I will try MikeR's advice with the cord for my ice axe, now onto my next dilemma.
I got a pair of the Camp Punte crampons pretty cheap and they only fit my size 13 Montrails way back on the heel. The front spikes barely come to the midpoint.
The first pic are the crampons fitted per the instructions. The barely fit on these Hurricanes, they would never go on any of my boots. The fixed strap goes over the heel and the front strap wraps around, joins the fixed strap and then to the front again.
This second pic shows what I might try. If I cut off the heel strap I can slide the crampons under part of the ball of my foot. I would have much better forward motion traction than if the crampons were back on my heel.
I think a great lightweight crampon design would be just the forward half of a crampon instead of the rear like these seem to be.