Winter hiking and camping in the New England mountains presents a unique set of challenges. The cold and extreme weather requires a different set of skills than warm weather hiking. Clothing and layering systems, camping techniques, specialized gear, food and water planning, and sleeping in the cold, are all valuable skills to learn. Some camping experience is preferred for these trips, and since more gear is needed making for heavier packs, participants must be in good physical condition. Every effort will be made to provide rental gear for these hikes if participants do not own any. If M.A.G. does not have certain gear, information will be provided to participants about where to rent it.