Dow Williams wrote:Your partner will be using full strap on. That Garmont Vetta boot has no crampon welt, toe or heal. Full strap crampons that you need for any ice or snow on those two mountains are pretty cheap. These are very easy routes technically speaking. Even the north face of Athabasca, another easy classic, requires nothing special in the way of crampons. I fear your main concern will be keeping up with your partner on a pace that makes everyone happy, with large boots compared to what he is wearing. I have climbed most of the mountains in the Canadian Rockies, and never wear boots of that size. The approaches (and descents on your pocket book) will make you wish you had not. If you are using helis, who cares about money, pride, weight or being practical at that point. But that boot your partner is using (I prefer the "Lite", has a better climbing edge) is my go to boot for that kind of climbing. I climb 5.9 in them. Exceptional and much less expensive than these other boots. Buy that boot and inexpensive full strap crampons and you will be way ahead, both comfort and money and practicality for other adventures. Good Luck.
Dow Williams wrote:The Garmont Vetta Lite, it is my boot of choice for the Bugaboos as well. Very light, but stiff. As a pro deal, less than $100. Have seen them retail for that much as well on sale. REI, Prob twice that.
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