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

Definition of mountaineering

: the sport or technique of scaling mountains

Examples of mountaineering in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The sport of ski mountaineering was added to the program for the 2026 Winter Games in Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo. Graham Dunbar, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 July 2021 Ski mountaineering has been proposed by the IOC executive board as the eighth sport on the 2026 program in Milan-Cortina, the Olympic body said., 18 June 2021 The change goes beyond mountaineering and applies to popular activities in Shasta-Trinity like backcountry skiing, fly fishing, rafting, horseback riding and backpacking. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 May 2021 Giving a tutorial on modern mountaineering history, Messner said that leading climbers before him focused mostly on summits. New York Times, 12 May 2021 Ski mountaineering and backcountry skiing also come with their own unique sets of challenges that can necessitate buying protective gear dedicated specifically to those activities. Popular Science, 12 Mar. 2021 After that, the explorer will return to Dallas to train for more mountaineering. Dom Difurio, Dallas News, 1 Apr. 2021 Ski mountaineering is a tough task that’s known to be physically and mentally challenging, but the payoff can be incredibly rewarding. Popular Science, 12 Mar. 2021 But this is as extreme as high-altitude mountaineering gets. Jim Clash, Forbes, 12 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of mountaineering

1803, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jul 2021

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“Mountaineering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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