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.
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Carter was born in
Newton, Massachusetts in 1914, and made his first
ascent of Mount Washington (1,917 metres) at the age of five. He
Milton Academy in
Milton, Massachusetts in 1932 and
Harvard College in 1936.
In 1934, Carter participated with
Bradford Washburn in the first
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 (7,816 m) in India, which remained the
highest mountain ever climbed until 1950.
Carter also became a member of the
United States Ski Team, competing
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 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
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 in Peru, and a second expedition to
Nanda Devi in
1976, which he co-led with
Louis Reichardt and Willi Unsoeld.
Due his long work as editor of the American Alpine Journal, Carter
became an important chronicler of mountaineering.
1934 East Ridge above the Plateau, Mount Crillon, Fairweather Range,
Alaska, USA. FA of peak with Bradford Washburn, summit attained July
^ Eberhard Jurgalski (de) (2008). History of chronicles,
8000ers.com, retrieved 9 May 2015.
^ Washburn, Bradford (1995). "
Mount Crillon - Sixty-One Years Ago".
American Alpine Journal. Golden, CO, USA: American Alpine Club. 37
(69): 22–30. ISBN 0-930410-43-2.
introduction to the
H. Adams Carter Papers collection at the Denver
description of the
H. Adams Carter Outdoor Program at Milton Academy
AAJ obituary of Adams Carter (PDF)