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question Is Arcteryx Acrux Boot Warm Enough for Denali

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I am in the planning stages for a 2019 Denali ascent with a group.  I own the Acrux, but have only used them ice climbing, a cold day on mt hood, and a warm day on Rainier.  I was wondering if anyone has experience or knowledge if they will handle the cold temps of Denali?  I sure would like to use these as opposed to my old plastic boots.

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Could be warm enough, depends on the style and time that you'll be up there. I would say if you're going in June, and are fit and confident enough to climb to and from the summit quickly they very well could be perfect. If you are planning a trip where you'll stay at 17 camp and be on a rope team the whole time, and therefore more limited in your ability to turn around and be back in camp quickly if your toes get cold, I'd say you might consider going for a different set of doubles. Whatever boot you choose to go with, make sure it's comfortable! You'll be spending a lot of time in them, and tender toes are not fun or worth it. I stupidly brought a pair of boots that were warm, but didn't fit my feet very well. I made it back to 14 camp with screaming feet, and once I removed my socks, found that I had a silver dollar sized blood blister on the bottom of each of my big toes. Wore my (also ill fitting) ski boots for the rest of the trip. 

 

Bottom line is they're on the lighter side of warm, and denali can be a very cold place.

Edited by keenwesh

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