An iron-tipped stick used by hillwalkers and formerly by mountaineers.
- One sees them stumble on, leaning on alpenstocks or throwing their heads back to gulp the last of a skinned borraccia.
- As often happens in very remote, sparsely populated places, a man showed up out of nowhere: a Wakhi named Sher Ali, rough as a rock, with his own alpenstock.
- After testing her fitness by a demanding walk he decided that she would cope and took her to be equipped with clinkered boots and an alpenstock.
Early 19th century: from German, literally 'Alp stick'.
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