Whether your want to conquer summits or snowboard down from them, being prepared is key. This is especially true in the fringe season of spring. With temperatures rising, the snow caps are receding and what was once hard packed or white and fluffy becomes soft, wet and mushy. But these are the mountains, after all; weather patterns change quickly and the winds are fierce and relentless. That means layering up head to toe with versatile, breathable and water-resistant fabrics, and making sure you’ve got gadgets to gauge conditions and tools to weather any storm.