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Layers and long-johns

"I know I'm going to catch Hell for this but, what kind of clothes will I need?"
I asked three people that question. And those three people did, in fact, give me Hell. And, they will continue to throughout the trip. Raised in Southern California, and anti-snow, the heaviest jacket I own would probably be comfortable in 40 degree climate at best. My body temp runs normally hot, so seeing me in shorts while others are bundled up is not an unusual sight. 

But, subzero temps not counting windchill? Definitely uncharted territory for me. 

Over the past couple of months, you may have heard me say the following:
"How do I pack winter clothes for 18 days?"
"Do I wear underwear under the long-johns?"
"Will I seriously need long-johns?"
"Damn, these long-johns are hella-itchy!" 
"Layers... Hmm, layers..."
"Does *insert clothing item here* count as a 'layer'?" 
The local Columbia Outlet received a good portion of my last few paychecks. As a result, not only am I (hopefully) prepared to face the cold, I'll also be masquerading as a Columbia clothing model while there. 

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