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Alpine Start

Definition of a Climbing Word

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Alpine Start

When climbers begin a mountain ascent in the early hours of the morning, usually around 2 or 3 a.m, so that they can avoid falling ice and rocks when the sun heats the wall during daylight hours and so that they can maximize climbing time, particularly in a good spell of weather, and reach the peak summit and return to camp before nightfall. Climbers usually get alpine starts in the European Alps, Himalayas, and other great mountain ranges.

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