by Tinman27 » Wed Jun 06, 2012 2:46 am
by JHH60 » Wed Jun 06, 2012 7:07 pm
by Joseph Bullough » Wed Jun 06, 2012 7:37 pm
by Tinman27 » Wed Jun 06, 2012 10:39 pm
Joseph Bullough wrote:I don't mean to sound skeptical, but with all due respect, if you are just getting in to mountaineering, then it seems the Whitney Mountaineers Route in Winter may be a bit ambitious. There are many other lesser routes to familiarize yourself with gear, before moving on to more committing routes like the MR.
by kevin trieu » Thu Jun 07, 2012 12:06 am
by Tinman27 » Thu Jun 07, 2012 1:02 am
kevin trieu wrote:how about an old pair of Koflach Expe or Degree? i bet you can find a used one for less than $100. and if your feet are 10.5, you can borrow mine.
by kevin trieu » Thu Jun 07, 2012 1:36 am
by JHH60 » Thu Jun 07, 2012 2:26 am
by Tinman27 » Thu Jun 07, 2012 3:06 am
JHH60 wrote:+1 to what Kevin said. Several years ago I took a six day alpine ice climbing class on Mt. Baker with a guy who used Salomon leather boots and overboots. We were on snow and glacier for most of the time so he was actually hiking and climbing in crampons (strapped on the overboots) and got away with it, but the overboots would have been a problem if he'd had to spend any time on rock. My feet were more comfortable and ice climbing was easier in my double boots (Scarpa Omegas). And while he had to put his sweat-dampened boots in the bottom of his sleeping bag every night to keep them from freezing, I just put my liners in mine (they were mostly dry anyway since they're closed cell foam).
Which brings me to another suggestion - if you like the Scarpa fit you might try to find a pair of Omegas. My Omegas are actually lighter than my insulated leather boots (Nepal Evos) and are pretty comfortable and nimble for a plastic boot. You can sometimes find them cheap online.
Make sure whatever you get fits well. A great deal on a boot isn't worth it if the boot doesn't fit. Andy Kirkpatrick has a good article on mountain boot selection:
by JHH60 » Thu Jun 07, 2012 4:34 am
by Tinman27 » Thu Jun 07, 2012 5:21 am
by JHH60 » Thu Jun 07, 2012 4:54 pm
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