Dirtbag - The Legent of Fred Beckey

Dirtbag - The Legent of Fred Beckey

Hailed as one of the most prolific and influential climbers of all time, Fred Beckey is a cult

hero in the outdoor world. Eschewing fame, sponsors and family life so his only obligation

would be the next summit, this rebel athlete conquered more unclimbed peaks than anyone

during his 80-year career, staying myopically focused on the mountains until age 94.


Spoken in hushed tones around campfires, Beckey’s name evokes simultaneous adulation

and vitriol. He pioneered the freewheeling American “Dirtbag” lifestyle, leaving a long trail of

scorned climbing partners and lost lovers in his wake. A scholar and author of essential

climbing guides, a polarizing figure and an inspiration to generations, this iconic mountaineer

has remained shrouded in mystery until now.


“Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey” explores the unmatched drive, superhuman

achievements and enigmatic genius of this man who set the bar for what is possible in an

uncompromised existence.