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Graeme Finley
(gfinley001) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
Boots for Shasta on 04/12/2009 12:54:25 MDT Print View

I'm considering climbing Shasta this year. I haven't owned a pair of boots for years, since I do all my backpacking in trailrunners, even in winter, and am trying to decide how much of a mountaineering boot I'd need to do the Avalanche Gulch route in late June. Would a regular backpacking boot (w/crampons of course) suffice, or would I need a more specialized mountaineering boot?

Cali Terrasas
(cal429258) - F

Locale: So Cal
Shasta on 04/16/2009 07:37:36 MDT Print View

I would wear a regular hiking boot.
When I did Shasta last year in July I used a Mt. boot and
Man it was just to much weight on the feet. The wind was what made it cold of course but there was much more rock then snow. I used my crampons for only a short little bit that could have been avoided if I wanted to.
If I were doing it again I would just get some comfortable boots. Especially walking down hill.
Hope this helps
Be safe and have fun

Charles Grier
(Rincon) - M

Locale: Desert Southwest
Boots for Shasta on 04/18/2009 15:36:20 MDT Print View

I agree, backpacking boots will do just fine. I don't recommend it at all but once, sort of by necessity, I climbed Shasta using running shoes and a set of instep crampons. It worked but I wouldn't do it again. My feet got cold, wet, and sore where the crampons were tied on.

cameron eibl
(cjeibl) - F

Locale: San Diego
Boots for Shasta on 04/18/2009 19:36:57 MDT Print View

I just finished a climb of Shasta via casaval ridge on Friday. I used nepals but my friend used his backpacking boots and aluminum crampons and did fine. Conditions were icy. So getting by on avy gulch later in the season with reasonably stiff boots should be easy. But if you do not already own backpacking boots you would probably be better off getting a B2 boot because your footing will be more secure and you can use them for steeper and icier routes. Something like the trango s paired with grivel air tech light or another aluminum 12point hybrid with anti balling plates would be what I would choose.

Edited by cjeibl on 04/18/2009 19:42:37 MDT.

Julian Plamann
(julianp) - F

Locale: San Francisco
Shasta on 01/30/2010 01:17:24 MST Print View

I went part way up as a side trip on my PCT thru-hike this summer. The others I was with reached the summit. We all had trail running shoes, shorts and trekking poles. No crampons, ice axes or boots and didn't have any issues.