I recently got back into hiking this fall with a really great group of hikers. They belong to a Meetup group called The New England Over Fourty Hiking Group. We do a lot of hiking in the White Mountains and mid-newhamshire region. I have been gradually getting into winter hiking. My first "real" winter hike was on 12-18-10 on Mt. Kearsarge North in Intervale NH (near North Conway). I would eventually like to work my way up to winter camping as I get more experience. The first winter hike was shear ice for a mile and a half up the steepest parts of the trail. This was not "typical" I was told but the spectacular view on top was worth it. The trek back down was considerably more treacherous. Fortunately, the group experienced only one moderate injury but a lot of minor slips on the way down. I'm looking forward to my next hike and getting some experience with snow shoes.