Over the summer, the Western New York Hiking Challenge took off with more than 850 people registering to participate.

Anyone who completed a certain number of trails got a reward at the end and all of the money donated went to the Western New York Land Conservancy. 

Now there’s a new winter challenge with the same concept. 

"Embrace the cold," is what hiking challenge founder Mike Radomski said.

Registration is open now up until the last day of the challenge. People are expected to hike at least seven of 14 featured trails by March 20. If you hike eight, you get a patch. Once you are on a trail, take a selfie, and upload it to their website.

While we normally don’t think of hiking as much in the winter, the Radomski said it’s a great time to get outside.

“In the summer, you have the foliage, and it’s hot and there are bugs," said Radomski. "In the winter, no bugs, no mud, and when the trees are bare you see everything a little bit differently. People are scared to go out in the winter but if you have the correct gear, it can be the best time to hike."

The fee to participate is $20. The organizer will donate funds to the Beaver Meadow Audubon Center in North Java, Wyoming County.

To sign up for the challenge, click here.