Ice Climbing Crampons
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A crampon is a device used for ice climbing or mountaineering over ice or steep snow fields. They are made to fit special ice climbing boots or welted mountaineering boots for attaching. Crampons can be made of a steel or aluminum frame with 12 to 14 points designed to stick into the ice or packed snow. The points are angled in such a way to give the best grip on the ice. For ice climbing, the front row of points angle slightly downward. The next row are angled slightly forward, toward the toe. This provides the climber the best angles for front pointing. However, if the use of the crampons is for mountaineering, the points are straight down. This provides better traction for traversing packed snow and the type of terrain encountered in mountaineering. Crampons designed for mountaineering, snow and glacier are not good for ice climbing for this reason.
Types of Crampons
- Rigid crampons. A rigid crampon is best for ice climbing. The rigid frame is better for front pointing, an essential technique for ice climbing. Front pointing is an ice climbing technique used to stick the crampon and climb an ice face. The points of the crampon face forward in two rows at the toe of the boot.
- Hinged crampons. Hinged crampons bend in the same way a shoe bends while walking. This is the preferred type of crampon for mountaineering and traversing relatively level frozen and icy terrain.
This is a situation that occurs when snow is packed and freezes at the toe or around the points of the crampon. It is a problem because it prevents the crampon's points from sticking into the ice far enough to get a good grip. The ice climber must use the ice tool to knock off the loose snow has he climbs to prevent accumulation. Many crampons have shaped slabs made of flexible plastic called anti-balling plates. The plastic is a hydrophobic material that prevents snow and ice from sticking.
From icy city pavements to slippery river beds, the Hillsound FreeSteps6 Crampon offer durable, ultra-light traction performance to those needing a simple anti-slip aid for outdoor activities. Utilizing high-quality stainless steel chains and spikes, the new FreeSteps6 is a solid choice to support your...
The Hillsound Cypress6 Crampon is a six-point instep cleat perfect for non-technical trekking on snow, ice or glaciers. Utilizing a simple ratchet buckle, the Cypress6 bindings make it easy to take the crampon on and off quickly. There is also an easy-to-use width adjuster making the Cypress winter traction...
The Hillsound Trail Crampon is a necessity for added traction when out hiking on the local trails or deep in the backcountry. Tested on the trails of the Himalayas, the Hillsound Trail Crampon is guaranteed to handle diverse winter terrain and weather conditions. Utilizing an ergonomic plate system,...
111972 Features: Ideal for spring mountaineering to instantly installed on your bindings, these crampons grab steep, icy slopes Pack these along for when your skins won't stick to you'll have them clipped in and be moving again in no time Specifications: Width (mm): 92
Hillsound Trail PRO Crampon Traction Device
10-point crampon for glacier and snow travel.
Black Diamond Contact Strap Crampon
For general mountaineering, icy bootpacks, or mountain treks that include snow or glacier travel, the Black Diamond Contact Strap Crampon gives you durable, lightweight dependability. Black Diamond designed the Contact with stainless steel for low weight and to ward off rusting.
Ultralight Combi Crampons
Sale Price: $119.96
The Combi benefits from a Zytel plastic "Scottish-Toe," making this crampon compatible with any semi-ridged boot. Adjusts quickly and easily for different sized boots or multiple users.
Black Diamond Contact Strap Crampons with ABS Plates
Compact and easy to use, the 10-point Black Diamond Contact strap-on crampons are optimized for general mountaineering, backcountry skiing and glacier walking.
Black Diamond Sabretooth Clip Crampons
Sale Price: $134.96
Not only is the Sabretooth Black Diamond's best all-around crampon, but its stainless steel design gives you lighter weight and higher durability than previous incarnations of this crampon, as well as added protection from rusting and snowballing. The heel clip and flexible toe strap accommodate...
Black Diamond Cyborg Pro Crampons
Sale Price: $149.96
Designed for technical ice routes and steep mixed climbing, the Black Diamond Cyborg Pro Crampons feature a lightweight stainless steel design that enhances durability and protects against rusting and snowballing.
Black Diamond Cyborg Clip Crampons
Sale Price: $149.96
The Black Diamond Cyborg Clip Crampons' movable front points give you the versatility to handle anything from WI6 pillars to M10 roofs to three-day alpine routes. This technical crampon's adjustable, hooded front points are backed up by aggressive secondary points for added stability on steep...
Grivel G-12 New-Matic Crampons with Antibott Device
These classic 12-point crampons are designed for general mountaineering, mixed climbing and moderate ice climbing.
Black Diamond Sabretooth Pro Step-In Crampons with ABS Plates
The all-around Black Diamond Sabretooth Pro Step-In crampons are suitable for everything from glacier climbing to swinging tools on alpine ice.
Black Diamond Sabretooth Crampons
Black Diamond's best all-around crampon, the Sabretooth features a lightweight stainless steel design. Equally at home on Denali as climbing in Ouray, the Sabretooth features horizontal frontpoints to provide stability in snow, penetrate alpine ice, run up waterfall ice and hold rock edges securely....
Petzl Sarken Crampons
Technical mountaineering crampon (new version has been modified to improve the durability). The SARKEN is the crampon for anybody headed out into variable, mixed terrain. The 4x4 of crampons. The "T" shaped front points are designed for excellent penetration in hard ice and stable front pointing...
Black Diamond Cyborg Pro Crampons
The Black Diamond Cyborg is a high-end ice and mixed climbing crampon with a lightweight stainless steel design. Optimized for steep waterfall ice, mixed climbing or hard mountain routes, the Cyborg's semi-rigid design offers maximum control for precise placement with minimal weight. Used in mono-...
Petzl Sarken Leverlock Crampons
Updated with structural reinforcements and a new heat-treatment process to improve strength and durability, the Petzl Sarken Leverlock crampons are ideal for adventures in mixed terrain.
Black Diamond Stinger Crampons
Designed to tackle serious ice and mixed lines on winter crags and alpine faces the world over, the Black Diamond Stinger is its lightweight stainless steel crampon with a replaceable monopoint. An asymmetrical design fits the contours of modern mountain boots, and thin, low-profile heel and toe wires...
Black Diamond Serac Stainless Steel Crampon (2010)
The Black Diamond Serac is a versatile 12-point crampon for alpine climbing featuring Black Diamond's lightweight stainless steel design. Designed for moderate technical terrain, the Serac has strong frontpoints that climb steep snow efficiently and penetrate ice with ease. The substantial secondary...
Camp USA Stalker Universal Crampons
FEATURES of the Camp USA Stalker Universal Crampons Our best-selling crampons Universal bindings fit most mountaineering and hiking boots Easy size adjustment requires no tools Carrying case and Vibram anti-balling plates included Striking new colors coordinate with the traditional Neve ice axe SPECIFICATIONS...
Petzl Crab 6 Instep Crampons
6 point crampons for moving on talus and snow- or ice-covered slopes.
Black Diamond Contact Strap Stainless Steel Crampon
The Black Diamond Contact Strap stainless steel crampon is designed for ice and snow travel. Its light weight but durable construction makes it ideal for mountaineers, skiers, and hikers. Rugged stainless steel construction won t rust and avoids environmentally toxic coatings that wear off in the mountains....