American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

David Alsop Carter, 1907-1988

  • In Memoriam
  • Climb Year:
  • Publication Year: 1989


David Alsop Carter died in Pueblo, Colorado on February 9, 1988 of lung cancer. Bom on January 16, 1907 in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, Dave developed a love of the outdoors early in life, spending the summers at the family place in the Poconos. He began mountain climbing with his father who took him up several of New Hampshire’s highest peaks as a high-school graduation present. He worked summers in Yellowstone before graduating with a geology major from Penn State.

In 1934, Dave moved to Pueblo to become the CF&I Steel Company’s geologist. His work involved travel to several countries including Mexico, Canada and the Dominican Republic. This kept him in good shape but it was not until the company needed him in more sedentary activities that he was able to resume climbing.

In about 1961 he joined the Colorado Mountain Club and was a founder of the Pueblo group. In 1969, after serving in various offices, Dave became President of the Club. He is the only Pueblan to have held that distinction. He climbed extensively with the Colorado Mountain Club in Colorado and other Western states and also in Canada, the Alps, Alaska and New Zealand. His account of that New Zealand trip was recounted in Trail and Timberland of June 1968. It was on that trip that he met, later to marry, Frances (Freddie) Chamberlin, who is also an AAC member.

Dave’s love of the mountains was closely rivaled by his love for tennis. He competed nationally until shortly before his death. His activity, in what for most would have been their waning years, was an inspiration to all who knew him. He is survived by Freddie and two daughters by a previous marriage.

Michael E. Clifford, M.D.

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