Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro can be quite challenging. Standing at an imposing 19,341 feet or 5,895 meters tall, it is one of the tallest mountains in the world and the tallest in Africa.
Climbing Kilimanjaro can also be exhilarating and rewarding if you know the right way to go about it. Its forested slopes, rocky terrain, and valleys will give you a memorable climbing experience. You can derive much pleasure from climbing the mountain if you are a pro climber.
Mountaineering is fun if you use the right climbing equipment. Since such devices are designed specifically for mountain climbing, they ensure that you get to the peak of the mountain without hassles.
One of the best tools you need to climb Mountain Kilimanjaro with relative ease is Crampon.
Crampons are pieces of climbing equipment that are usually strapped onto mountaineering boots. The special design makes it easy to work together with a pair of climbing boot to help climbers to climb or walk across any type of terrain on the mountain, especially, slippery surfaces with absolute ease. You must fit the crampons into your climbing boot very well before you embark on the climbing.
Crampons come in two different types. These are rigid and flexible. Just as the names suggest, the former has a rigid design while the latter is flexible. Due to the nature of mountain climbing, the rigid model is more appropriate for mountaineering than the flexible model.
The rigid model is durable and is designed to withstand the challenges of mountain climbing. It will help you to walk over obstacles and stiff terrain effortlessly. When you use the crampons together with your climbing boots, you will be able to have a firm grip of the terrain while climbing. This will make it easier for you to climb the mountain without the risk of falling over.
This type of crampons is usually made of metal that are heavy and durable. Steel is more often used for creating the rigid type
While talking about the benefit of attaching crampons to climbing boots, Chris Cage, a seasoned hiker said: “Crampons attach underneath your shoes or boots to improve ground traction – quite literally by stabbing the ground like an array of small knives.”
Crampons are attached in three different ways: straps, step-in, and hybrid. The hybrid type is great for lightweight mountaineering boots. If you are wearing a more technical boot for serious climbing, the step-in is ideal. It is good for boots with heel welts and toe. This makes it a great climbing tool for advanced mountaineering.
Although the strap-on crampons can boast of the same reliability as the step-in or hybrid models, it is great for any type of mountain climbing.
When you start planning your next visit to Mount Kilimanjaro, it is advisable that you go along with your mountaineering boots and some crampons. They may make the difference between an easy climb and a difficult one.
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