Crampons are metal spikes that strap to boots to enable a person to safely travel on ice. Crampons are made with either 10 or 12 points; the 12-point models are the most versatile for mountaineering, but 10-point models save a little weight and are good for routes that are more low-angle. Most climbers prefer to use crampons with step-in attachments that fasten like ski bindings, as they are faster and easier to attach and remove.
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Examine the crampon to find its curve, and match it to your boot. Crampons usually are designed in a left-right configuration, with a subtle curve from left to right for the left foot and right to left for the right foot.
Insert your boot into the crampon, toe first. If your crampon has rigid toe bails, slot the bail into the toe lip of your boot. If the crampon has a soft toe bail to accommodate a wider range of boots, pull it up and over the toe of the boot.
Pull the heel bail up and place it against the heel lip of your boot, then flip the heel lever up. The binding should lock the crampon in place with a solid "thwack" sound.
Thread the ankle strap on the outside of the ankle through the rings on the other side, and snug it up. On models with a soft toe bail, thread the strap through the hole in the toe bail and then back to the inside ankle rings.
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