Crampons question

12:04 a.m. on October 21, 2009 (EDT)
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Okay, you guys might think I've lost my mind, but, does any one use crampons or similar devices on steep slopes consisting of rocks, moss, and wet leaves?

In loose soil I've just been kicking steps, but I currently have a sprained wrist and some good scrapes from a slip on wet mossy rock with wet leaves, thus my inquiry.

Just wondering!

1:38 p.m. on October 21, 2009 (EDT)
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That is a traditional use for crampons in the Alps and in Scotland and Wales. But crampons don't really help if the soil is loose.

3:12 p.m. on October 21, 2009 (EDT)
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Crampons have made some very steep side hill traverse's much easier and safer.They are useable on anything they can drive into.

6:01 p.m. on October 21, 2009 (EDT)
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Thanks guys.

Anything special I should know about purchasing?

8:53 p.m. on October 21, 2009 (EDT)
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Also.....this is exactly why i don't post on the climbing forum, I did not know crampons were appropriate for rock. But I'm glad I asked.

10:07 p.m. on October 21, 2009 (EDT)
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Thanks guys.

Anything special I should know about purchasing?

What will be your primary use for them,what type of terrain?Also what boot or boots will you be useing them with?

10:24 p.m. on October 21, 2009 (EDT)
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Skinmanjohn,

Type of terrain is mountainous sand stone / limestone slopes. Usually damp & mossy, mixed with soil. My need for crampons would be periodic, but most useful at times if appropiate. I travel off trail a bit, and sometimes you have to either traverse what lies in front of you , or find a work around. I would rather stay on my route, if safely possible.

I am currently using a pair of Alicosport Summits, full grain leather backpacking boots with a welted sole. Very stiff & supportive.

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