tower on Bald Knob, one of the highest points in WV.

    You have to ride the train up 2 hours to Bald Knob and then walk about 3/4 mile to the cabin. One room cabin.No running water. Kerosene lamps. Sets right on the edge of the Monongahela National Forest. Wood cookstove for heat.

    So we were staying there 4 days 10/1 thr 4 leaving 10/5. Be damned if a huge snowstorm didn't hit!

    On the way up

    Right after we got there

    Later that night.


    By Monday we had 8"

  2. Shotgun


    Feb 3, 2006
    Wow. Did you pack your snow shoes?

    At least you water was taken care of. Always a silver lining. ;)
  3. Esav Benyamin

    Esav Benyamin MidniteSuperMod

    Apr 6, 2000
    Be prepared! Peace and quiet, and a preview of the coming season.
    At least you weren't expecting a dude ranch with swimming pool. :D

    an empty chill

    freezing in a heatless house
    the cold has killed off every mouse
    but cold will never kill me too
    buddhists know just what to do

    write a haiku and declare
    cold is really an illusion
    absence of heat, not something there
    shivering is only mental confusion

    turn the dial
    electric heat
    rise to warm
    my frozen feet

    but my frozen feet don't care
    cold is really 'nothing there'

    -- EB
  4. hollowdweller


    Sep 22, 2003
    Yeah I'm getting snow to melt on top of the wood cookstove in that one pic.
  5. hollowdweller


    Sep 22, 2003
    Shot of the interior
    There were some cool crafts left by previous residents
  6. hollowdweller


    Sep 22, 2003
    I thought this one was cool


    The head was actually whittled separately and attached to the shaft with metal wire


    The sides were grooved and the fletching inserted. I couldnt' figure out what they were made of. Maybe bark.

    And the punch line on the shaft.

  7. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Oct 19, 2005
    Thats neat HD. I think I've seen pics of y'all there before?
  8. sicily02


    Nov 23, 2005
    It looks like a pretty awesome trip snow and all.

  9. Codger_64

    Codger_64 Moderator Moderator

    Oct 8, 2004
    I love being snowed in in a mountain cabin. I did that once at Ponca Arkansas on the Buffalo National River. No heat but a log burning fireplace. I hotted it up so much we had to open the door during the snowstorm! Luckily I had piled firewood on the covered porch before the storm hit and didn't have to dig in the snow for it!

    Cool pics. How was the hike out? Slip-n-slide?
  10. Tuxdad


    Feb 15, 2008
    Looks like a pretty great trip !! Wish I could get my beloved to do something like that.. Unfortunately if we did and a storm hit us, I'd send more time outside than in... Hmmmm ... Hey Sweety !! LOL
  11. cappaletti


    Mar 19, 2010
    awesome cabin!!!
  12. Tuxdad


    Feb 15, 2008
    I do have to ask.. Did they supply firewood for the cookstove or did you have to scrounge up your own ?? Either way, still looks like a fun time up there..

    Thanks again for sharing !!
  13. LMT66

    LMT66 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 18, 2008
    That looks fun! Thanks for bringing us along!
  14. PeterPHWS


    Dec 31, 2005
    Countries may change but enjoying snowfall in the hills is a common pleasure ... those are some of the greatest times ...
  15. dialton


    Jan 1, 2007
    Probably not the kind of trip you had in mind but I bet you had a good time even with the snow.
  16. hollowdweller


    Sep 22, 2003
    By the time we left all the snow was melted, it was sunny and 68 degrees. Also the hike out is only 3/4 mile to the train. Then a 2 hour train ride back down the MT.
  17. hollowdweller


    Sep 22, 2003
    There was a wood house and it was stocke with mostly black locust!

    However to get the stove burning I had to split some.

    My GB got some use

    So did this Puronvarsi Scandi I put together. The blade has a rhombic shape and it splits stuff great

  18. OwenM


    Oct 26, 2000

    I got refamiliarized with unexpected weather screwing up the works this spring, and am about to spend part of this coming vacation finishing up things left undone from that vacation:rolleyes:
    Sometimes you just gotta make the best of things. At least you got to play a little!
  19. the rat

    the rat Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 3, 2009
    Snow fall in the mountains is always so beautiful to see. Looks like a great time.
  20. hollowdweller


    Sep 22, 2003

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