a strong staff with an iron point, used by mountain climbers.

1820–30; < German, equivalent to Alpen Alps + Stock staff Unabridged
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alpenstock (ˈælpənˌstɒk)
an early form of ice axe, consisting of a stout stick with an iron tip and sometimes having a pick and adze at the head, formerly used by mountain climbers
[C19: from German, from AlpenAlps + Stockstick1]

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It was fastened to the original alpenstock used on the climb.
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