Gear Question

Question from aspiring mountaineer...

I'm...

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Question from aspiring mountaineer...

I'm looking to start doing some winter camping and mountaineering. In all likelihood, I'll do very little ice climbing. I plan to mostly climb California 14er's, Colorado 14er's, Rainier, Mexican Volcanoes, and Cotapoxi. If I can handle the altitude and cold well, I would love to someday climb Aconcagua and Denali. I know that I'll need a double plastic boot like the Scarpa Inverno on Aconcagua and Denali, but which boot would be a better as an all around mountaineering boot on the mountains mentioned above and all of the training in between? La Sportiva Nepal EVO GTX or the Scarpa Mont Blanc GTX? Something else? Assuming the fit works, I'm leaning towards Nepals since I see them recommended by numerous reputable guide companies. Thoughts?

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Try them on and see what fits, the Nepal and the Mont Blanc are made on different last so they will fit different feet. Other than that they are extremely similar boots. Fit is the most important factor in selecting mountaineering boots.

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Hi Mat, I leave a few miles away from Aconcagua, right in the middle of the Andes. You don't need a Scarpa Inverno to go to Aconcagua, unless you do the South face, the Polish glacier, or do it in the winter time... You can go with a double plastic boot, but they are kind of heavy...

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Agree on the fit factor. I bought the Scarpa because I have a fairly wide foot. I've been very happy with them in very similar conditions.

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Fit is most important. Your feet will be more comfortable and warmer in something that fits well. Fit changes by brand so try them all on, and dont forget to try them on with the socks you plan on using. Don't try to guess what the fit will be like with mountaineering socks on, take the socks with you. Wear them around the store for a long time, walk every isle. Definately spend alot of time finding the right boot. Never look at the price tag until you've found the boot that fits.