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May 2005

Footwear Review: Gear for Rainier

Stop dreaming, start planning with our top tips and picks for boots and gaiters

Is there a hiker in America who doesn’t want to climb Mt. Rainier? Apparently not, judging by the avalanche of applications we received for our 10th annual Be a Gear Tester Contest. We took the winners there last August, outfitted them from gloves to gaiters, and put them through mountaineering boot camp. Result? They all topped out at 14,410 feet under sunny skies–proving that any fit hiker with good gear and a break in the weather can climb Mt. Rainier.

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