He was known for this first ascents, which remain unequalled for volume and quality, and for detailed guidebooks. What isn't known is how his monomaniacal drive to climb and document sometime got Fred into hairy situations.
Fred Beckey was one of America’s most accomplished and celebrated climbers. During his 77-year career he has made hundreds of first ascents, including routes on Denali, Devils Thumb, Mount Hood, Mount Edith Cavell, Mount Hooker, Mount Deborah, Devils Tower, and, of course, the celebrated Beckey/Chouinard on the South Howser Tower in the Bugaboos. He was the author of eight books including the popular Cascade Alpine Guide series. This feature originally appeared in Rock and Ice.
Fred Beckey: January 14, 1923–October 30, 2017
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