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Aconcagua Boots

Postby snoopdhani » Thu Dec 15, 2011 9:16 pm

I would like to get some of your opinions about what boots some of you have used on Aconcagua.

Mainly what brand/type of doubles you used.

Is it possible to use a boot like Scarpa Phantom Guide?

Anyone used Spantik?

I also know that many wear their Millet Everest or similar?

Seems like there is a massive wide range of boots used on Aconcagua?

Any thoughts any real life tales would be helpful?

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Aconcagua Boots

Postby divnamite » Fri Dec 16, 2011 2:19 am

My partner and I used Scarpa Inverno, worked out really well.
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Re: Aconcagua Boots

Postby jwoodwel » Fri Dec 16, 2011 7:42 pm

Scarpa Inverno's worked like a charm. Not the lightest boot, but plenty warm and affordable.
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Re: Aconcagua Boots

Postby ScottyP » Wed Dec 21, 2011 3:25 am

I summited earlier this year in Spantiks, worked great. We had good weather up to 20,000 and I used light hikers all the way to high camp! Also used the Spantiks on Denali with no issues, and it was much colder than Aco!
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Re: Aconcagua Boots

Postby snoopdhani » Wed Dec 21, 2011 10:54 pm

Scotty,

Could have you used a single?

I have heard so many stories from people who go to Aconcagua who wear Millet's Everest, to Koflach's, to Spatnik's, to singles like Trangos.

Seems like Aconcagua, climbers use such vastly different boots. From Millet's to singles, really shows the difference.

There just seem to be such a wide variety of boots worn, not like climbing Denali, where doubles are MANDATORY.

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Re: Aconcagua Boots

Postby Hotoven » Thu Dec 22, 2011 1:24 pm

It all depends on the climber, I have heard of a woman climbing Mt. Hood in high heels, people do Rainier in tennis shoes, it all depends on how much you like your own toes. :)
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Re: Aconcagua Boots

Postby ScottyP » Sat Dec 24, 2011 5:03 am

I could have used a single, but we had decent weather. I would not have gone with a single boot.
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Re: Aconcagua Boots

Postby snoopdhani » Sat Dec 24, 2011 7:12 pm

Scotty,

Would you have not used a single like Scarpa Phantom Guide due to cold weather or inability to be able to keep a single dry, compared with how much easier it is to keep a double dry by sleeping with the inners?

Thx for the input amigo.
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Re: Aconcagua Boots

Postby mconnell » Sun Dec 25, 2011 2:54 am

I wore Koflachs. If I had carried them with me, I would have used my approach shoes to the summit, but we were there in a very dry year. If I were to go again, I would not have a problem with going with singles, but you are going to have a better chance of getting to the summit if you have doubles.
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Re: Aconcagua Boots

Postby snoopdhani » Sun Dec 25, 2011 3:18 am

Thx. for the input Mcon., really appreciate the beta.

My only though process is being light and fast....single vs. double, and also taking into consideration how cold it really gets up high vs. how long one spends climbing up high as well. I guess there is no right answer, but I am grateful for the input.

No desire to climb "hike" on rock and dirt with doubles or Millet's before getting to the glacier/snow.
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Re: Aconcagua Boots

Postby ScottyP » Sun Dec 25, 2011 9:02 pm

I could have used the Scarpa, if I had them! However, on summit day it was nice to have the doubles when the snow started and temps dropped.
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Re: Aconcagua Boots

Postby snoopdhani » Sun Dec 25, 2011 9:33 pm

thx.

gonna go with a double!
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Re: Aconcagua Boots

Postby mconnell » Thu Dec 29, 2011 1:02 am

snoopdhani wrote:Thx. for the input Mcon., really appreciate the beta.

My only though process is being light and fast....single vs. double, and also taking into consideration how cold it really gets up high vs. how long one spends climbing up high as well. I guess there is no right answer, but I am grateful for the input.

No desire to climb "hike" on rock and dirt with doubles or Millet's before getting to the glacier/snow.


FWIW - We were never on snow, and the glacier was so covered with ruble that it was usually hard to know that you were on glacier. I don't think we walked on any snow coming down the normal route.
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