Special intro by Beckey climbing partners Pat Callis, Jack Tackle, Doug McCarty and Rick Reese.
Sunday, April 22 – 6:30PM & 8:45PM
THE GROUNDBREAKING LIFE STORY OF FRED BECKEY, AMERICA’S ORIGINAL “DIRTBAG” WHO INSPIRED GENERATIONS WITH MONUMENTAL FIRST ASCENTS, ELOQUENT BOOKS AND THE LIFESTYLE HE FEARLESSLY PIONEERED.
Fred Beckey is the original American “Dirtbag” climber whose name has evoked mystery, adulation and vitriol since the 1940s. Beckey’s stubborn, singular quest to conquer peaks meant a solitary life on the road, where he left a long trail of scorned climbing partners and lost lovers in his wake. The groundbreaking life story of this rebel athlete, who inspired generations with his monumental first ascents, eloquent books and the lifestyle he fearlessly pioneered, is told for the first time in this exclusive documentary film. Filmed over a 12 year span, Fred Beckey at age 83 allowed Colorado filmmaker Dave O’Leske intimate access to his life and archives. O’Leske spent the following decade at Beckey’s side making an extraordinary film about adventure, aging, sacrifice and a truly one-of-a-kind mountain character.
The film chronicles his climbs from 1939 to nearly today. Beckey made hundreds of first ascents – far more than any other North American – and wrote definitive mountain guides. But he remained an enigma. Rarely interviewed, always allergic to self-promotion, Beckey never landed on magazine covers or became a celebrity. He just kept climbing. There is only one Fred Beckey. His legacy in the mountains will live on forever.