cram·​pon | \ ˈkram-ˌpän How to pronounce crampon (audio) \

Definition of crampon

1 : a hooked clutch or dog for raising heavy objects usually used in plural
2 : a climbing iron used especially on ice and snow in mountaineering usually used in plural

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Recent Examples on the Web Weather permitting, strap on crampons and grab an ice axe for a walk on the spectacular glacier known as the Mer de Glace. National Geographic, "Swiss and French Alps Expedition: Mountain Adventure," 15 Sep. 2019 Don crampons, wield ice picks, and learn how glacial morphology has molded the landscape of the region. National Geographic, "Iceland Middle School Expedition," 12 June 2019 The test involved various traverses on steep ice that gauged candidates’ skills with crampons and ice axes. Simon Akam, Outside Online, "You Won’t Pass Chamonix’s Mountain Guiding Test," 27 Nov. 2019 There, candidates put on their crampons, almost universally worn over lightweight boots like La Sportiva Trangos, with no lip at the front. Simon Akam, Outside Online, "You Won’t Pass Chamonix’s Mountain Guiding Test," 27 Nov. 2019 Visitors planning to hike any of the trails on or below the rim should be properly prepared with crampons, trekking poles and even snow shoes. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Viral icy Grand Canyon trail photo is old, but the danger is real," 26 Nov. 2019 He isn't equipped with hiking poles and doesn't appear to be wearing crampons (a traction device that attaches to the shoe for better mobility on snow and ice). Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Viral icy Grand Canyon trail photo is old, but the danger is real," 26 Nov. 2019 Taking on snow conditions can require crampons and other winter trekking gear that many hikers don’t carry or aren’t qualified to use. Gregory Thomas,, "New rules aim to smooth crowds on Pacific Crest Trail," 22 Oct. 2019 Sherpa guides say that lower-cost operators have recently drawn inexperienced climbers, including some who do not even know how to use crampons, the clip-on spikes that increase traction on ice. Bhadra Sharma, New York Times, "New Everest Rules Could Significantly Limit Who Gets to Climb," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of crampon

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for crampon

Middle English, from Middle French crampon, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch crampe

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3 Jun 2020

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“Crampon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of crampon

: a piece of metal with sharp points on the bottom that is worn by mountain climbers on the bottom of boots to make it easier to walk on ice and snow

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