US / 96 min. / Documentary
Directed by David O’ Leske
Fred Beckey is the original American “”Dirtbag”” climber whose name evokes mystery, adulation and vitriol. Since the 1940s, Beckey has led an obsessive and nomadic quest of first ascents while poetically chronicling the exquisite beauty of nature and mountains in 13 seminal books. This exclusive feature documentary reveals the reclusive 94-year-old Beckey’s public and private personas as he continues to inspire generations of climbers around the world.
Hailed as one of the most influential climbers of all time, Fred Beckey is the original American “”Dirtbag””-one who abandons societal norms and material comforts in pursuit of a nomadic mountaineering lifestyle. This rebel athlete’s lifetime of accomplishments set the bar for the entire sport. He shattered records with an unparalleled string of superhuman first ascents, bushwhacking trails and pioneering direct routes thought previously impassable. Beckey burned bridges, eschewed fame and thrived as a loner so that his only obligation would remain conquering the next summit. He kept meticulous personal journals where he mused on everything from arcane geology to his romantic life, to the myriad sunrises he witnessed from vantages not seen by anyone else on Earth. An environmentalist before there was such a term, Beckey’s legacy includes 13 essential books that act as blueprints for new