/ Island peak boot dilemma
doing Island Peak this October and the boot dilemma is driving me crackers. Thinking of Phantom 6000's, but really pricey. The Phantom guide is around £100 less, but will these be warm enough...or do I really need plastics??
Be great if i could continue to use them for Scottish winter/alpine.
I'm a female with size 7/41 feet, so not all boots are available to me.
Anyone whose been, preferably in the autumn season, I would be grateful of your experience.
Thanks in advance
Yes it takes the price up to a notch over the 6000s but you can sell on the overgaiter afterwards and keep the Guides for Scottish winter. Just another option...
If the weathers poor it can b v cold, plus most women run colder then men, so do not take a chance with ur boots as it may ruin ur climb.
One more thing, at altitude simple things become difficult, so wearing boots and gaitors will add a faff factor which will need practice to become 2nd nature.
Best bet is to try several pairs out & see what fits.
tho in may, i did it a pair of single boots (scarpa cerro torres) with no problem, and we were up there over night as well.
doubles would be nice, but certainly not ncessary.
You'll easily sell them on when you get back, so you'll recover a fair bit of the costs if you run out of cash! Phantoms overkill for Scottish winter, maybe?
I have been up IP three times now. IP in October I have found to be fairly warm. I think the Guides with some nice socks would be suitable. That sun is on you fairly early on IP and would have to be a brutal October day to need Phantom 6,000s. The first time I climbed IP in October my biggest problem was heat stroke .I wore too much and was simply melting by the time I hit the summit ridge.
In saying all that the 6,000's will mean you will have no concernes whatsoever and you can attempt the summit in more marginal conditions. Good luck
when you weigh up the amount of hours worn against cost, makes for very expensive boots! Though my toes are priceless!! Just wanna be warm and comfy, it could make or break the trip, and its taken a lot of saving for!
The problem with buying a pair of boots for markedly different things is that you often end up with boots that do not do anything well!
If you buy a pair of alpine boots and use an overgaiter, then you still need the boots to be a bit larger than normal to allow extra wiggle room. This may limit their suitability for more difficult alpine climbing. On the other hand a pair of double plastics will be fine for IP but I would not care to use them for anything other than easy, or perhaps winter, alpine stuff.
I agree with Radson that IP can be pretty hot. The normal route stays on the eastern slopes and then the ridge to the top. I have also done IP twice. On the normal route I used Evos and overgaiters. On the North Ridge I used Asolo 8000s. Both worked for me.
If you are unlikely to return to 5000m+ peaks, then perhaps renting plastics in KTM might be the best option. Talk to your trekking company about sizes. Renting also means that you do not make a loss on plastics that you cannot use because you have altitude problems.
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