What is the difference between a hiking...
What is the difference between a hiking and a mountaineering boot?No glacier but trails in alps are more usual fare.
Mountaineering boots are usually a bit stiffer having a 3/4 or full length shank, and are also crampon compatabile in some way. Generally speaking mountaineering boots are a wee bit burlier than hiking boots, and hence a little bit heavier. A good compromise would be a La Sportiva Trango S.