/ Technical Approach Shoe
Either will do. This may sound funny but think about if you tend towards smearing or edging when climbing in rock shoes. When I did the greater cullin traverse with a friend he swore by his scarpa approach shoes, (but he is quite a smeary rock climber,) and I swore by my original la sportive trangos, (a light weight alpine climbing boot,) because you can edge in them more effectivly.
Both these options were reasonably light though, which I think on sky is the key as you will spend most of your time walking. If you're mountaineering boots are 'sturdy' B2 or B3 I'd go with approach shoes, or even fell runnning shoes and comfy rock boots for the route. (I haven't yet done the Duhb Ridge so I fully expect somebody to come along and shoot this last suggestion down in flames, but I've done this in the Alps.)
I'd experiment on a few scrambles and easy climbs in a variety of conditions before going so as to see what suits you best. And bear in mind that the descent takes in some pretty gnarly and possibly wet terrain.
Sounds good. Don't forget to get a feel for moving on slabs.
Tower Ridge if the winter snow strips quickly in the spring, (it can easily still have a reasonable amount of snow on it in late may / Early June.)
If you are a climber, i would personally recommend either of these three
Shoes from la sportiva.
Tango light low approach shoe(as the name suggests built on the same model as their tango boot)
These are what I used to use.very good reasonably priced and comfortable for a long walk in.used them on the in pin, curved ridge, the aonach eagagh.
Also La sportiva Boulder x.much the same as above but will suit some one with a narrower foot.( my dad uses these)
And I have just bought a pair of La Sportiva Ghanda guide.
These really are the dogs nuts,
They are a hybrid between an approach shoe and a climbing shoe.and are the missing link. Between shoe and boot.
As yet I have not worn them out as only got them from Santa.however from wearing them around town and to the wall and stuff.they are extremely comfortable,they are perfect for edging as they have a stiffened sole and are made using sticky rubber on the sole and rand.so grip wise they are outstanding.
You can wear them with the footbed to walk in and then remove it to climb to get a better fit.
I have worn boots on the the cuillin in summer personally I found them too clumpy i prefer to feel the rock through my feet,so I wear trainers.
I understand everyone is different,so it will be a personal decision.
I hope this helps
I thought with the Gandas you're supposed to use them without the footbed for the approach, then put it in to reduce the volume and make them more snug and responsive on rock?
Mine will get here tomorrow - I hope they fit!
Anyone have any comments on the Trango Evo S or the Trango Guide GTX ? Or any La Sportiva models in particular ? I'm looking for something that will do me after Skye aswell which will mainly be in other British Mountain enviroments.
I have the trango s evo boots, not used them a lot in anger yet (only had them a few weeks) but they are incredibly comfortable. I have slightly wide feet and they fit fine. Excellent quality build as you would expect and seem to fit my grivel airtech crampons well enough, though wouldn't say they'd make an excellent winter climbing boot....
A million billion times better than my old scarpa mantas!
Believe me Dan, If my Asolo Fugitives weren't so narrow it would be them that would be going to Skye with me !
There's nowhere quite like Skye - either for the rock or the range of conditions, so I'd suggest going up there with an open mind and gaining experience on easier scrambles. The new Skye scrambles guide is superb.
As to boots/shoes - I'd be going for footwear that gives me maximum flexibility, something that I could walk, scramble, and attach a pair of crampons to. There's a reason why approach shoes have only existed for the last 10-15 years: they aren't strictly necessary for any form of mountain activity whereas boots and rock shoes are!
I've been looking at the Scarpa Cristallo as a good allrounder and would do me after aswell !
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