Need advice. I am going on my first winter hike in the Catskills. The hike is called Sugarloaf Mtn. Loop.
It's 7 miles, rated "difficult", 1850' of elevation gain;1200' of it in one mile. The guy I'm going with has snowshoes for both of us. He is bringing crampons; I don't have a set. Two questions: are they necessary for this hike? If so, would 4pt. instep crampons be sufficient? [Next step up at Campmor is 10 pt. ($40.00 difference)]. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.