ClairificationJanuary 30 2002 at 6:52 PM
|Jack (no login)|
Response to Boots for Glaciated Peaks
I have done similar altitude (Elbert & Humphries amoung others), but plan to get some Glacier training before I attempt Rainier or Hood.
I have some very old but servicable leather Reichle Colorados which have a sturdy sole that can not be deflected more than about an inch. I could use tall gators over these. Or I could buy some "backpacking and light mountaineering" Gortex boots from LLBean (on sale for $119) or I could just rent.
I'm disinclined to rent for the reason that I want to train in the same boots/crampons that I'll use for the actual climb.
I don't quite get the step-in vs. strap-on crampon option. Which is better?
Oh, and I don't plan to do any technical ice work or any ice/snow grades steeper than needed to get up Rainier. Do I still want front point crampons?
10, 12 or how many points?
[Are they like deer, the more points the better? :-))]
If I buy these crampons locally, what questions will I need to answer before making the correct choice (other than step/strap and having the boots on I'll be wearing on the ice).