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MtnManMatt

Ruth Crampons?

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Heading to the Ruth in April and trying to decide b/w horizontal and vertical points. If you've been there, what did you climb in and how did it work?

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Definitely horizontal. Climbing anywhere in the Ruth area requires a lot of glacier travel, and even the so called "ice" routes usually have long sections of snow climbing and/or junky ice where surface area up front is your friend.

 

The Black Diamond Sabretooth crampons are still my favorite for all around climbing from snow slogs to water ice.

 

A headlamp is very useful until mid-May.

 

Good luck.

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Hey we'll be in the Ruth the last two weeks in April and a week in May. We'll be up on the Root Canal. Anyone have info on routes on the Bears Tooth from the Root Canal?

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West face of Bear's Tooth 'White Russian' done in April ca. 2004(?). Check your AAJs...

 

Oh, and Sabretooths are pretty standard issue for AK. Horizontal frontpoints work best in the variable conditions you'll find there.

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