I've been doing a fair amount of spring/summer/fall backpacking the last few years but nothing in the winter. I'm planning an MLK wkd trip (Deep Creek) and want to make sure I'm prepared gear-wise. I've browsed some other boards but the recs are all over the place depending on the locale. Am curious to hear from those that do a lot of winter backpacking in the Smokies.
My primary concerns are around my tent and keeping my hands/feet warm.
Tent - for camping at spots in the park at <4000' elevation, will my 3 season, mesh-paneled tent w/rainfly suffice? On other boards I see a lot of recs to get a (expensive) winter tent. Would prefer to avoid that if my current tent can handle lower elevation GSMNP sites.
hands and feet - my feet in particular tend to get very cold, both on the trail and in my sleeping bag. Are sock liners helpful?
For my hands I've always used mittens when snow-skiing as gloves didn't keep my fingers warm. But figure I may need the utility of gloves for tasks around the campsite. Carry both? Or liners with a glove and hope for the best?
I feel good about clothes (layering synthetics) so I think I'm good there.
other tips I've come across, please add others
Any other tips?