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crampon

1. one of a pair of pivoted steel levers used to lift heavy objects; grappling iron
2. one of a pair of frames each with 10 or 12 metal spikes, strapped to boots for climbing or walking on ice or snow
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crampon

[′kram‚pän]
(design engineering)
A device for holding heavy objects such as rock or lumber to be lifted by a crane or hoist; shaped like scissors, with points bent inward for grasping the load. Also spelled crampoon.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

crampon

A lifting device (for rocks, timbers, etc.) having two steel spikes which grasp the load.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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At first, it was hard to trust that the ice axes and crampons would hold me on the ice wall.
"Crampons just slip on them." The thick frosting of snow hid the rocks, and sometimes we fell.
Besides the crampon components, the laser cuts a variety of climbing aids such as safety pins, grappling hooks, tools to help remove gem from rock cracks, and ski binding parts cut from stainless and aluminum plate.
Besides operational flexibility, Black Diamond saw the laser cutting system bringing superior capabilities to a complex, new design of crampons -- ice-climbing "spikes" that clamp onto boot soles.
The crampon - a metal plate with spikes fixed to a boot for walking on ice or rock climbing - cut through the collie's toe, making it impossible for her to walk down from the summit.
She's let our town down, she's supposed to be helping us, not herself - Karl Jobson, pictured with Jenna Crampon, left
I DON'T suppose in any list of phrases uttered by a gamekeeper you'll find the words: "Pass the crampons."
"It looks like he caught one of his crampons in his trouser leg, which caused him to overbalance.
In becoming the first person of black African descent to reach the top of Everest, he had to face not only the problem of training (a year ago he'd never seen a crampon), but climbers from developed countries don't generally have to worry about their homes being burnt down in their absence, as happened to part of Sibusiso's home.
Yesterday an inquest at Hexham Magistrates' Court in Northumberland heard how the pair descended 5,000ft from the peak when Adam lost a crampon in soft snow and slipped 100ft into a crevasse, taking his father with him.