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    microspikes or crampons

    Hi all...

    Hoping to get to the Carters on Sunday (since Saturday will officially SUCK)...

    The plan: up 19-mi brook to carter dome to carter-moriah...hit Carter Dome, Mt. Height...down to the hut...up and back to Wildcat A...then back to the car via the 19-mi brook.

    With all this rain/sleet/snow/cold weather this week and Saturday ()...should we take our crampons (to get up and down the the notch to the hut) or will microspikes suffice? Note: we are not ones who bare boot over more than just the littlies ice (and usually only if we can get around it).

    Thanks, as always, for the info.
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    I'd suggest bringing your Microspikes.
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    It's awfully early in the season for crampons. Microspikes will do less damage to the trail, tree roots, and your ankles.

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    I'd go with microspikes too. Easier to carry if you don't really need them.


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    Just check the MWO Saturday late to see what they got & what the temp ends up being at night. You may find that a lot of the steep stuff ends up setting up with a decent coating of ice.

    If I have both, I'd bring both. It's good practice for winter carrying extra gear (FWIW, I only own crampons)
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    I'd like to say definitively what to use but I've got another week or so 'till I get over that way.

    I can honestly say, though, that I hope you need full-on snow shoes!

    C'mon snow!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by StashZdanuk View Post
    I can honestly say, though, that I hope you need full-on snow shoes!

    C'mon snow!!
    Amen! Watch for spruce traps.

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    Micro Spikes

    Did the Gale River up and over S and N Twin last Sunday. Very icey and good amount of snow at the higher elevations. Micro spikes worked fine. One in our party had 10 point crampon. This was fine but somewhat an overkill.
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    Im old school, crampons only, until now, I just bought my first pair of micro-spikes after hearing all the positive feedback form vfft members. They look like the ticket, hopefull they will hold up, will post a review later. The truth is, crampons are overkill this time of year and since I broke my ankle a few years back, Im suseptable to "rolling" my ankle, nothing does that better then crampons on rock.

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    Repairing Micor Spikes

    One other thing about Micro Spikes; Bring needle nose pliers (or Letterman). Not one trip goes by that someones Micro Spikes need repair. The links connecting the chain an spike to the rubber binding are not fused. They can and do come apart on a regular basis. Easy to fix, but a pain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jasper View Post
    Bring needle nose pliers (or Letterman).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jasper View Post
    One other thing about Micro Spikes; Bring needle nose pliers (or Letterman). Not one trip goes by that someones Micro Spikes need repair. The links connecting the chain an spike to the rubber binding are not fused. They can and do come apart on a regular basis. Easy to fix, but a pain.
    This comment has been percolating in my head since I saw it, and I am now contemplating adding this product to my gear (which includes crampons and Stabilicers -- which I have enjoyed repeatedly without losing any studs).

    Here's a question: have many others experienced the link failure in Microspikes; is it common? I'd appreciate hearing from more users.

    Thanks,

    --Mike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by --M. View Post
    Here's a question: have many others experienced the link failure in Microspikes; is it common? I'd appreciate hearing from more users.
    No link failures here. However, we just bought ours last November. (Alex and I have each used ours on 11 all-day hikes). We love them.
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    Microspikes...

    I've used mine for a few years now and agree that they do need adjusting every now and then. When I first got them I used to get stopped by people all the time on the trail asking what they were...now everyone seems to have them. They're great for certain conditions.

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    Many miles on my microspikes with no adjustments needed..

    they are starting to look a little dull when compared with someone's brandy new ones though
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