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Ice Climbing Crampons

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.

Crampon Balling

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.

Ice Grippers, 2017 New Design Lightweight 18 Teeth Stainless Steel Spikes Crampons Anti-slip Safe for Walk on Ice and Snow Coming with Storage Bag
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Traction Cleats Ice Snow Grips with 18 Spikes for Walking, Jogging, Climbing and Hiking
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STABILicers Maxx Original Heavy Duty Stabilicers Ice Traction Cleat, 1 pair
10 Teeth Universal Crampon Anti Slip Ice Cleats Shoe Boot Grips Traction Crampon Snow Spikes Grips Cleats
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Petzl Dartwin Leverlock Fil Crampon
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RUNACC Outdoor Crampons Climbing Traction Cleats Manganese Steel Ice Grippers for Sneakers, Sports Shoes and Climbing Boots, 14 Teeth
Gracefulvara 1Pair/2Pcs 5 Studs Anti Slip Snow Ice Climbing Spikes Grips Crampon Cleat Shoes Cover
Ice Cleats, HoFire Ice Grips Traction Cleats Grippers Non-slip Over Shoe/Boot Rubber Spikes Crampons Anti Easy Slip 10 Steel Studs Crampons Slip-on Stretch Footwear
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KepooMan 18 Teeth Claws Crampons Non-slip Shoes Cover Stainless Steel Chain Outdoor Ski Ice Snow Hiking Climbing
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Ice & Snow Cleats Crampon - LEDOO,18 Teeth Ice Snow Grips Crampons for Hiking Climbing,Black 1 pair
Freshday Non-slip Ice Gripper Climbing Crampons Traction Cleats, Shoes Cover for Walking, Jogging, Hiking on Snow and Ice (1 pair)
Traction Cleats for Ice and Snow- Quickly and Easily Grips Over Footwear (Sizes: S/M/L/XL)
Lixada 1 Pair of 18 Teeth Crampons Non-slip Shoes Cover Stainless Steel Anti Slip Ice Cleats Shoe Boot Grips Traction Snow Spikes Device Outdoor Ski Ice Snow Hiking
Ice Cleats, Willceal Ice Grips Traction Cleats Grippers Non-slip Over Shoe/Boot Rubber Spikes Crampons Anti Slip 10 Steel Studs Crampons Slip-on Stretch Footwear (Extra 10 Studs
BLACK DIAMOND Neve Pro Crampons
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Yaktrax Walk Traction Cleats for Walking on Snow and Ice
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Upgraded Version Of Walk Traction Ice Cleat Spikes Crampons,True Stainless Steel Spikes And Durable Silicone,/Boots For Hiking On Ice&Snow Ground,Mountian.-By EnergeticSky
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Kahtoola MICROspikes Footwear Traction - 2016/17
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Triwonder Ice Grips 10 Teeth Anti-slip Shoe/Boot Ice Traction Slip-on Snow Ice Spikes Crampons Cleats Stretch footwear traction
Ice Cleats Winter Spikes Shoes Chains Traction Hiking Treads Spikes Fixture Anti-Skid Tread for Snow
Petzl Irvis Leverlock Crampon
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Walk Traction Ice Cleat Tread Anti slip Universal 5 Teeth Stud Snow Ice Grippers Spikes Attaches Shoes Boots for Hiking Climbing Winter Outdoor
eForCrazy Adjustable ice grips gear Strape Type Anti-slip Ski Belt Hiking Outdoor Climbing 10 Crampon for Hiking Shoes and Boots
Black Diamond Cyborg Pro Crampons
OuterStar Ice & Snow Grips Over Shoe/Boot Traction Cleat Rubber Spikes Anti Slip 10-Stud Crampons Slip-on Stretch Footwear S/M/L/X-L(Extra 10 Studs)
Ice Grips,Crampons Non-slip Ice & Snow Grips Cleat Over Shoe/Boot Traction Cleat Rubber Spikes Anti Slip 10 Steel Studs Slip-on Stretch Footwear for hiking and walking
Quik Solve Ice Snow Traction Shoe Boot Cleats - No Slip Gripper Spikes
Crampons, Traction Cleats Walk and Tread for snow, ice, wet pavement on snow mountain in winter, outdoor survival set by ONE ROAD
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Hillsound Trail Crampon Traction Device
YUEDGE Universal 18 Teeth Stainless Steel Anti Slip Ice Cleats Shoe Boot Grips Crampon Snow Spikes Grips Traction Cleats
Options: $16.99 - $21.99
Lougnee Non-slip Spikes Crampons Ice Snow Shoes Chain Cleats for Climbing Walking and Hiking
KingBig Ice Climbing Crampons, Winter Sports Equipment Anti-Slip Ice Traction Cleat Shoe Cover for Winter Outdoor Sport Mountaineering Hiking Walking in Ice- 1 Pair (10 Teeth, L)
Weanas Ice and Snow Traction Cleats Universal Slip-on Stretch fit Snow Ice Spikes Crampons
Petzl Linkin Leash
Camp USA X Light Hammer Axe One Size
Tactical Steel Multi-function Survival Shovel and Pick Axe, Collapses Down to Just 6.5" by Grizzly Peak
X-Dry Grip by CAMP
Black Diamond Raven Ultra Ice Axe - BD Orange
Camp USA Neve Axe
Options: $67.96 - $80.05
Camp USA X Light Adze Axe
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