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Boots for Glaciated Peaks

January 29 2002 at 7:05 PM
Jack  (no login)


I'm interested in hiking up the easier routes of Mt Rainier, Mt Hood, etc. I realize that they will require "Mountainering Boots and Crampons". I've heard that some or most people climbing these peaks are using "Plastic boots".

Are these like downhill ski boots, but with treads?

I'm thinking about buying a pair of heavy Gortex leather boots that are rated as 'heavy backpacking and light mountaineering'.

Would these be suitable for non-technical mountaineering or would a guide insist on me renting plastic boots? Would I be laughed off the mountain? Would I be at a significant disadvantage in using a 'light mountaineering' boot w/ crampons?

I'm planning late spring/summer climbs.

Would folks recommend that I buy crampons on e-bay (if I got them at a significant discount) or not?

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