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alpinist n : a mountain climber who specializes in difficult climbs

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  1. Of or pertaining to alpinism.
    • 1997, "From the editors," Jaskinie - The Caves (Bulletin of the Caving Commission of Polish Mountaineering Association), no. 7,
      The group of Warsaw cavers climbed out of several caves in Poland and of Sistema Cheve using alpinist techniques.
    • 2001, F. J. Sterck and F. Bongers, "Crown development in tropic rain forest trees," Journal of Ecology, vol. 89, no. 1, p. 3,
      The crowns of taller individuals could only be studied from neighbouring trees (climbed using spikes or alpinist ropes).


  1. In the context of "sometimes capitalized": A mountain climber, especially in the European Alps or in ranges of similar ruggedness and elevation.
    • 1885, "Notes and News," Science, vol. 5, no. 124, p. 512,
      The Swiss geologist and alpinist, Horace Bénédict de Saussure, the first to make the ascent of Mont Blanc (Aug. 3, 1787), is to have erected in his honor a statue in the village of Chamounix.
    • 2000, Oliver Nicholson, "Constantine's Vision of the Cross," Vigiliae Christianae, vol. 54, no. 3, p. 311,
      A cross in the sky could have appeared. . . . The famous Alpinist Edward Whymper saw a similar effect on the Matterhorn.
  2. In the context of "sometimes capitalized": A downhill skier who practises the sport on high mountains.


  • Croatian: alpinist


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  • "alpinist" in Encarta® World English Dictionary [North American Edition] © & (P)2007 Microsoft Corporation.
  • Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.



Extensive Definition

This article is about the magazine. See also mountaineering.
Alpinist is a quarterly American magazine focused on mountaineering ascents worldwide. It is based out of Jackson, Wyoming and was founded in 2002. Alpinist won the Maggie Award for Best Overall Design/Consumer Category from the Western Publication Association (WPA) for Alpinist's Autumn issue (Issue 8) in 2005 and the Maggie Award for the Best Quarterly/Consumer Division in April 2004 for its Winter 2003–2004 issue (Issue 5). The magazine mostly publishes articles on 'fast and light' ascents and advocates clean style (not leaving gear behind).
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