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#55943 - 08/12/19 09:48 AM October footwear for day trip to Whitney
soop Offline

Registered: 08/06/19
Posts: 13
Loc: SF
Doing a day hike in early October.

Any suggestions for footwear? Based on what I've read, I suppose it will be cold (possibly at or below freezing).

I haven't done much hiking in the cold (except some snowshoeing and hike-to snowboarding). I'm unsure between:

1. Standard hiking boots - already have a good pair that are broken in. Not really winter boots but they're definitely too warm in regular weather (so perhaps ok in cold weather?)

2. Waterproof trail running shoes - already have. Can get gaiters if needed.

3. Winter hiking boots - don't have and don't really want to buy just for one trip if I can avoid it

I generally prefer hiking in trail running shoes, but I can put up with boots if that would be better.

Mainly concerned about being warm enough, my feet not sweating.

I think there will be minimal, if any, snow - b/c if there's a lot, i'll ditch the trip laugh Will bring microspikes if there's any snow on the trail. Of course it's fairly warm now so hard to test things out until I get much closer (Sept).

Any advice? thanks!

#55944 - 08/12/19 09:59 AM Re: October footwear for day trip to Whitney [Re: soop]
bobpickering Offline

Registered: 02/07/10
Posts: 464
Loc: Reno, Nevada
Take the standard hiking boots. If there is any snow, it probably wonít be consolidated enough for MICROspikes, let alone crampons, to make any difference.

#55977 - 08/13/19 11:32 PM Re: October footwear for day trip to Whitney [Re: soop]
StorminMatt Offline

Registered: 06/20/19
Posts: 47
Loc: Norcal
Take the trail runners. Boots arenít worth the weight or discomfort.

#56054 - 08/20/19 01:11 PM Re: October footwear for day trip to Whitney [Re: StorminMatt]
AdventureUSA Offline

Registered: 07/09/19
Posts: 23
Loc: Santa Monica, CA
x2 on trail runners. Did the Mountaineers Route last October in them and will be doing the same next month.