Crampons on the tooth felt – the spikes are cut

It’s more long time no mystery: who in the mountains which wants to achieve, must not seldom teeth show. This applies especially when glaciers and ice climbing, and in a slightly modified form crampons or do. So are these can bite down whenever possible in the ice, it is advisable to check the individual spikes at regular intervals. Because the greatest enemy of all equipment was always the ravages of time, this is no different with crampons or Grödeln. Even in low use rust settles on the metal parts quickly. In addition it comes on tours in the mixed terrain again and again to contact with rock. Small grooves, round teeth, and blunt grade are the result.


With the care of crampon and co. is therefore similar as with the regular checkup at the dentist: who accepts minor damage at an early stage, to avoid worse. In contrast to Holey molars, you should not jump but the metal teeth of crampons with a drill to tackle. A few metal nail files and sandpaper is sufficient.

Rust ade…

… Loop doesn’t hurt. To remove rust, is no big deal and go relatively easily by hand. With a fine grain sandpaper or a standard scouring pad, how to use it for the cleaning of pans, you can scrub the resulting grid of metal. It is important that it used no water for this operation, as is this one reduces the grinding effect and on the other hand soon new rust can make. Even after long trips it is dry to rub the crampons with a cloth, this reduces to a minimum the formation of rust.


Frontal and vertical points

All modern crampons have usually frontal teeth. These are more or less pronounced depending on the model and usage purpose. The frontal teeth can be exchanged even when some crampons. As these teeth are sometimes subjected to high stress and just on mixed tours again and again have contact with the rocky ground and are literally around ground by entering the ice time, the sharpening is worth here especially. Only so be ensure that the teeth well into the ice slip and thus properly maintain. But also the vertical spikes suffer when used again and again, so the file should be put on again if necessary. However, depending on the degree of wear of the individual teeth, it can happen that they or the whole climbing irons need to be replaced. Present, this is usually the case, because a quite work is to grind the vertical spikes and share price comes a new iron very close.


Usually enough but a little makeover. It is important that you work in the machining of the teeth by hand. Sanders would heat the steel too much, which can change the metal and lose strength. Who does so even hand, protects not only the material, but also inserts a small workout for the forearms.


The necessary tool is gratifyingly clear and certainly exist in many hobby shops: vise, Schlichtfeile (flat file), wire brush, sandpaper, if necessary appropriate wrench to remove of single spikes.


Grinding, grinding, grinding

First, everything is dismantled on the crampons, what would interfere when clamping the Schaub floor or could be damaged. Usually wire clip and rocker arm without tool remove, baskets and belts are, however, often fixed. Also Antistollplatten should be removed. The frontal teeth can be disassembled, it is advisable to unscrew them also before editing and edit separately.


Then, the crampons in the Vice is clamped. It is important to note several things: the area to be edited must be easy to reach. Even though the points are round, that they not properly bite into the ice, you can still hurt when editing. Here, so caution is appropriate. Therefore the wearing of gloves is advisable. The crampons may be secured only in places that can are not bent or damaged by the pressure of the vise. Is, for example, the frame is connected too, not only the functionality, but also the stiffness of the track iron is affected.


When the frontal teeth, the pages are ground first so that they again have a sharp Ridge. This is a small flat file suitable particularly well. It is important in this work but that not too much material is removed. Also, you should very sure that it does not alter the original form. For a good bite in the ice, the frontal teeth be ground from below, giving a sharp tip.


The processing of the vertical points is relatively easy, since they usually only front and rear a little be sanded with a flat file. Here however there is wear-related curves, it is advisable to restore the original shape.


What where how much was cut, the next and last step the rust removing or polishing is regardless of. Countered rough rust with a wire brush, thus many easily corroded parts can be back into shape. In places, which are however affected by the rust, only sandpaper and persistence helps. Careful work, then radiates the crampons in new splendour and is once again absolutely fit for use on the mountain.



From time to time it makes sense to check the crampons and if necessary to apply hand and file. Actually it there but removes material and the crampons is thus losing substance. For this reason, it is important the grinding, filing, and scrubbing moderation runs. Because even the hardest metal is, if it is too thin, at some point.


Who but “as much as necessary and as little as possible” works according to the motto, significantly extends the service life and performance of the crampons. The metal is too thin after multiple loops, also here is the border reached and the crampons must be replaced.