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Crampons

Definition of Climbing Equipment Word

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Crampons

Grivel G14 Crampons

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Crampons

Crampons are metal skeletons or frames with sharp points that are attached to sturdy mountain boots. They allow a climber to ascend ice gullies, waterfalls, and snow and ice slopes without slipping since the sharp points bite into the ice. Most crampons have 12 points, with two pointed straight-out on the toe for frontpointing. They are attached to boots with straps or with a step-in attachment system. There are two basic kinds of crampons--hinged and rigid.

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