I知 planning a 250-350 mile section in late December somewhere between springer mountain and Damascus VA.

My main sticking point on gear is will the precipitation reliably be frozen enough to warrant/allow WTB hiking shoes instead of trail runners? Additionally this factor would help decide between the showa gloves I use for wet and cold conditions and getting some vaportherms mitts.

Sleeping-WM Kodiac, neotherm with small ccf underpad

Pack-zerk 40 or ULA circuit

Shelter-AT shelters and Sierra designs high route

Worn clothing-underwear/pants, 200 wt merino shirt, Patagonia r1, glove liners, mid weight wool socks

Carried-second midlayer-100 wt fleece, Sierra designs dridown parka, outdoor research foray rain gear

Traction-micro spikes