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 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, "‘The Moth and the Mountain’ Review: The Amateur’s Ascent," 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, "You Won’t Pass Chamonix’s Mountain Guiding Test," 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, "Death in the Alps," 20 Dec. 2019 The region is not known for alpinism or climbing of any sort. Matt Skenazy, Outside Online, "The Last Days of Marc-André Leclerc," 19 June 2018 There’s a strong artistic element to alpinism, including ski touring. Evan Bush, The Seattle Times, "A HISTORIC ADVENTURE From Snoqualmie Pass to Canada in 34 days — on skis," 14 June 2017

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First Known Use of alpinism

1871, in the meaning defined above

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“Alpinism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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