traction device for sheep hunting
Wanted to get everyone's opinion on traction devices for a north Wrangell sheep hunt. Not going to an area with any large glaciers but it looks like there are a few smaller ones. Also heard they might be useful for wet, grassy hillsides, etc. I don't think I need or want full crampons, but was thinking of something like this:
These weigh 12.2 oz. and cost $59. Think they are worth it?
Number of miles Kahtoolas or instep crampons have spent in my pack= at least 400 miles.
Number of times used = ZERO
Number of punctured/scraped torn gear items = lots
My advice (unless you are hunting the last week of the season in very steep terrain) is to leave them at home!
Carry a couple extra candy bars instead!
What SS365 said - been there, done that - good idea that just doesn't get much play for many/most sheep hunts.
Hunting on the north side of the Wrangels will seldom , probably never, require additional traction.
And I agree that any type of crampons will eat up the cuffs of those $130.00 hunting pants.
I am planning on taking them on my Kodiak goat hunt this year. I think I would have used them last year in the Chugach hauling a bear out. We ended up busting our butts a number of times trying to descend steep slopes covered in rotten vegetation. I did get a smile when my old school cousin gratefully accepted one of my trekking poles after using the old "Arse ax" to self arrest a few times
I have them. I haven't found the need for them. Leave them.
The Kahtoola micro-spikes work very well for traction. I used them all winter to train on baldy. Not sure there is much use this time of year though.
OK, looks like I'll save the $59 and 12.2 oz then. Thanks everyone