The Climbing Dictionary : Mountaineering Slang, Terms, Neologisms & Ling

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In this hilarious yet authoritative illustrated lexicon of climbing terms and slang, former Climbing editor in chief Matt Samet has compiled a reference of more than 600 terms used by climbers and mountaineers around the world.

The Climbing Dictionary runs the gamut from technical terms (belay, harness, rappel, Stopper) to slang (dab, choking the cobra, Gaston, old dad, pimpy), to regional (such as the Southwest's "baby-butt slopers"), antiquated (Goldline, "press-up"), and foreign terms that have achieved universal usage (a cheval, colonnette)-and much more. Each word's definition includes its part of speech, origin (if known), its meaning, and a humorous but factually sound example sentence to demonstrate usage.

Throughout the dictionary, Mike Tea's illustrations-both technical and humorous-help explain harder-to-define terms such as piton, sling, cam, hand jam, or drop-knee. Sure to become the reference -- or even the sicktionary-for novice climbers and expert mountaineers alike.

By Matt Samet
Illustrated by Mike Tea