Now for those of you as 'green' as me in this department, just open that box slowly...crampons are seriously scary at first...once I had taken them out the packaging, I thought that I would never figure them out! They are sharp, they clang and there are bits and pieces that move, tie and so much more!
The best advice I can give you here is this: YOUTUBE!! It's my new favourite friend!! I have learnt tons on there, from putting on crampons, to stuffing a down jacket! It's incredible how people just know what people need to see...so to familiarise myself with crampons in general I watched a pile of videos from how to walk in crampons, different techniques and then how to get them on and off safely. Do yourself a favour, go watch these videos, they will give you a bit more courage to attempt it yourself!
Joe helped me a bit, I placed them on a folded towel on a concrete floor and then stepped into them, toes down and first, clipped the toe clip up and then pushed my heel down. I then had to wrestle the plastic back clip for a while, I thought it would break I was pulling so hard, but we were told they must be tight, and voila! Eventually I got the hang of it and can now put both on quite comfortably...but in saying that, I'm sure it's a different story once I'm on the glacier, in the dark with thick gloves on!
A little tip: I painted bright lumo pink nail polish onto my right crampon's front foot lever...I just wanted to make it a little easier for myself in adverse conditions to immediately put the right one at the right boot!