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Kilimanjaro GTX Boot

Ecco Kilimanjaro Boot

Everybody always asks me what kind of boots you should have on Kilimanjaro. Really – it’s a matter of preference as long as they are waterproof. I have seen people in cross trainers, tennis shoes – and even Tevas. It also really depends where on the mountain you are, the time of year, and if you are comfortable with walking in boots for a week solid.

While I can’t vouch for these boots that are named Kilimanjaro GTX, they do look like a boot that would last a lifetime and be suitable for climbing Kilimanjaro. Although $200 is average, a bit expensive, you generally know in this price range that you are going to get something durable that is going to last for a long time. Remember, when you buy a boot, it takes a long time to break in, at least with leather ones. Don’t buy a boot two months before your climb. Buy one eight to six months in advance and try to use on regular basis, so your foot doesn’t get hacked on the mountain.

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By Peter Baxter | Permalink | 2 comments | May 9th, 2007
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By AJ Feeney-Ruiz | July 13th, 2007

On footware, here is my dillemma…

I have spent essentially the entire summer wearing one of two types of shoes – a pair of Chaco sandals, and a pair of low-top, gore-tex, Merrell Chameleons that I use only when I’m in for a ‘rougher’ hike. I literally have done everything from swim on the rocky beaches of Croatia, played basketball, and climbed the hardcore Simitai portion of the Great Wall of China wearing my Chacos. I realize wearing Chacos on Kilimanjaro isn’t the greatest idea, however I was wondering if my Merrells would fit the bill. I don’t have the time (or the weight capacity in my round-the-world pack) to break in new trekking boots before my early September climb, but my Merrells are pretty well broken in and I will only be carrying a day pack really.

Thus my question, “Would it be better to just wear the Merrells, liner socks, and good wool socks to climb Kili, or should I try to find a pair of Trekking boots and break them in over the course of a few weeks?” There Merrells breath, have Vibram soles, and are waterproof, they just don’t have ankle support. Maybe I could tape up my feet and ankles in the mornings and untape them at night? Please help!

By AJ Feeney-Ruiz | July 13th, 2007

Two more things, the Merrells are drawstring (no laces) and I’ll be doing the Machame route.


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