TECH TIP: Antibott For Your Crampons
By Bela G. Vadasz
Antibott devices help keep snow from balling up your crampons. In unconsolidated, soft snow or transitional snow, it can build up and clog your crampons, keeping the points from biting.
The best antibotts are made of soft rubber-like plastic with a flexible panel that "pops" with each step to help keep the snow from building. They add a little more weight and can get pretty worked when climbing lots of rock with crampons. Most antibott devices are removable during the dry spells, then can be put back on for softer snow climbs. Antibotts are a good thing when changable conditions are encountered and it's less practical to take crampons off and on multiple times a day.