For you experienced hikers/climbers/mountaineers out there, I need your advice. I'm a recent newcomer to mountaineering and am trying to get geared up appropriately to handle a couple of climbs that we have in the plans.
Specifically, I'm looking at buying a new boot and need your advice. The first mountain I'm looking to tackle is Mt Shasta which I understand requires crampons (Avalanche Gulch). The second is Mt Rainier. Third could be Mt Elbert. Fourth could be Denali and last be Mt Kilimanjaro.
I'm trying to find what type of boot I should add to the mix. I currently have a pair of Asolo AFX 535s which I just used for summitting Mt. Whitney and use for general backpacking/hiking. I'm thinking that for the above mountains, the lack of waterproofness and lack of crampon mounts will make these unusable. Thoughts?
There seems to be a wide range in-between a boot like the Asolo AFX and the full-on plastic boots with fixed crampons. I've looked at the Sportiva Glacier boot, the Salomon ice boots, the Koflach, and a few others. I prefer the leather based as they seem to be more comfortable and crampon compatible but could be used for normal backpacking. As I mentioned earlier, I'm looking for some guidance on what would be a good product fit for the listed mountains.
Thanks in advance for your advice!