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Dave Thexton's picture
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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.... (more)

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Tim Bevan's picture
Aug 27th 2015
Hi Elly, Interesting you should ask that. I myself suffer from ELF (Extremely Large Feet, a subcondition of the EBF you mention). Rocking the biggest boots La Sportiva make (I'm an EU48/49), I am able to use Grivel crampons (G12s for me) by using the extra long adjustment bars available from all good retailers. Hope that helps, Tim.

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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Aug 27th 2015
Hi Alex, Many crampons have what are known as anti-balling plates attached to their underside. These help to push snow off the crampon. If your crampons don't have anti-balling plates then you might be able to purchase some from the manufacturer of your crampons. However, more technical crampons are often incompatible with anti-balling plates so you might have to try and invent something with duck tape or else kick the snow off yourself every so often. Hope that helps, Dave

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Dave Thexton's picture
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Aug 27th 2015
Hi Calain, The C rating on crampons primarily refers to which type of boot they will fit on/work best with. C3 crampons will work with a fully ridgid boot for example, while C1 crampons have much more flex and will therefore work well with a softer boot. As the number gets higher, so too does the technicality of the routes that each crampons are suitable for. Hope that helps, Dave

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Dave Thexton's picture
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Aug 27th 2015
Hi Callum, Tim was using the Scarpa Rebel ice boots which have an integrated crampon screwed into the sole of the boot. Hope that helps, Dave

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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Aug 27th 2015
Hi Javan, You can buy spike protectors almost anywhere including Amazon. Don't worry too much about getting protectors made by Black Diamond, as long as you buy a protector for a 12 point crampon, then it should still fit. Hope that helps, Dave

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Dave Thexton's picture
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Aug 27th 2015
Hi Calain, You should store them somewhere dry. On top of that, you should take your crampons out of their bag and if you have rubber spike protectors, make sure you remove them too. Hope that helps, Dave

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Dave Thexton's picture
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Aug 26th 2015
Hi Shannon, If you are intending to use your crampon solely for ski touring then I would recommend a super light aluminium crampon. This is because you will usually not be using your crampon on rocks negating the need for a heavier, more durable steel crampon. Something like the Black Diamond Neve crampon (http://blackdiamondequipment.com/en/climbing%2Fcrampons/neve-crampon-BD4000710000ALL1.html) might be what you are looking for. Hope that helps, Dave

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