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