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Time Traveller: Take a page from this 100-year-old mountaineering photography album

Neal Carter was made an honorary member of the Alpine Club in 1974. For his mapping work, he was named a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Time Traveller, March 31WEB

This is a page from a wonderfully decorated photo album created by Neal Carter around 1920. MONOVA’s latest exhibit features the work of Dr. Neal Carter (1902-1978), a local mountaineer, who laid the tracks for the climbing community today.

As a pioneering mountaineer, surveyor, cartographer and photographer, he had a huge impact on the next generation of climbers preparing detailed maps, surveying terrain, and capturing stunning images of British Columbia’s Coast Mountains.

He was introduced to mountaineering and to the BC Mountaineering Club by Tom Fyles. He was a member of the BCMC from 1920 to 1926, at which point he left to join the Alpine Club of Canada.

Carter was made an honorary member of the Alpine Club in 1974. For his mapping work, he was named a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Part of Capture Photography Festival's 2021 Selected Exhibition Program, Between Science and the Sublime: Neal Carter’s 1920s Mountaineering Photography Albums is available to view online and in person (by appointment) at MONOVA: Archives of North Vancouver in Lynn Valley beginning April 1, 2021.

Visit the MONOVA website for more information about the history of the North Shore and to learn about MONOVA: Museum of North Vancouver opening in 2021.

Currently, the Archives of North Vancouver at 3203 Institute Rd. in Lynn Valley is open by appointment only. Contact: archives@monova.ca