I won't hike or hunt steep terrain without crampons anymore, as my broken leg on Kodiak likely could have been avoided if I had been wearing mine instead of leaving them in my pack. I used Hillsound Trail Crampons http://www.hillsound.com/2products/trail_crampon.php for all of last season, and was very happy with them. Although they don't have a fixed footplate, I never had any trouble with them sliding-- I bet the shank in my mountaineering boots helped prevent it though, so not sure they would do as well on boots with a lot of twist in the sole. The Hillsounds are also super easy to take on and off, as they use stretch rubber and Velcro to make them easily adjustable.
We Also have a couple sets of stubai fixed footplate crampons, and they work great...but a are lot heavier and more of hassle to don and doff. Probably overkill unless you are ice climbing. For most sheep and goat hunts I think the Hillsounds are more than adequate.
I agree completely, which is why I wasn't wearing them...but given my not so fun experience, I don't know how much more glissading (or butt sliding as we call it) I will do again. I think I could have descended safely on foot with crampons, though the going still would have been treacherous...Becca, You don't wanna do any glissading or grass sliding wile wearing crampon's.. They can bite into the terrain and send you tumbling and or break an ankle.. Best to do what you tried to do with you're trekking poles (self arrest) and slow down or stop..
Not at all, I wasn't very clear. Things could have been way worse if I had been sliding AND wearing crampons Think my butt sliding days are over, slow and steady wins the raceMy bad Becca... I read you're post wrong..I was assuming you were thinking you could have controlled the speed of your slide if you had been wearing them.. That's what I get for assuming