Is it possible to climb water ice with an aluminium crampon?

Is it possible to climb water ice with an aluminium crampon?

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By Triss Parma | Jul 30th 2015 |
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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Aug 27th 2015
Hi Triss, In ye olden days people climbed ice without crampons at all! Saying that however, The only aluminium crampon I would recommend for use while Ice climbing is the Edelrid Beast crampon which has steel front points. One of the main problems with using an aluminium crampon is that their designs are usually intended for glacier crossings and easy snow slopes. Their front points only protrude a short way making it very difficult to climb vertical ice with them. If you need a crampon just for steep ice climbing I would recommend a crampon such as the Petzl Dart/Dartwin. However, if your climb requires a glacier approach, perhaps something like the Grivel G14 or Petzl Lynx would be better. Hope that helps, Dave

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