Boots for the Mountains

August 14, 2017

A data dump about being well shod.

A review by Guy Cotter, CEO of Adventure Consultants.

If you took a look into my gear storage area you’d see that I have accumulated such an array of alpine footwear that I could be accused of suffering the same disorder as Imelda Marcos. She was famous for responding to accusations of having three thousand pairs of shoes with the retort 'I don’t have three thousand pairs of shoes, I only have one thousand and sixty!’

No doubt Imelda could justify her trove of shoes as being an absolute necessity for the First Lady of the Philippines, just as I justify my own collection of alpine footwear. But in all seriousness, I can justify my boot fetish because the one item of gear that connects us to the terrain is our boots, and as there just isn’t one set of boots that you can use for every occasion, we, therefore need lots of them! (I’ve clearly convinced myself of that if you hadn’t noticed) My own quiver includes trekking boots, base camp boots, extreme cold weather polar boots, light alpine boots, bivvy boots, boots for ascents up to 6000m, and boots specific for 8000m peaks...

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