1.A climber of mythic or heroic stature.
2. A climber who has accomplished climbs of epic difficulty or danger.
3. A climber who has survived a number of epics
4. An exceptionally tough climber.
Orginally used to describe a number of talented and tough climbers from the British Isles during the 40s and 50s. Now used to refer to a mentally and physically tough climber
John's epic first ascent of the North Face proved he was a real hardman.