Mountaineering success begins with proper footwear.


No piece of gear is more critical to summiting high peaks than footwear.
A great mountaineering boot fills countless roles: it must offer
support while carrying heavy loads, grip confidently over slick rock and
snow, keep your feet warm when the mercury dips, and allow for the
attachment of crampons and skis. But most importantly, it must instill
trust and confidence. Our picks for the best mountaineering boots of
2018 below are broken down into three categories: extreme cold/high
altitude boots for the world’s tallest mountains, 4-season technical
alpine boots for keeping your feet warm while moving fast and light, and
lightweight mountaineering boots for less technical and lower elevation
routes. Here is a great resource when gearing up for your next elevated adventure...