American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The sport or activity of climbing sheer rock faces, especially by means of specialized techniques and equipment.
- n. the sport or pastime of scaling rock masses on mountain sides (especially with the help of ropes and special equipment)
“August saw me rock climbing with my fellow amputee and friend Malcolm Daly in El Dorado Canyon near Boulder, pacing my friend Rich Haefele to his first ultramarathon finish in the Leadville Trail 100, and surviving two hair-raising back-to-back days of intense photo shoots for GQ’s “Men of the Year” issue and Vanity Fair’s “People of 2003” issue.”
“We went on beginner-level climbing excursions around central Arizona, took trips to the indoor rock climbing gym in Tempe, and over Labor Day weekend of 1998, Mark led my friend Howard and me on my first multi-pitch alpine rock climb on Vestal Peak in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.”
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