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Alf Carter - Rock Climbing Instructor & Head Guide

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Alf Carter has been hiking and rock climbing in Northwest Arkansas' Ozark Mountains for 25 years. He was the first to rock climb many of today's popular sites in Northwest Arkansas. These include Sam's Throne, Red Rock Point, Busby Hollow, and Lick Hollow (Horseshoe Canyon) to name a few.



Climbing Credentials:

1972 - Manager of Ozark Outdoor Supply in Little Rock, Arkansas' first outdoor store.

1973 - Northwest Outward Bound - Eugene, Oregon.
28 day mountaineering course.

1974 - Founder of Ozark Mountain Sports, Northwest Arkansas' first outdoor store.

1974 - Bob Culp Climbing School - Boulder Colorado.
3 day rock climbing course.

1975 - Rainier Mountainering Seminar - Tacoma, Washington.
3 day technical mountaineering course.

1976 - International Alpine School - Eldorado Canyon, Colorado.
3 day technical rock climbing course.

1977 - International Alpine School - Eldorado Canyon, Colorado.
3 day technical ice climbing course.

1978 - 2 week climbing expedition with Jeff Lowe to Denali National Park - Talketna, Alaska.

1976 - 1980 Taught rock climbing in Northwest, Arkansas.

1980 - Today - Climbed and hiked in Northwest Arkansas. Explored many virtually unknown areas.

Some friends Alf has shared a rope with:

  • Jeff Lowe - many consider Jeff America's best all around mountaineer. He also founded and ran the International Alpine School and Lowe Alpine Systems.
  • Lou Whitaker - founded Rainier Mountaineering School and led American expeditions to Everest and K2.
  • Nuong Gombu - 1st man to climb Mount Everest twice.
  • Zen Boulden - First Arkansan on the cover of "Rock & Ice" magazine.
  • Wes Williams - intrepid Ozark explorer, the best man to have on either end of the rope.


Ozark Wilderness Works
HC 65, Box 140
Kingston, AR 72742
Phone: (870) 420-3941
Fax: (870) 420-3942
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