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I agree with most folks here, that you need the full monty for many of the Winter peaks. I tend to air on the side of caution, and generally bring my crampons for most Winter assaults. I just leave them strapped to my pack for most of the Winter.
There are certain trails/peaks that come to mind: the Chimney on Osceola, the Franconia Ridge, Northern Presi's and any Winter (and Spring) trip on Mt. Washington. Wind blown snow can turn to ice in a hurry.

Microspikes/snowshoes would have been suicide on this hard packed ice/snow:
Monroe/Washington trip this past April



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Petch

It looks like a fall in that second picture isnt going to send you sliding far. Ouch, my tailbone hurts looking at those rocks.


I went for the micro spikes in the quiz because I dont have good snowshoes yet. I have the old Yukon Charlie's that I have been waiting to break. They aren't breaking and this year I get new ones regardless so I can muscle my way up all 48 in one winter. My goal!

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that picture of Bob is too funny! :lol: I'm glad I asked about winter hiking as I (for some reason... lack of experience maybe :roll: ) assumed late fall/early spring would be easier than in the middle of winter. Opened up my eyes!

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Yup, middle of winter is definitely easier. The descents are the best - no looking for roots or rocks to trip you up, if the snowpack is deep enough. You could still slip and fall, but would you rather slip and fall on ice/exposed rocks, or on a pile of snow? :wink:

And by the way....I had put on my Microspikes that day because we needed to step on some ice before getting to the ledges. I didn't take them off afterwards because I'm lazy. :lol:

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If you are pursuing the winter 48 patch, the calendar prerequisites for the patch almost guarantee (but not 100%) good snow cover, and that you can get away with snowshoes.

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Here's what can happen if you're above treeline in the Presis without adequate traction. Note the reference to "micro crampons" in the article, which were most likely Microspikes.

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