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He ascended the peak in 3 hours, taking the final moderate pitch at a near run.

I don't understand "taking the final moderate pitch at a near run".

Can somebody help me out?

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The pitch is the slope of the mountain, which is (in this case) moderate at the top. The person ascending covers this stretch "at a near run," i.e., almost running.

  • Fixed already. . . – Xanne Jun 14 '17 at 5:26
  • You can strengthen this answer by including a definition of pitch, and explaining that the pitch refers to the angle. You could also include an example. – aparente001 Jun 16 '17 at 2:07

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