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  • noun Plural form of alpenstock.

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Examples

  • To this entreaty Lawrence and the artist added their persuasions, which were further backed by the eloquence of Emma Gray and Nita Horetzki, who entered at the moment radiant with the flush of life's dawning day, and irresistible in picturesque mountain attire, the chief characteristics of which consisted in an extensive looping up of drapery, and an ostentatious display of those staffs called alpenstocks, five feet long, tipped with chamois horn, which are an indispensable requisite in Alpine work.

    Rivers of Ice

  • The photos alternate between landscapes of stately peaks and grand glaciers devoid of any people and shots of climbers and their long alpenstocks.

    He Cut a Fresh Path in Mountain Photography

  • Argentières next morning, and there the strong betook themselves to their legs and alpenstocks, and the weak to mules.

    The Romance of Isabel Lady Burton

  • It is difficult as you know to make acquaintance with an Englishman; two months later, having finished my cure, we were walking, a whole party of us, with alpenstocks on the mountain, no matter what mountain.

    A Raw Youth

  • The strangers leaned on their alpenstocks and listened.

    Kim

  • He produces a very fine grade of celluloid horn, however, which is used to ornament the alpenstocks that are sold to tourists.

    Hemingway on Hunting

  • "Of course it wouldn't be an achievement like the ascent of Rainier," she tempered, "but we should have chances enough to use our alpenstocks before we're through; and it should be a magnificent view; all the great peaks from Oregon to British Columbia rising around."

    The Rim of the Desert

  • Now they traverse a level valley to emerge at the foot of a mountainous region that must be attacked with alpenstocks and helping hands.

    Idle Hour Stories

  • 'Change, wearing blouses and broad straw hats, carrying haversacks on their shoulders, and tall alpenstocks in their hands to facilitate the leaping of the chasms in the glaciers -- looking all the time as if the whole were some disagreeable dream, from which they hoped to awaken in their easy-chair in the back office in Crane Alley.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, No. 382, October 1847

  • On they come, nearer and nearer, and now some are on the hill and begin to climb the steep that forms the defence, slowly and with difficulty, using at times their rifles as aids like alpenstocks.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 11, No. 22, January, 1873

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