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Winter Traction and When to Wear It

Wearing Crampons on the Welch-Dickey Ledges

Hikers use three different kinds of traction devices in winter: microspikes, mountaineering crampons, and snowshoes. Microspikes and mountaineering crampons are used to provide traction on ice and packed snow while snowshoes are mainly used to provide flotation on top of loose unconsolidated snow.  However, putting on microspikes, mountaineering crampons, or snowshoes …

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Hillsound Cypress 6 Instep-Style Crampon

Hillsound Cypress 6 Crampon

The Hillsound Cypress 6 Crampon is an easy to use instep-style crampon good for walking on flat or rolling terrain covered with packed snow and ice. While considerably beefier and more aggressive than Kahtoolha Microspikes, the Cypress 6 lacks the front points of Hillsound’s popular 10-point Pro Crampon, making them …

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