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Kahtoola hiking crampons for Longs Peak

Post by TeamTayberry » Wed Feb 08, 2017 12:29 pm

Thinking of hitting up Longs in the future, winter or spring, and would only go with a good weather window and snow conditions. Also, we would be doing the keyhole route. Which we have done numerous times in the past.

The specific question I have right now is if the Kahtoola hiking crampons would be enough for Longs. We all have microspikes right now. Thanks in advance for your replies and thanks for all the advice myself and family have gleaned from this site since 2009.
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Re: Kahtoola hiking crampons for Longs Peak

Post by seano » Wed Feb 08, 2017 12:47 pm

That really depends upon conditions, of course. In my experience, Kahtoola KTS crampons are good for anything where you won't be front-pointing; if you're comfortable French-stepping, you can get up some pretty steep terrain. I wouldn't use them on Dreamweaver, but they were great for the standard route on Gannett.
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Re: Kahtoola hiking crampons for Longs Peak

Post by pbakwin » Wed Feb 08, 2017 1:18 pm

I've done the Keyhole many times with Kahtoola KTS steel or aluminum crampons & running shoes. For me it's the right set-up for that route (along with an ax) in spring conditions. Have used Kahtoolas also on Keplingers, the Loft, Lambs Slide & the North Face.
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Re: Kahtoola hiking crampons for Longs Peak

Post by TeamTayberry » Thu Feb 09, 2017 12:50 pm

Thanks much, confirms what I was thinking.
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Re: Kahtoola hiking crampons for Longs Peak

Post by JerryB » Thu Feb 09, 2017 6:20 pm

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Post by Marmot96 » Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:26 am

JerryB wrote:Bump
Why though?
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Re: Kahtoola hiking crampons for Longs Peak

Post by AndrewLyonsGeibel » Fri Feb 10, 2017 11:47 am

I'm interested in people's experiences with these. Particularly durability on rock. I tend to do late fall or late spring hikes in my insulated trail runners + gaiters so really can't use a technical crampon because of the flex. Sometimes having just a bit more than micro spikes seems like it would be nice.
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Re: Kahtoola hiking crampons for Longs Peak

Post by justiner » Fri Feb 10, 2017 12:21 pm

The interface between a mountaineering boot and a full, technical crampon is very important - you don't want any slip when you're kicking into a steep wall of ice. The mountaineering boot's rigidity is also important to overcome fatigue in say, your foot and calf.

Wearing a hiking crampon on trail runners is probably not going to give you any of that, and Kahtoolas don't have front points anyways. The crampon points are 3/4" (short) and springy. If you get the aluminum ones, they'll be lighter, but are easier to wear down.

So saying all that, they're great on snow climbs at a low/moderate angle, and I've used them on Longs on all the climbs Peter has (and I think on all those routes, with Peter!). I've also used them the Angel of Shavano and Cross Couloir, and wouldn't hesitate to use them on any other low/moderate angle couloir where I'm not expecting to hit full on ice. Packed snow is just fine - anything where you can kick a step is fine. The flex works in keeping the crampon on a shoe like a trailrunner.

Getting across the snow slopes of the Keyhole route in late Spring/early summer in Kahtoola hiking crampons would work well. Microspikes have their place, but I think it's in just packed snow/icy trails. I call their dependability into question, as I keep breaking the elastometer part of them merely putting them on.

If I was to approach a rocky section of a hike - say I just climbed up the Loft on Longs with the crampons and now I'm on the top, which is windblown, I would be mindful and take the hiking crampons off to extend their life. I'll have to look at a new pair of them and see how much wear are on my atm. The points are pretty blunt - basically a 1/4" flat part protruding out.
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Post by seano » Fri Feb 10, 2017 12:44 pm

Get the steel, so you don't need to worry about rocks so much. They're pretty fast to take on and off with their buckles, but it's still annoying to do that all the time. My aluminums are worn down to nubs. That said, Kahtoolas, Sportivas, wool socks and bread bags are amazingly effective...
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Post by unclegar » Fri Feb 10, 2017 2:39 pm

I have also used my Kahtoola mini crampons (steel) on Loft, NF, Lambslide as well as Bell Cord, Skywalker, Dead Dog, etc, etc. I got the steel for better wear. They are very easy to take on/off and very light. As Justin mentioned you would want more for front pointing but otherwise I have been very happy with mine.
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