Nov 19, 2013 at 11:17 am #1310005
I made the mistake of purchasing an Osprey crampon bag and only after receiving the package did the weight dawn on me. 11oz. 11oz for a 3L bag with all the attachment and sub-pocket thrills I have come to expect from Osprey. So here's what I came up with while mulling my situation:
1. Crampons placed point-to-point and wrapped in standard camp towel or spare t-shirt. Purpose being to lessen the protrusion of the spikes.
2. Place roll/wrap into an appropriately sized Tyvek stuff sack. Tyvek has a resistance to tearing and puncture – it's why we use it as a ground sheet – and the added padding from the towel/shirt should prevent most damage.
3. Use Tyvek tape to attach small strips of Tyvek to the outside corners as lash points. Attach cinch cord to top for a secure closure.
I've yet to make this but I have a spare groundsheet handy and a Home Depot just down the road. Has anyone tried this or have cutting patterns for a small (2-L) Tyvek pouch?Nov 19, 2013 at 11:21 am #2046198
Depending on what pair of crampons you have you can use an old soda bottle, cut of the top and slide the crampons in with the front points first. Doesnt work with all crampons, some are simply to big to fit the normal bottle sizes.Nov 19, 2013 at 11:44 am #2046206
I saw that but figured a rigid bottle was going to be too clumsy even on the outside of the pack. I have the Petzl Vasak 12pt, btwNov 19, 2013 at 12:57 pm #2046226
Yeah, it's quite big compared to a soft bag but not that bad. It looks bigger than it actually is. Personally my crampons almost never goes in a bag, especially not if they go on the outside.
But I'm mostly mixed climbing, scottish style, these days so my crampons are pretty dull anyway.Nov 19, 2013 at 1:42 pm #2046234
I've used a tyvek mailing envelope for my crampons and microspikes for some time and it has worked very well. I just slip them in, roll it, and tie it off. Just an idea….
0.4 oz, BTW
***EDITED TO ADD WEIGHT***Dec 11, 2013 at 7:44 pm #2053398
Stephen CollinsBPL Member
@scwcollinsLocale: New England
This old BPL thread might be helpful: http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=3489Dec 11, 2013 at 8:23 pm #2053413
@rosyfinchLocale: the mountains
I've backpacked with crampons from time to time over several decades and have never wrapped them or put them inside my pack. I lash them to the outside of my pack with both having their points sticking out, away from the pack. Have never had a problem with that. Of course, you need to be a bit careful where you lash them and how you swing your pack around. Sometimes I have also used 'point protectors'… rubbery things that slip over the points… but mostly I don't feel they are necessary.
I use the point protectors or crampon bag in the car and at home, but not when they're on my pack…
BillyDec 25, 2013 at 5:36 pm #2057557
@thecritterLocale: Pacific Northwest
There's an ultralight technique for carrying crampons to minimize risk of injury or damage to gear. I made a video on it. Here's the link.Dec 26, 2013 at 3:14 pm #2057757
Will ElliottBPL Member
@elliott-willLocale: Juneau, AK
Mine go on and off my pack, feet, and harness. I compress them, points in, wrap the ankle straps tightly around them, and now they're a compact little package. They're fine. I haven't ruined any of my gear yet.Dec 27, 2013 at 4:09 am #2057903
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Jeff JeffBPL Member
I just stack them together so the pointed sides face each other. Then I wrap the straps around the whole mess so they don't come apart. Then I stash them under a convenient compression strap.Feb 18, 2014 at 11:59 pm #2074981
Ito JakuchuBPL Member
I do have a locally made crampon bag that is a tight fit and only 129gr. (4.5oz). I like that I can put my crampons inside my pack, and snowshoes outside on the back. Both of them would be doable but I like this set up a bit better.Feb 19, 2014 at 12:30 am #2074987
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
"I just stack them together so the pointed sides face each other. Then I wrap the straps around the whole mess so they don't come apart."
That's what I've done for the last 35 years.
–B.G.–Feb 19, 2014 at 12:30 am #2074988
ed hyattBPL Member
@edhyattLocale: The North
I use the soda-bottle trick with KTS or one of these with my more aggressive spikes:
Whether or not you can get them in the US…..Feb 19, 2014 at 8:58 am #2075066
Here's my "updated" recommendation, a simple 500D cordura drawstring bag. I made two of these at the beginning of this season, weight 40 grams.
I can just fit my standard ice rack in them, 11 BD icescrews and 3 Grivel 360. Grivel Helix or similar screws would not fit so good thanks to their large handle and hanger.
My crampons(Petzl Lynx) fit with a bit of room left over, I can get a couple of icescrews in there aswell if I'm only bringing a few with me.
These work really well, the cordura is strong enough to withstand the crampons(atleast my slightly dull ones!) and it's really convenient to just chuck all the icescrew tip protectors in the bag while I'm climbingFeb 23, 2014 at 7:49 pm #2076435
YAMABUSHI !BPL Member
1.7 OZMar 19, 2014 at 10:35 am #2084165
Hey Edvin, that's a great little bag! I was about to ask if you'd make me one when I found this: http://www.skywall-clothing.de/EN/Gear/Gear.php although it's a little hassle having to xfer money to his bank without a PayPal or ecommerce cart system. Anyways, kudos for that idea; I'm going to try that. May I recommend sharpening those points in the meantime? :) Seems a little dull for iceApr 15, 2014 at 6:24 pm #2093431
I just ordered this bagApr 17, 2014 at 10:49 am #2094027
Great mind think alike I guess :) Got a few left over in case somebody wants one. Black in 500d Cordura or yellow, blue or gray-greenish in 420d packcloth. 10.5 Euro including international shipping.
btw. the crampons are sharper now :)Apr 20, 2014 at 12:03 pm #2094794
can you post when you receive that skywall bag? I'm a little hesitant to buy from that website
thanks.May 9, 2014 at 10:40 pm #2101006
I received the bag promptly within a week of ordering them. So far I have taken them on couple of trips and they seem to be holding okay.
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