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Crab 6

Greetings Andy, I have read your very interesting article on how to choose a crampon. I am planning to climb Mount Toubkal & a neighboring peak in March next year. I have been looking at advertisements for the Petzl charlet crab 6 crampon. In your opinion would this be suitable & adequate for this trek? I have no plans for more difficult snow or ice climbs. I would appreciate your opinion. With regards, John

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Technique  

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Gear 

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Q&A 

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Gear 

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Q&A 

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Gear 

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Technique  

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Climbing 

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Climbing 

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Gear 

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Climbing 

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Book 

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Training 

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Technique  

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Gear 

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Gear 

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Climbing 

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