Originally Posted by DanMan
When it comes to clothing and gear, one of the most important items is your boots. If its colder and maybe snowy then I love my Schnee's. They make amazing pac boots. In deep snow a pair of gaiters also nice to keep it from coming in the tops.
+1 on the boots. Get a good pair, or two good pairs, NOW, and start wearing them/breaking them in so they are not noticeable when your wear them. Also, consider 1/2 size to full size larger than what you wear in the east to accommodate the terrain. Steep down hills with any amount of toe bump gets real old, real painful, real fast. I say two pairs if you are returning to the house each night. Maybe a non-insulated pair, and an insulated pair. You can swap off according to the weather.
Also, if you are not already in excellent physical shape, start working out now.