I'll be on Mt. Buckner (9,000) in late July. It's a glacier approach and then steep snow, rock. For footwear, the company states:
"Mountaineering specific leather boots are the preferred choices for ascents in the North Cascades. Because of the amount of good rock climbing found on the West Ridge route, some climbers also bring a pair of rock shoes with them. A good compromise to carrying two sets of foot wear is one of the lightweight mountaineering boots made today designed for both rock and ice. These boots are sturdy enough for kicking steps and holding a crampon while also having sticky rubber and a good feel for the rock. Lightweight hiking boots are not acceptable as they don't work well with crampons, or in very cold or wet weather."
"The 10 to 12 point adjustable crampons designed for general mountaineering are ideal. Rigid frame crampons designed for technical ice climbing are not recommended."
My winter boots are La Sportiva Baruntses, which are heavy and big, and my crampons are either some 1990 BDs (good on glaciers) or Grivels for technical ice. Any suggestions? I'd love not to have to spend a lot of money on new gear. Mt feet are 9 1/2.