moun·​tain·​eer | \ ˌmau̇n-tə-ˈnir How to pronounce mountaineer (audio) \

Definition of mountaineer

1 : a native or inhabitant of a mountainous region
2 : a person who climbs mountains for sport

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The mountaineers, led by veteran British climber Martin Moran, had set out to reach the top of an unclimbed, unnamed 21,250-foot ridge, but lost contact with their base camp after an avalanche swept through a section of the mountain. Fox News, "Final footage of climbers who died on Himalayan mountain in India revealed," 9 July 2019 The Indo-Tibetan Border Police believe the mountaineers might have accidentally triggered an avalanche that led to their death. Ben Kesslen, NBC News, "Recovered GoPro footage gives glimpse into 8 dead Himalayan climbers' treacherous trail," 9 July 2019 Using a system of steel cables, iron rungs, ladders and other hardware attached to the rock face, via ferratas offer access to places typically only reached by mountaineers and rock climbers. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "What are via ferratas and why is Colorado so crazy about them?," 2 July 2019 At extreme altitudes, a mountaineer's fine motor control and high-level decision making are frequently impaired. National Geographic, "Inside the Everest expedition that built the world’s highest weather station," 27 June 2019 Back in the eighties, everyone who went was an experienced mountaineer. Mark Jenkins, Outside Online, "How to Fix Everest," 20 June 2019 Those record numbers caused some mountaineers to blame the 11 deaths this year on overcrowding. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "4 bodies recovered from Mount Everest as Nepal seeks help in identifying dead climbers," 10 June 2019 Chief Silks, an avid outdoorsman, marathoner and mountaineer, had just put in his retirement paperwork. Michael Wilson, New York Times, "Two Veteran Police Officers Die by Suicide in 24 Hours, Stunning Department," 6 June 2019 Indian air force pilots have spotted five bodies while searching for eight mountaineers reported missing for more than week in the Himalayas., "Today: Mexico Makes Its Anti-Tariff Case," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of mountaineer

circa 1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of mountaineer was circa 1616

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English Language Learners Definition of mountaineer

: a person who climbs mountains : a mountain climber


moun·​tain·​eer | \ ˌmau̇n-tə-ˈnir How to pronounce mountaineer (audio) \

Kids Definition of mountaineer

1 : a person who lives in the mountains
2 : a mountain climber

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