CUSTOM CRAMPONS FOR KYLE MAYNARD
In 2012, we were given the unique opportunity to develop specialized crampons for motivational speaker, best-selling author, entrepreneur and mountaineer Kyle Maynard, who was born with congenital amputation—his arms end at the elbows; his legs end at the knees. We were honored to be a part of his attempt to summit Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, and by carefully studying his mobility challenges we designed a custom set of crampons for his arms and legs.
After a successful ascent of Kilimanjaro, we then collaborated on his next climb in 2016, Mount Aconcagua, the highest peak in South America. That, too, was a successful ascent, with one pair of specialized crampons getting left behind near the top. They’re still up there … somewhere.
We worked with orthotic specialists to discuss the challenges Kyle faced. This collaborative effort helped ensure that Kyle’s orthotics and crampons worked in perfect harmony, allowing him to move efficiently through any terrain he encountered.
The crampons are designed using CAD software and are water-jet cut from the same 4130 chromoly steel used on Kahtoola’s KTS and K•10 Hiking Crampons. They are then hand-bent, and the orthotics are fitted with a custom attachment system to ensure total security while helping Kyle achieve his goals.
In fall of 2017, Kyle returned to Flagstaff as the keynote speaker for the 28th annual Flagstaff Festival of Science. It was a packed house.
To learn more about Kyle and his adventures, visit Kyle Maynard.