David Roberts (climber)

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David Roberts
Born 1943 (age 73–74) [1]
Residence Cambridge, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Alma mater Harvard University (B.S., Mathematics)
University of Denver (Ph.D., English, 1970) [2]
Occupation climber, author
Known for author of books on mountain climbing

Walter Orr Roberts (father)

Janet Smock (mother)

David Roberts (born 1943[1]) is a climber, mountaineer, and author of books and articles about climbing. He is particularly noted for his books The Mountain of My Fear and Deborah: A Wilderness Narrative, chronicling major ascents in Alaska in the 1960s, which had a major impact on the form of mountaineering literature. In thirteen seasons spent in the Alaskan wilderness, Roberts is well known for many first ascents, including the Wickersham Wall on Mount McKinley, the West rib of Mount Huntington, climbing in the Western Brooks Range and the Kichatna Spires, and on the East Face of Mount Dickey.

Roberts is the son of Walter Orr Roberts and mentor to Jon Krakauer.

David Roberts attended Harvard University, where he received a mathematics degree in 1965. He was a member of and former president of the Harvard Mountaineering Club. He also received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Denver in 1970.[2]

From 1970 to 1979 Roberts was a professor of literature at Hampshire College, in Amherst, Massachusetts, as well as designing the college's Outdoors Program.[2]

He is generally acknowledged as the "dean" of American climbing literature.[3]

Personal life[edit]

He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Co-authored books[edit]

Edited books[edit]

  • Points Unknown: The Greatest Adventure Writing of the Twentieth Century (2002) W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN 0-393-32378-1

Selected awards[edit]

  • Prix Mediterrane
  • Prix du Salon de Livre de Passy
  • Prix d'Autrans
  • American Alpine Club Literary Award
  • Folio Magazine Award
  • 2003 Grand Prize at Banff Mountain Book Festival, Escape from Lucania
  • Club Medal by Harvard Travellers Club
  • 2001 National Geographic Adventure ranked The Mountain of My Fear and Deborah among the 100 best adventure books ever written


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