What are crampons... and how do they get you to some of the most amazing places on the planet.

Posted by Tom @ Franz Josef Glacier on 9 April 2015

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Hiking with crampons on Franz Josef Glacier

 

Are you ready for your hike on Franz Josef Glacier?  Wondering what gear you’ll need?  Relax, we provide all the important gear to keep you safe, warm and sturdy.

Franz Josef Glacier Guides provides:

  • Breathable Rain Jacket
  • Waterproof over-trousers (if required)
  • Socks and sturdy boots (or you have the option to wear your own hiking boots)
  • Woollen hats and gloves (if required)
  • Crampons

Crampons!  The coolest bit of kit for any glacier experience. 

Have you worn crampons before?  Do you know what they are?

Franz Josef Glacier Guides provides a pair of high quality 10-point crampons for all hikers on the glacier.  Crampons are like a small snowshoe that attach to hiking boots.  Crampons have spikes on the bottom that give purchase on the ice.

Franz Josef Glacier Guides provides hiking boots and crampons

 

Don’t worry, you don’t need to be Sir Edmund Hillary to wear crampons.  We'll show you how to fit the crampons over your boots and how to walk in them.  The only thing you’ll need is a moderate level of fitness (if you’re fit enough to walk over uneven terrain for a few hours, you’ll be fine).

It won’t take long to get used to walking with crampons.  With a pair of these babies attached, you'll be walking confidently in the ice steps cut by your guide in no time. 

And just in case you have any doubts about wearing crampons, have a look at some of the amazing places on Franz Josef Glacier you can get to.

 

These amazing places can only be accessed with a pair of crampons.

 

Here

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Here

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What about here...

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And you'll need crampons for this..

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And this..

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Crampons needed here.

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At the end of your trip, if you're hooked on hiking with crampons why not step it up a notch and do a Heli Ice Climb.  This is an exhilarating ice-climbing experience where you’ll learn to use ice axes and the front points of your crampons to climb.

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So, we’ll see you on the ice – with crampons!


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