moun·​tain·​eer·​ing ˌmau̇n-tə-ˈnir-iŋ How to pronounce mountaineering (audio)
: the sport or technique of scaling mountains

Examples of mountaineering in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other popular mountaineering locations, such as Denali, the highest point in North America, have implemented similar doggy-bag requirements to limit waste, but the issue of overcrowding is becoming increasingly common. Colleen Grablick, Washington Post, 22 Feb. 2024 Has mountaineering contributed in any way to beermaking? Gary Stoller, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 Choose based on climate and terrain For technical mountaineering, Todd recommends a full-shank boot with waterproofing and a back welt for crampons. Maggie Slepian, Travel + Leisure, 9 Feb. 2024 In 1922, Finch was the laughingstock of his mountaineering circle, showing up to climbs wearing strange pillowy garb made of feathers and hot air balloon fabric while his friends continued to dress in tweed. Tribune News Service, Hartford Courant, 7 Jan. 2024 The country’s tourism ministry announced plans last June to relocate the camp further down the mountain, but at a recent consultation with the mountaineering industry, the idea was rejected by 95 percent of attendees, reports Navin Singh Khadka for BBC News. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 June 2023 Climbers began to haul themselves up frozen waterfalls and dangling icicles, carving out a discipline separate from mountaineering. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 23 Jan. 2024 It is widely considered to be the birthplace of mountaineering and hosted the first-ever Winter Olympic Games in 1924. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 19 Dec. 2023 Now, a camera belonging to one of the deceased climbers has emerged from a receding glacier near the summit … … and one of mountaineering’s most enduring mysteries has been given air and light. John Branch, New York Times, 9 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History


mountaineer "to engage in mountain-climbing" (verbal derivative of mountaineer) + -ing entry 1

First Known Use

1803, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mountaineering was in 1803

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“Mountaineering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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moun·​tain·​eer·​ing -ˈi(ə)r-iŋ How to pronounce mountaineering (audio)
: the sport or technique of climbing mountains

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