I wore my winter boots the other day on the Cairngorms. They are a bit heavier but they allow me to walk across hard snow with care. I had my crampons and axe with me as well as the Cairngorm plateau is renown for ice. In the end all was good. As I was on steep ground the winter boots gave me a lot of assurance. I did not need my crampons but on the harder snow I could easily kick in my winter boots .
So many folk are using very lightweight boots in winter but if the hills are icy they will have a hard time or even worse. Most love there summer boots there light and comfortable yet sadly many of the soles on the boots are worn badly. When was the last time you checked the soles ? This can be dangerous on hard snow or steep wet or frozen grass. Some find it’s hard to get a pair of winter boots that you feel comfortable in. They can be costly but there is plenty of advice out there on what to buy. Go to a reputable outdoor shop and get advice ensure you have crampons that fit and try them out. Go out with someone of good winter experience and learn all you can. The winter is a wonderful time to enjoy the hills but you need to be ready for winter days.
My friend Neil Reid highlighted this information about winter mountaineering.
Neil wrote “ I have seen a few folk asking what boots (and crampons) they’ll need for winter. Truth is you can be lucky and get off with all sorts of things, but you can’t rely on luck in the mountains in winter. It only takes one bit of unexpected ice or awkward terrain – maybe even after you’ve decided to retreat – and you can be in trouble.
So it’s best to play safe – and it’s also warmer and more comfortable, and if your feet feel warm and your grip secure, you’re far more likely to enjoy your day.”