\ ¦ku̇rt(ˌ)ā¦shel \
plural courte-échelles\ -​l(z) \

Definition of courte-échelle

: a mountaineering maneuver in which a climber clambers on the body or head of another in order to reach a hold

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History and Etymology for courte-échelle

French courte échelle, literally, short ladder

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“Courte-échelle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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