Steel vs. Aluminum on Ritter's North Face
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Bob Gabbart
(bobg) - F
Steel vs. Aluminum on Ritter's North Face on 08/07/2008 06:41:55 MDT Print View

Hello,

I plan on climbing the North face of Mount Ritter early September. Do you think aluminum crampons are appropriate or should I bring steel. I'm concerned about icy conditions. Anyone been up there that time of year?

Thanks,
Bob

larry savage
(pyeyo) - F

Locale: pacific northwest
one shot on 09/02/2008 17:35:03 MDT Print View

I've used both steel and aluminum lightweight crampons on Glacier Peak and Rainier this season. If you think of the aluminum as being a one shot tool it would be close to the truth.
I would be judicious about fitting the crampon to your footwear. The rule of thumb is the heavier the boots the heavier the crampon.