Ungricht Carber died in her home at Arnold, California, on September
29, 1992, after a courageous battle with cancer. She died held in
the embrace of the wide circle of family and friends who loved and
She was born March 10, 1952 in Salt Lake City. For
most of the seventies, Joy was a resident of Horsethief Ranch and
Moab, where she took up outdooring, dancing and laughing in the
canyons of the Colorado Plateau. Peepers was into everything,
and was a preeminent female in the evolution of guiding and adventure
travel worldwide. She was the first female river guide on the Bio
Bio in Chile, Turkeys Çoruh, the Watut River in Papua New
Guinea, and the Tatshenshini and Copper Rivers of Alaska. Joy was
a member of the first exploratory expeditions on the Zambezi River
in Africa, the Indus River in Pakistan, and organized and led the
first descent of the Luangua River in Zambia, an all womens
expedition. She married boatman Butch Carber in 1989 on the summit
of Mount Kilimanjaro in East Africa.
She was a boatwoman and guide of mythic proportions,
a caring friend and playmate, a scrappy opponent who could challenge
the toughest. Lets all not forget the impact on our own lives
of Joys courage, spunkiness and enthusiasm for life. She reminded
us to go a little further, point our toes a little more. In the
wisdom of American Indians, wholeness is not seen as the duration
one has lived but rather the fullness with which one enters each
moment. Well miss our friend Peepers, but there is a greater
tragedy than death, and that is having a life not lived. This is
why most of us admired and loved Joy: she consciously and intentionally
sought the fullness of her life.
Donations may be made in Joys honor to the Joy
Ungricht Carber Scholarship Fund, c/o Canyonlands Field Institute.
PO Box 68, Moab, Utah 84532. The JOY scholarship will
pay for female guides to participate in CFIs
River Rescue program, a program Joy taught for many years.