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Feb 23, 2016
New to the forum... I have a bit of experience with simple class 3-4 summits here in Idaho, going up most of the Twelvers and whatever peaks happen to be around my groups' backpacking camp.

This year, I want to step things up and start going up peaks that have year-round snow fields. I was thinking of the likes of Gannet, which I hear has a decent portion of snow on the easiest approach.

Having read WAY too many reviews and guides, there seems to be no real consensus when it comes to what boots can (or should) take certain "C" crampons. The boots I have are the Merrel AllOut Blaze and Timberland Chocorua. College is not cheap, so I would like to avoid buying another "all around" pair like the "Asolo Titan GTX."

Do I have any options for what I want to be doing? Or should I save up for those Asolos?

Thank you!!
WarnerISU
Joined Feb 23, 2016
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Feb 23, 2016
Black diamond contact strap type crampons will work on nearly everything. They use flexible straps on the front and back to attach vs a clip and or metal bail i.e. Auto or semi auto, nearly every crampon producer offers something like that and they are fine for snow and general mountaineering

Next is assessing your ability, Gannett is a serious glaciated peak and is quite remote. Make sure you have a good snow skills, and a competent partner before going there.
Thomas H
Joined Dec 5, 2012
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Feb 23, 2016
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You will find using crampons with the Merrel shoes (those aint boots) to be very unstable. Too much flex in the shoes (side to side and front to back). Might be fine for a short approach where you really need crampons but otherwise your Timberlines will be the foot wear of choice.

As for crampons, save yer money and find a pair of the old SMC hinged crampons

ebay.com/itm/SMC-Strap-On-Mili...

You can find them very inexpensively and they will last a life time. I have pair that is 35 years old and I just use them for a little snow/ice fun this winter.
Allen Sanderson
From Oootah
Joined Jul 6, 2007
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Feb 23, 2016
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I send all of my crampon questions to Alex Honnold directly... Collonious
From Golden, CO
Joined Mar 17, 2008
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Feb 23, 2016
Thank you all very much for the replies! I will make sure to head up with someone knowledgable, and check out those SMCs. WarnerISU
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Feb 23, 2016
"I send all of my crampon questions to Alex Honnold directly..."

yeah he really knows his stuff when it comes to crampons.
Cortney
From Broomfield, Colorado
Joined May 27, 2015
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Feb 23, 2016
There grivel air techs rear tabs for locating the heel of your boot tend to be more secure on approach shoes/light hikers than the BD contacts, at least in my experience. Nick Drake
From Newcastle, WA
Joined Jan 20, 2015
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Feb 24, 2016
WarnerISU wrote:
Thank you all very much for the replies! I will make sure to head up with someone knowledgable, and check out those SMCs.


Our local consignment store has a pair of medium SMCs for $25. $10 shipping and you're all set. Let me know if you want to pursue this. They are full strap-on, fit any boot. Medium should fit roughly men's 9 to 11, maybe a half size more on either end.
Gunkiemike
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Feb 24, 2016
I wear 11 1/2 to 12 depending on the boot, I wouldnt want to push my luck with fitting. Thank you though. WarnerISU
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