We were outfitted in the camp’s gear, which was a mix of top-quality items like Black Diamond mittens and charmingly vintage Army surplus wool trousers. Getting into the gear took up a lot of time, and required some patience; there were also a few arguments about socks (no cotton!) and some grumbling about the incredibly unfashionable (but very warm!) clothes. I personally liked my baggy trousers, though I was disappointed that the East German Army set I picked out first was too big–they had a nice finish to them.