noun, often capitalized
al·​pin·​ism | \ ˈal-pə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce alpinism (audio) \

Definition of alpinism

: mountain climbing in the Alps or other high mountains

Examples of alpinism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Inside, the concrete structure contains exhibits devoted to traditional alpinism, and is meant to give the mountain a lease of life in the summer months, when tourism drops from the peaks of the winter skiing season. CNN, 17 July 2022 Leclerc pushed the cutting edge of alpinism by soloing increasingly ambitious alpine lines with only an ice ax and a pack, both captivating and terrifying the climbing world. The Editors, Outside Online, 23 Dec. 2021 That range is good for any outdoor activity in any season, except for glacier travel and high-altitude alpinism. Matt Jancer, Wired, 20 Nov. 2021 Part of the reason Leclerc had been able to stay relatively under the radar, the filmmakers said, was because of the mysterious nature of alpinism. Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2021 Land on the flanks of Mount Everest itself—and then, with no experience of alpinism and no business among the towering seracs and screaming winds of that incomparable massif, attempt to become the first person in history to climb... Michael O’donnell, WSJ, 13 Nov. 2020 The job has its origins in the early stages of alpinism, in the 19th century, when gentlemen climbers—often British—would engage local French, Italian, or Swiss farmers to take them to the peaks. Simon Akam, Outside Online, 27 Nov. 2019 The body was not surrounded by any of the durable apparatus of alpinism – no boots or karabiners suggested there had been a mountaineering accident. The Economist, 20 Dec. 2019 The region is not known for alpinism or climbing of any sort. Matt Skenazy, Outside Online, 19 June 2018 See More

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First Known Use of alpinism

1871, in the meaning defined above

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“Alpinism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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