The Info List - H. Adams Carter

Hubert Adams "Ad" Carter (June 6, 1914 – April 1, 1995) was an American mountaineer, language teacher and was editor of the American Alpine Journal for 35 years.


1 Biography 2 Notable ascents 3 References 4 External links

Biography[edit] Carter was born in Newton, Massachusetts
Newton, Massachusetts
in 1914, and made his first ascent of Mount Washington (1,917 metres) at the age of five. He graduated from Milton Academy in Milton, Massachusetts
Milton, Massachusetts
in 1932 and from Harvard College
Harvard College
in 1936. In 1934, Carter participated with Bradford Washburn in the first ascent of Mount Crillon
Mount Crillon
(3,879 m) in Alaska. In 1936, he was a member of the British–American Himalayan Expedition
British–American Himalayan Expedition
that made the first ascent of Nanda Devi
Nanda Devi
(7,816 m) in India, which remained the highest mountain ever climbed until 1950. Carter also became a member of the United States
United States
Ski Team, competing in the Alpine World Skiing Championships
Alpine World Skiing Championships
in 1937, and the Panamerican championships in 1938. During World War II, Carter assisted in the creation and training of the 10th Mountain Division. He translated material in German, French, Spanish, and Italian for use in writing the first Army manuals on mountain warfare, and developing equipment. Carter also interrogated German and Japanese POWs. In 1945, Carter was awarded a Commendation for Meritorious Civilian Service for his wartime service. After receiving a master's degree from Middlebury College
Middlebury College
in 1947, Carter returned to Milton Academy, where he taught French, German and Spanish until his retirement in 1979. He also founded the school's Ski and Mountaineering
Club, which has become the H. Adams Carter Outdoor Program. Carter often used his second home in Jefferson, New Hampshire as a base camp for school trips to the White Mountains. Carter served as an officer of the American Alpine Club from 1954 to 1958 and as editor of the American Alpine Journal from 1960 to 1995. Under his tenure as editor the Journal became one of the pre-eminent worldwide journals of record for mountaineering. He continued to participate in mountaineering expeditions, including one to survey Ojos del Salado
Ojos del Salado
(6,893 m) in 1956, several trips to the Cordillera Blanca
Cordillera Blanca
in Peru, and a second expedition to Nanda Devi
Nanda Devi
in 1976, which he co-led with Louis Reichardt
Louis Reichardt
and Willi Unsoeld. Due his long work as editor of the American Alpine Journal, Carter became an important chronicler of mountaineering.[1] Notable ascents[edit]

1934 East Ridge above the Plateau, Mount Crillon, Fairweather Range, Alaska, USA. FA of peak with Bradford Washburn, summit attained July 19, 1934.[2]


^ Eberhard Jurgalski (de) (2008). History of chronicles, 8000ers.com, retrieved 9 May 2015. ^ Washburn, Bradford (1995). " Mount Crillon
Mount Crillon
- Sixty-One Years Ago". American Alpine Journal. Golden, CO, USA: American Alpine Club. 37 (69): 22–30. ISBN 0-930410-43-2. 

External links[edit]

introduction to the H. Adams Carter Papers collection at the Denver Public Library description of the H. Adams Carter Outdoor Program at Milton Academy (PDF) AAJ obituary of Adams Carter (PDF)

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 9683231 LCCN: nr00013727 SN