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alpenstock

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
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Winterbourne presently released the child, who departed, dragging his alpenstock along the path.
You think of Switzerland and you think of chocolates with wrappers picturing gentle, green alpinemeadowed moo-cows and buckets of foaming milch, edelweiss, gentian, old boys with alpenstocks and Tyrolean hats, wooden chalets with geranium-bedecked balconies, snow-capped peaks, the Red Cross, impossibly blue lakes with gleaming-white steamboats plying their watery way.
A typical treatment involved being wrapped in wet sheets at 6 am, bathed in cold water and sent up the hills to drink the springwater, the infirm helped on their climbs by Alpenstocks or Malvern walking sticks.