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Leather Boots and Strap-On Crampons OK

January 29 2002 at 10:05 PM
James Willard  (no login)


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I'm no expert, but have been up and down several glaciers with "waterproofed" heavy duty leather boots and strap-on crampons -- worked perfectly. Plastic boots and step-in crampons are expensive and would be great if you were doing a lot of serious mountaineering. But "old fashioned" crampons with straps are adjustable and will fit any boot -- of course you will want stiff, heavy duty mountaineering boots, hopefully with a steel shank (Vasque Alpine, Merrell Grand Traverse, La Sportiva, etc.). Keep in mind that most heavy boots (especially "mountaineering" boots) are "step-in" crampon compatible. So if you find some step-in crampons at a good price, any good mountaineering boot will probably fit them (ask the seller). Lastly, I know several mountaineers who are very happy with their Gore-Tex boots during glacier travel.

 
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