Every tourer knows the problem. You start the day in freshly fallen and fluffy powder, but the closest you get to the summit, the roughest the conditions. Winds have blown powder away and all you have to ski on is ice or rock hard snow. That is when you are happy to have your crampons, they provide traction on hard snow and increase safety. If you plan to tour this season, you must have a pair of crampons with you!