100[hr100] Re: trail shoe crampons
- Mar 8, 2000All:
I have found the discussion about trail shoe crampons to be very
interesting. I have never worn crampons during the Hardrock, but have
used them on other runs. The crampons I used were the old style 12
point with leather straps to hold them on. They were hinged in the
middle and by taking them apart at the hinge, I had a nice four point
heel crampon that stayed on my shoe well. One problem was if there was
any wet snow on the course it balled up in the crampon and pretty soon
I was on high heels that were very slick. Great fun for glissading, but
spooky on the steep stuff where you really wanted to stay attached.
The last three years, the snow level on the course has been down.
Before that, we had one year running in the counter clockwise direction
where there was so much snow and ice from below the Virginius Mine to
Virginius Pass that the course was routed off the road and steps had to
be cut for about a mile.
My advice, if you have some crampons you can try and will feel
comfortable with, bring them along. Whether you will want to use them
or not is dependent on what mother nature does to us between now and
then as far as snow fall, wind, melting and freezing and who knows what
else. I wouldn't wait until run day to see if they are going to work
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