David Roberts: Adrenalin Junkie Author and Adventurer

Paul Pinkerton

I’ve never really been into climbing but I’ve come across David Roberts a few times over the years, not face to face but books, articles he’s written etc. I have a couple of his books on the shelf here at Outdoor Revival HQ.

David Roberts has been around for a long time, his experience and knowledge is huge as is his ability to write great books and article. He is an inspiration to many and that probably because he’s a man that’s always driven himself to get out there and do, in a world that’s filled with people that just like the idea or approach things half-hearted (Yes, I fall into that camp sometimes!)

He’s an inspiration, and I’ve recently read a great article about him on ‘Outsideonline’ that came out end of October and it’s well worth a read by anyone into climbing, outdoor adventure or the life of someone that’s been there and done it.


The author of the Article ‘Brad Rassler,’ spent 2 months working on it and it’s a great piece that’s well worth reading.

You can find it here ‘Rebelling Against the Void’

Here are a few titbits about David Robers:

published 1991

David Roberts (born 1943) 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.

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.

He is generally acknowledged as the “dean” of American climbing literature.


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