from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A long staff with an iron point, used by mountain climbers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a stout adjustable walking stick with a metal point, used by mountain climbers and walkers in hilly or uneven terrain

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A long staff, pointed with iron, used in climbing the Alps.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A long, stout staff pointed with iron, originally used by the Alpine mountaineers, and now generally adopted by mountain-climbers.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a stout staff with a metal point; used by mountain climbers


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

German : Alpen, Alps + Stock, staff (from Middle High German stoc, from Old High German).


  • You see, the alpenstock is his trophy; his name is burned upon it; and if he has climbed a hill, or jumped a brook, or traversed a brickyard with it, he has the names of those places burned upon it, too.

    A Tramp Abroad

  • She accepted the "alpenstock" gratefully and soon found it useful for both purposes.

    Blue Bonnet's Ranch Party

  • The picture of him limned itself on her inner vision, and before she was aware she was pleasuring in the memory of the grace of his magnificent body, of his splendid shoulders, of the power in him that tossed her lightly on a horse, bore her safely through the thundering breakers, or towed her at the end of an alpenstock up the stern lava crest of the House of the Sun.


  • She waved her alpenstock, and as he doffed his cap, rounded the brink and disappeared.


  • In addition, she carried for alpenstock the willow pole of Neepoosa.


  • She advances over the upland, jumps over the brook, with the aid of her alpenstock, and climbs up the hillock.

    When We Dead Awaken

  • Every lady had her guide and alpenstock, every man had his alpenstock, and all of us were strapped round our waists to hold on to each other.

    The Romance of Isabel Lady Burton

  • Once I slipped, and my legs fell in, and my alpenstock; but I clung to the stump till hauled up.

    The Romance of Isabel Lady Burton

  • I bought one, and a green felt hat and an alpenstock to keep it company.


  • To scatter a caravan so as to allow me to pass in solitary dignity he regarded as one of his functions, and on one occasion, on a very dangerous part of the road, as he was driving heavily laden mules up the steep rocks above, to their imminent peril and the distraction of their drivers, I was obliged to strike up his sword with my alpenstock to emphasise my abhorrence of his violence.

    Among the Tibetans


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