from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Mountain climbing, especially in the Alps.

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  • noun sometimes capitalized Mountain climbing, especially in the Alps.

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  • noun mountain climbing (not restricted to the Alps)


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  • Mercurial French author Rene Daumal defined "alpinism" as "the art of climbing mountains."

  • Until august 20, the brazilian artists Gabriel and Tiago Primo will be living like this, in a house mounted on an alpinism wall outside a bulding, right in the center of Rio de Janeiro.

    On the edge

  • It's a grim testament to the lethality of alpinism that the first thing you see walking toward the International Mountain Museum here is a stone monument to those who never made it back from the hills.

    Simply Because It's There?

  • "The old traditions of alpinism are dead," he says.

    Rocky life of a mountain man

  • Chamonix, France; Courmayeur, Italy; Talkeetna, Alaska have museums that chart the history and evolution of alpinism.

    Simply Because It's There?

  • He climbed Mount Whitney, the highest U.S. mountain outside of Alaska, more than 50 times, ­including making the first ascent of its steep East Face in 1931, a landmark climb that heralded the arrival of alpinism in ­California.

    A Solitary, Singular Life

  • A photo of Reinhold Messner's feet minus seven toes lost to frostbite during a climb of Nanga Parbat in the Himalayas (his brother also died on the climb) raises the question of whether alpinism can actually be called a real sport at all, assuming sport to be a game in which losing doesn't necessarily equal death or disfigurement.

    Why Climb a Mountain?

  • One section is called "In search of difficulty," which is as good a definition of alpinism as I've ever heard.

    Why Climb a Mountain?

  • Ferdinand was a highly skilled outdoorsman, having excelled in alpinism.

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  • Ferdinand was a highly skilled outdoorsman, having excelled in alpinism.

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