Eventually I’d like to see if I can get the necessary skill and strength to do winter ascents of the north faces of Triglav, Eiger, and the Matterhorn if that changes the choice of 10 or 12 points. Although I’m not even certain if those would need vertical or horizontal front points yet.
I’m an ice climber who would like to get into some mountaineering and a question about crampons occurred to me. If I’m doing a steeper snow/ice route is it advantageous to have 12 points? To me I think that only helps on flat/slightly inclined ground where I’d be using the French technique. So why not should I not just go for a 10 point crampon instead and save some weight?
I own the Petzl Darts for ice climbing so I would most likely but the Irvis (10 point set up) or Vasak (12 point set up) front sections for my crampons which saves me some cash instead of buying a whole new set of crampons. The Irvis front section has 6 points and weighs 275g whereas the Vasak front piece has 8 points and weighs 375g. I haven’t compared them in a store yet but based on pictures the front and secondary points on both crampons seem to be the same.
Any advice on this would be great thanks!
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