Where to practice cramponing techniques?

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Where to practice cramponing techniques?

Postby TheOtherIndian » Thu Mar 08, 2012 8:29 pm

Hi, can anyone suggest any place to practice cramponing techniques, preferably close to Boulder-Longmont with a short approach? Is there any suitable place in the Indian peaks area? I am a complete noob with crampons. There's always St Mary's but I'm looking for something closer for a lazy Sunday. Thanks.
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Re: Where to practice cramponing techniques?

Postby moneymike » Thu Mar 08, 2012 8:44 pm

Mt. Evans has easy road side access to some steep or not so steep slopes that you could practice on. That's my best advice. I live in Colorado Springs, and I taught myself self-arrest techniques on Pikes Peak, on steep slopes just off of the road.
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Re: Where to practice cramponing techniques?

Postby Monte Meals » Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:16 pm

I'm not sure about crampons,

but the Millennium Harvest House in Boulder has a really good Friday Afternoon Club with lots of ice.

Plus there are *tons* of opportunities for a single guy to work on his technique ;->

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