Definition of crampon in US English:



  • 1A metal plate with spikes fixed to a boot for walking on ice or rock climbing.

    • ‘The crampons went clack-clack, sharply, the metal points ringing in his ears with each step.’
    • ‘To scale the 35 metres you need climbing boots, crampons, two ice axes, a helmet, a harness, plus a head for heights.’
    • ‘I decided I'd better put on my crampons over my boots to grip the snow better, then tentatively stepped out onto the steep slope.’
    • ‘Victor was a few feet below, moving like an exhausted old man as he front-pointed up slowly on his crampons.’
    • ‘Attached to the dummy is an adjustable frame that holds your ski boot via a clip such as those used with clip-on crampons.’
    • ‘The snow is smooth, unfrozen but dense enough for boot crampons.’
    • ‘This month, alpinist Mark Synnott tests the sharpest new ice axes, crampons, ice screws, leashes, and screamers.’
    • ‘Then we climbed up with crampons and ascenders.’
    • ‘The snow underfoot is hard and crystalline, and grates beneath my crampons with a sound of metal on metal.’
    • ‘Don't touch metallic objects like ice axes, crampons, tent poles, or jewelry.’
    • ‘Use good judgment and go to boot crampons and hand tools if need be.’
    • ‘We put crampons over our boots, roped up and ascended the ice cliff in single file, using our ice picks to stabilize us at each step.’
    • ‘Hinged crampons are used for mountaineering and snow climbing, not ice climbing.’
    • ‘But, despite traversing steep alpine regions, he did not pack crampons, an ice axe or an emergency distress beacon.’
    • ‘Boot soles are chevroned for hiking and accept crampons for climbing up icy chutes.’
    • ‘In fact, you'd probably need crampons in order to walk.’
    • ‘So carry a lightweight rope, harnesses, ice axe, crampons, and ascenders.’
    • ‘We looked at our iceaxes, crampons and waterproofs with some humility.’
    • ‘The 650-foot gully was so steep it required ice axes, crampons, ropes, and belays to ascend it.’
    • ‘There are, of course, more conventional walks that don't involve the donning of crampons.’
  • 2

    archaic term for grappling hook


Middle English (in crampon (sense 2)): from Old French, of Germanic origin.