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Gear Review: Scarpa Mont Blanc GTX Mountaineering Boots

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Scarpa Mont Blanc GTX

Scarpa Mont Blanc GTX mountaineering boots.

Mountaineering Boots
Scarpa Mont Blanc GTX
$480, 4 lbs. 1 oz. (mondo 25/men’s US 6.5/Euro 39)
Sizes: men’s US 6-13/Euro 39-46, women’s US 6-12/Euro 37-43

For my 15-year-old son’s first technical mountain climb, a four-day, April ascent of the Mountaineers Route on California’s Mount Whitney—where we’d face conditions ranging from hot alpine sun to frigid winds, and be walking in snow with crampons for nearly the entire four days—I wanted to put him in a pair of all-around mountaineering boots that would feel comfortable for miles of hiking, handle the “technical” terrain of a moderately steep snow gully, hold a crampon reliably, and keep his feet warm. I decided on a proven performer that would serve virtually any climbing adventures on glaciers, snow, or ice: the Mont Blanc GTX. Continue reading →

May 26, 2016 Near high base camp below Mount Whitney's East Face.

Review: Gear For Climbing Mount Whitney

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By Michael Lanza

For our spring ascent of the Mountaineers Route on California’s 14,505-foot Mount Whitney—highest peak in the Lower 48—my 15-year-old son (in lead photo, above, approaching our high camp below Whitney’s East Face) and I used technical gear that you would use on many classic snow and glacier routes up peaks from Cascade Range volcanoes like Shasta, Hood, and Rainier to Mount Olympus, the Tetons, and the Alps. Here are my from-the-mountain observations about the gear that got us up and down Whitney, including backpacks, a mountaineering tent and boots, climbing hardware, super warm sleeping systems, and technical apparel. Continue reading →

May 24, 2016 South Fork Cascade Canyon, Teton Crest Trail, Grand Teton National Park.

Ask Me: What Boots Do You Recommend For Ankle Support and Breathability?

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We just returned from a weeklong camping trip in Acadia National Park. We did a ton of hiking, and my older Keen Targhee IIs have finally bit the dust. So I’m in the market for new boots. I read all your articles and reviews on boots, but most of the reviews were for mid-cut boots, which usually don’t give me enough ankle support. Over the past few years I’ve sprained both ankles twice (never while hiking). I am deathly afraid of rolling an ankle again, so I wear ankle supports on both ankles whenever I’m hiking anything other than solid, relatively flat trails. The problem is the supports make the heat inside the boot almost unbearable; I have to take off the boots constantly to cool my feet.

I’m looking for a midweight boot that goes higher up on my ankle and still breathes as much as possible. But the most important factor for me is ankle support; I’ll deal with a little more heat as long as I can ditch the ankle supports. Continue reading →

Gear Review: Scarpa Proton GTX Shoes

May 18, 2016  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,   |   Leave a comment
Scarpa Proton GTX

Scarpa Proton GTX

Hiking/Trail Running Shoes
Scarpa Proton GTX
$169, 1 lb. 7 oz. (men’s Euro 42/US 9)
Sizes: men’s Euro 39-47, 48, women’s 37-41

Everyone wants ultralight footwear for all manner of outdoor adventures these days, from light hiking and ultra-hikes to trail running and ultralight backpacking. Bonus if you can scramble a peak in them. I feel the same way. But that kind of hybrid shoe can be a challenging find. I put some trail miles on Scarpa’s new Proton GTX, a low-cut, waterproof-breathable trail runner that crosses over to hiking, and found it packs a heap of performance and versatility into one of the lightest pieces of outdoor footwear you’ll find. Continue reading →

Ask Me: What Boots Do You Recommend For Treks in the Alps and Scottish Highlands?

March 23, 2016  |  In Ask Me, Backpacking, Gear Reviews, International Adventures   |   Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   |   2 Comments
My wife, Penny, trekking the Europaweg (Europe Trail) in the Swiss Alps.

My wife, Penny, trekking the Europaweg (Europe Trail) in the Swiss Alps.

[ML Note: I received the following two similar questions from readers, and the boots recommendations given in each response would apply to both.]

Dear Michael,

I am a subscriber of your blog. I really enjoy your posts and value your opinion. I’ve undertaken a number of long hikes in Europe. I’ve always used heavy boots and I want to hear your opinion on the use of lightweight boots. This summer, a group of people very close to me will join me on Scotland’s West Highland Way (152 km). I frequently use your tips and experiences to prepare them in relation to the needed gear (as it will be the first time for all of them) and fitness preparation. I am considering La Sportiva Core High GTX. Would you recommended it for a hike carrying about eight kilos? My second option is the Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX. I am of course open to recommendations. I would be grateful if I could have your opinion.

Thank you in advance,

Nicosia, Cyprus Continue reading →

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