Grivel’s brilliant fit

Instead of caring a second set of mountaineering boots, the guys at Mountain

Grivel cramp-o-matic

Grivel cramp-o-matic

Gear in Spokane, WA, had a brilliant idea.

“There’s a good chance that the cramp-o-matic style of crampon binding will fit the 3-pin Nordic binding,” said Greg of Mountain Gear.

He was right.

The wire bail binding is meant for standard mountaineering boots made of plastic with a second liner.  There are many types of attachments for plastic mountaineering boots.  The most common feature of the mountaineering type of crampon is the flip lock over the heel.  The front catch is another matter.

All mountaineering shops I’ve been into thus far have suggested bringing in boots to test fit the crampons.  But all shops I’ve been to have also had 3-pin telemark boots in stock, making it relatively easy for me to test the idea.

This is significant for me because now I do not have to carry a spare set of mountaineering boots for any short sections of steep icy road or other that I’ll have to tackle.  I can use my Norwegian ski boots without spending the money and weight on a set of boots for a very short section of travel.  Also, Grivel makes these wonderful Air Tech crampons which are lighter than vertical ice crampons and the teeth are not forward raked nor as long.

For flat glacier travel, this is much more attractive.  There will be much less stumbling and toe catching.  Stumbling with razor blades on your feet when you are thousands of miles from help is a bad thing.

Considering that a good pair of mountaineering boots is $800 to $1000, avoiding buying them is a huge savings.

Now I just have to purchase a set of the extended flexible bars at the bottom in case I break the standard extension bars.

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