Mountain climbers ascending Mount Rainier looking at Little Tahoma Peak
A climber taking the final few steps onto the 6,160 m (20,210 ft)[1] summit of Imja Tse (Island Peak) in Nepal, 2004

Mountaineering, or alpinism,[2] is the set of activities that involves ascending mountains. Mountaineering-related activities include traditional outdoor climbing, skiing, and traversing via ferratas.[3][4][5][6] Indoor climbing, sport climbing and bouldering are also considered mountaineering by some.[7]

Unlike most sports, mountaineering lacks widely-applied formal rules, regulations, and governance; mountaineers adhere to a large variety of techniques and philosophies when climbing mountains.[8] Numerous local alpine clubs support mountaineers by hosting resources and social activities. A federation of alpine clubs, the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA), is the International Olympic Committee-recognized world organization for mountaineering and climbing.[9]

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  8. ^ Thomas Kublak (8 June 2014). Mountaineering Methodology - Part 1 - The Basics. Tomas Kublak - MMPublishing. ISBN 978-80-87715-12-3.
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