American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The climbing of mountains for sport, usually incorporating the skills of rock climbing and climbing on ice.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act or practice of climbing mountains.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Climbing mountains as a sport.
- n. the activity of climbing a mountain
“His lifelong interest in mountaineering culminated in a 1993 climb of Pakistans treacherous K2, the worlds second highest mountain, which changed his life.”
“I found in mountaineering a way of living in which it was easy to get into situations that invariably were going to be difficult to get out of and, once in those situations, once involved, if you failed, the result was either physical injury or death.”
“It's interesting that one of the first things you learn in mountaineering, if you're going to stay with the sport, is how to adapt to changing conditions.”
“I found in mountaineering an activity, a way of life, a lifestyle that was appropriate for my type of personality, because I tend to be lazy, but not incompetent. l found in mountaineering a hard taskmaster.”
“I learned more in mountaineering in these 20 years, I think, than I've ever learned in the years before and I expect to climb until I can't move any more.”
“There is an understandable squeamishness among law-makers about what we used to call "mountaineering", climbing anything that rose out of the ground.”
“This is what they'd call mountaineering eroticism.”
“I mulled over some other popular sub-genres, such as mountaineering (too high!) or desert-crossing (too hot!) before deciding that the books which most struck my fancy were oceangoing adventures.”
“None of their guards carried ropes, grappling hooks, or any other kind of mountaineering apparatus.”
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