/ Any tips?: Winter boots for crampons/skis
a) Hike two pairs of boots up the mountain
b) Do my mountaineering in ski boots...
b) will probs be your best bet, skiing in B3s isnt much fun however silvretta 404/500/505 bindings will take them
See the multitude of previous threads on the subject of footwear for ski mountaineering.
As Dave said... However, are we talking about a downhill ski set up here or do you have a touring set up? If it's the former you could look at:
However, they are designed to convert a downhill set up (boot and binding) to small amounts of touring. They are a poor substituion to the real thing so adding a walking/climbing boot into the equation could be quite nasty (the ride is very high comparison to a proper set up so I really don't fancy it).
I'd say option b is prob best though there are many others on here with much more experience than I to answer this
For steep alpine snow/ice routes, ski mountaineering boots are actually pretty good. In fact, for some, they are actually the footwear of choice for continually steep routes like those on the North Face of the Doites as they provide masses of ankle support.
I hired some skis for the approach when I did the Chere Couloir on Mont Blanc du Tacul one year and I had no problems at all ice climbing in a pair of Scarpa Denali.
Sounds like ski touring to me
The bindings on these (http://www.needlesports.com/Catalogue/Winter-Climbing-Equipment/Snow-Equipment/Snow-Shoes/SnowVentur... might be OK, don't know if they are sold separately. Thought Salewa or similar made bindings that took snow board boots but couldn't find tham in a quick search, did find these though - http://madshus.com/skis/snow-pup-ski-1213
In that case just walk.
I climb in my ski touring boots in the Alps in winter. To be honest I find them quite useable particularly on ice but walking downhill in crampons can sometimes be a pain. A friend in Cham (Jon Griffith) skis and climbs in Spantiks. He had written an article on here somewhere about it. Hard mixed would probably be easier but as I not a mega hard climber I have yet to really try skiing in my Spantiks. I suspect Mantas would not be very good for a few reasons; firstly warmth both skiing and climbing and secondly stiffness. I once climbed Scottish tech 6 in my Mantas but I wouldn't imagine they would be anything less than an ankle or knee injury on waiting on skis (neither releasing very well nor providing sufficient support to ski well). Invest in decent fitted ski touring boots and it will be better for both sports!
P.S. don't waste your money on Silveretta binding either get Fritschi or Marker if you aren't much of a skier or Dynafit if you are!
Buy a pair of cheap snowblades. Anything else is probably a waste of your time and likely to break your ankles.
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