Dave, thanks for the info. I was not very clear with my question-I meant to ask how I would go about starting to train for snow camping and trekking. I’ve not used an ice axe before (I’ve used crampons on a hike across a glacier in NZ, but only for day hikes), so I will need to get some training in proper use before I venture into the winter wilderness. I’m probably too late for any formal classes this year, but my guess is that REI and similar probably offer what I need. IF you have any suggestions, please let me know. Thanks!