Equipment for rent
You can rent equipment either from us or from local equipment shops. If you are in a guided group our guide will help with
this. Shops are within 15 minutes walking distance from our hotel.
In our guided groups we provide all necessary group equipment such as ropes, ice-screws etc. Participants have to have personal equipment or rent it. Equipment list is on our web site, left menu item on every tour page (they are different for different kinds of tours).
Equipment rentals is not our main business, we have some equipment but this is not sufficient to offer equipment on regular basis. That is why this may not be included into the tour cost far in advance. If an item is not available from us it may be rented from local equipment shops. Payment for equipment should be made on the spot to a vendor, depending from where you hire it. The cost in shops may be a bit different and depend on model.
About availability and prices in common (our offer and shops): The availability problem may be only with too big or too small plastic boots. UK 13 / US 14 / Euro 48 is a boundary. Smaller sizes are available, larger sizes are not available. This size is questionable. Other items are available without a problem. Generally speaking we recommend to have own boots (or rent them far in advance in your country) because it is better to test them before you come. Improper model or incorrect selection of size on the spot may cause problems.
You rent item in the valley before you go up to huts and finalize the renting when you come back to the valley. All days you keep the equipment should be paid regardless on actual using. There is no possibility to hire/take back an item at huts.
Samples of prices for 2019. Currency Calculator
Common Info about cramponsChoosing the right crampon can be confusing at best, so here's a quick course: Front Points These are the points that stick out in front of your boots. There are generally two front points for ice and snow, although many climbers are switching to mono points for modern mixed (rock & ice) climbing. For ice, the points should be vertically-oriented, which does less damage to the ice. On snow, most climbers want horizontally-oriented front points, which provide a larger surface on which to stand.
Frame - The frame can be either rigid, flexible or semi-rigid. Choosing the correct frame depends on which boots you have, as well as which discipline you want to emphasize. Rigid is best for ice and mixed climbing, with a stiff leather or plastic boot. Flexible crampons are the old standard for everything. These work well on snow with most any boot. All-around climbers often choose semi-rigid crampons because of their versatility.
Attachment - For any type of climbing, a step-in crampon is the fastest, easiest way to go. To use this style you must have a sole that is designed to accept them. If your boots don't have the correct sole, then you will have to resort to either a RapidFix (also called New-Matic) style crampon, which utilizes a "Y" strap over the toe and a levered heel or a complete strap-on setup. The down side to strap-on crampons is the amount of time and energy it takes to put them on and take them off.
Grivel crampon G10.
A lightweight, universal crampon designed to meet classical demands. G10 is compact (with only ten points), user friendly (short, non-aggressive points), simple to size (rapid, tool-free adjustment system), and will fit any size and type of shoe (available with four different binding systems). The entire G10 crampon is manufactured from Chromoly steel using new technology which is exclusive to Grivel at this time. Called "3 Dimensional Relief Stamping (3DRS)", this process increases the strength and rigidity, not only of the crampon's frame, but of each individual point as well. Four "anti-shear" points, perpendicular to the line of the boot, improve security during descents. The crampons are fully adjustable by hand, without tools and one size fits all. G10 is easily collapsed for transportation. By placing a bolt (included) through the front of the arch piece, it will remain centered, reducing the overall length of the collapsed crampon. In addition, the entire adjustment mechanism may be replaced with a simple nut and bolt; while this reduces weight, future length adjustments will require tools.
New Classic Crampon Binding Systems:
An evolution of the Classic binding. Both front and rear plastic harnesses are hinged to their respective retention posts and may be "opened" to facilitate attachment to the boot, then closed securely once the shoe is inside. The single strap closure system is so simple we may not need to provide instructions; the New Classic is thus ideal for rental programs and first time users. The width of the rear harness adjusts to accommodate virtually any heel size. This system is simple and reliable, quick and easy, but it does take up a bit more space in the rucksack.
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