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  • Writer's picturePascale Marceau

Warm Tootsies? √ Check

Dry & spacious boots are the ticket to avoiding frostbite and coming home with 10 healthy toes!

Our layers comprise of, from the inside out:

· Wool liner sock

· Vapour barrier liner – a heavy-duty maple sap bag 50₵

· Heavyweight Canada-made Thermohair Inc. sock

· Mountaineering double boot @boots.boreal G1 lite, @Lasportivana Spantik · Neoprene overboot @fortybelowltd

· Crampons @petzl_official Lynx

The vapour barrier, just like in the sleep system is key to keeping the outer insulating sock and boot dry. No need to sleep with boot liners in your bag, just never get them moist, that means don’t ever bring your boots in the tent overnight! In extreme cold, one way to mitigate cold feet in rigid mountaineering boots is to loosen the laces when not on technical terrain and only synch them on the technical segments. Also, select a boot that is one or two sizes bigger. This way you can add an extra insulted insole and extra thick wool socks - always ensuring you have PLENTY of space to wiggle your toes. We opted for technical Petzl Lynx crampons instead of mountaineering crampons. They are slightly heavier, but with their more aggressive front points, they bring confidence if we encounter a technical crux pitch.

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