/ when sharpening vertical crampons should you remove the first
I've also seen that you should remove the first tooth on your ice picks for better penetration on ice.
So, should you remove the first tooth on your vertical monopoint crampons?
Yes, if you try it you'll find its the only obvious way to do it.
I can't think any reason why that would be a good idea. In comparison to tool picks, the sharpness of crampons seems to make little difference within reason. I quite regular sharpen my picks, perhaps every second day of ice climbing through the winter if they touch rock. But I sharpen my crampon front points once a season at most.
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