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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.

Crampons Traction Device Cleats Mountaineering Anti Slip Crampons Ski Belt for Ice Snow Safe Protect Shoes
Yahill Ice Traction Cleats Crampons Snow Spikes Grips with 13 Teeth Manganese Steel for Boots Shoes Women Men Kids Anti-slip Device for Hiking Walking Winter Jogging or Climbing
Options: $21.99 - $51.98
Petzl Dartwin Leverlock Fil Crampon
Bearham Lightweight 18 Teeth Stainless Steel Spikes Crampons Anti-slip Ice Grippers Safe for Walk on Ice with Storage Bag
Black Diamond Contact
Lougnee Non-slip Spikes Crampons Ice Snow Shoes Chain Cleats for Climbing Walking and Hiking
Yaktrax Walk Traction Cleats for Walking on Snow and Ice
Options: $10.00 - $42.05
OUTAD Crampons Non-slip Shoes Cover 1 Pair 18 Teeth Claws Stainless Steel Chain Outdoor Ski Ice Snow Hiking Climbing Traction Cleats
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YUEDGE Universal 18 Teeth Stainless Steel Anti Slip Ice Cleats Shoe Boot Grips Crampon Snow Spikes Grips Traction Cleats
Petzl Dart Leverlock Fil Crampon
Options: $212.50 - $219.95
Isafish Ice Cleats for Ice Fishing Shoe/Boot Traction Cleat 12-Stud Steel Chain Footwear Nonslip Spikes Slip-on Stretch Crampons Ice and Snow Grips
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
AGPTEK Non-slip Over Shoe, Climbing Snow & Ice Cleats Grips Anti-Slip Studded Ice Traction Shoe Covers Spike Crampons Cleats (Large)
EONPOW 12 Teeth Claws Crampons Non-slip Shoes Cover Stainless Steel Chain Outdoor Ski Ice Snow Hiking Climbing
Binmer(TM)Hot Snow Ice Climbing Anti Slip Spikes Grips Crampon Cleats 5-Stud Shoes Cover
KepooMan 18 Teeth Claws Crampons Non-slip Shoes Cover Stainless Steel Chain Outdoor Ski Ice Snow Hiking Climbing (L)
Two LW ice snow crampons 18 teeth stainless steel skiing hiking walking climbing
Limm Pro Traction Cleats For Ice and Snow – Quickly And Easily Grips Over Footwear – Portable – Sizes: S/M/L/XL
Freshday Non-slip Ice Gripper Climbing Crampons Traction Cleats, Shoes Cover for Walking, Jogging, Hiking on Snow and Ice (1 pair)
Universal Climbing Crampons featuring Stainless Steel Teeth - Ideal Non-Slip Traction Cleats for Climbing, Hiking, Ice & Snow - Fits Shoes & Boots
Gear 18 Tooth Crampons Cleats Set Fishing Outdoor Climbing Snow Ice Crampons Catch Snow Claw Antiskid Shoe Spikes(1 pair)
Ice & Snow Cleats Crampon - LEDOO,18 Teeth Ice Snow Grips Crampons for Hiking Climbing,Black 1 pair
Ice Grippers Cleats Hiking on 12 Teeth Claws Traction Cleats  Stainless Steel Chain Anti-Slip Spikes Crampons,M/L
Options: $11.98 - $11.99
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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Springk Traction Cleats Snow Grips Ice Creepers,Anti Slip 12 Stainless Steel Microspikes Crampons with 1 Free Portable Bag for Men Women Walking Jogging Hiking and Mountaineering(M/L)
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Due North Everyday G3 Ice and Snow Traction Aid
Options: $10.00 - $31.57
Traction Cleats, Crampons for Walking on Snow and Ice, Anti-slip Ice Grips, Snow Grips, Universal Size, Lightweight Ice Grippers, with Safety Straps & Waterproof Bag, Perfect for Jogging or Hiking
AGPtek Anti-Slip Overshoes Ice Snow Traction Universal Shoe Covers Spike Snow Shoes Crampons Cleats - M
Meanhoo Antiskid Steel-point Ice Climbing Hiking Plates Crampon Traction Device Strap Type Crampons Ski Belt High Altitude Hiking Slip-resistant 10 Teeth Mountaineering 250x95x3mm M (black)
Freahap 11 Teeth Ice Claws Crampons Anti Slip Traction Cleats for Kids with Carry Bag
Whitelotous One Pair of Winter Anti Slip Ice Cleats Snow Ice Climbing Spikes Grips Crampon Cleats
Kahtoola MICROspikes Footwear Traction - 2016/17
Options: $55.90 - $97.19
Hillsound Trail Crampon Traction Device
Options: $44.99 - $65.00
ALLY Mens & Women Walk Traction Cleats, Shoe boots Ice Cleats Track, Footwear Crampons Grips for Hiking Walking on Snow, Universal Size (5-10 US)
GRIVEL X Monster Ice Axe
Options: $144.46 - $169.95
Compact Survival Multi Tool Axe Card by Lion Gear - Stainless Steel, Multifunctional Survival Ax Multitool with Saw, Bottle Opener, Cutter, and Wrench - Survivor Emergency Kit For Camping, Hunting
Black Diamond Raven Ultra Ice Axe - BD Orange
Stubai Hornet Ice Tool
Grivel G1 Plus Axe
FiveJoy Military Entrenching Shovel with Hard Wood Handle (J2) - Shoveling, Digging, Cutting, Chopping, Throwing, Self-Defense - Keep in Trunk for Emergencies - Perfect for Camping and Off-Roading
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