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What exactly does "Alpine" mean?

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I'm not familliar with some of the climbing terms in use. This is partly because I grew up climbing in 'stralya where they talk funny, and also because some of the terms may be new since I was last climbing frequently.


So what exactly is alpine climbing? I thought it meant that you are going up a mostly 3rd and 4th class route to a summit with "occasional" 5th class parts requiring minimal gear and rope.


I'm confused because I heard someone call the Bukley route on Liberty Bell an alpine climb. Isn't that just multi-pitch trad???



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