View Full Version : Lonesome Lake

02-11-2008, 09:00 PM
I was wondering if anyone has advice for what would be needed for a night at the hut in the winter. I have a 20 degree bag and was wondering if it is warm enough in there for that.

Thanks in advance.


02-11-2008, 09:23 PM
The problem with lonesome in the winter is that the bunkhouses are detached, with no heat. I wouldn't head there with anything less than a zero, and would consider a -20 bag. EMS in North Conway rents them for good rates, and it's a good time of year to buy them.

On the upside...the trail in (basin cascades) is nice, the hut is fantastic, and the view even better!!!

Bill O
02-11-2008, 09:47 PM
I agree. If it was 20 degrees and you only have a 20 degree bag you'd be cold. If it was zero and you had a zero degree bag you'd also be cold.

02-12-2008, 11:28 AM
Yeah, I have the EMS -20 bag and I love it. It is the best bag I have had yet. Packs in great and pretty light weight. This bag is like an oven for those cold nights. :cool:

02-12-2008, 09:13 PM
Thanks. I will check out a new bag. How about things like water? Is it all frozen or does the hut have some running? Stove usage? Or bring cold food for a day?

02-13-2008, 11:12 AM
The hut has a well, hand pump, with an informal limit on water use. You can use the hut stove, there are sign up times.

Pack in a log for the heating woodstove and the caretakers are less likely to stinge.

02-13-2008, 11:14 AM
This is a good bag, as others have stated, and is a good deal right now!
http://www.ems.com/catalog/product_detail_vertical.jsp?STYLE_GROUP%3C%3East_i d=1408474396003149&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302875911&bmUID=1202919199098

02-14-2008, 06:48 PM
We had a great night last winter at LL Hut in January, but I have to say it was 4 degrees outside and 4 degrees inside. There were snow drifts inside our bunk room. :p No kidding. The only thing that the rooms really provide is wind-break. We each have a Montbell Down Hugger bag.

Regarding the kitchen, there's a propane fridge where you can keep anything that you don't want to freeze (food, contact lense solution, etc). The propane stove is available for meal prep. We were there on a Wednesday so there were only 4 guests and 1 caretaker. No lines to cook dinner.

Overall, the hut is heated which means that the wood stove runs from 4pm to about 9pm. It got up to about 40 degrees in there.