Thank you YEG!
Over 225 people took in the film "Dirtbag: the Legend of Fred Beckey" on Wednesday, October 3, at the Metro Cinema at the Garneau. Laughs, tears, and door prizes (courtesy Track N Trail, Patagonia, Vertically Inclined Rock Gym, and MEC).
A very special "thank you" to our partners at Track N Trail and Metro Cinema for making it all possible!
About the film
The remarkable life story of Fred Beckey, 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.
Hailed as one of the most prolific, influential climbers of all time, Fred Beckey’s adventures began in Washington’s North Cascade range with his brother Helmy in the 1930s. In 1942, the Beckey brothers cemented their place in alpine lore when the teenagers survived an incredible second ascent of Mount Waddington––considered the most difficult climb in North America at the time. This success marked the beginning of Fred’s epic tear of first ascents around the world, during which he became the consummate “Dirtbag” climber: defined as one who forgoes material comforts and defies societal norms in pursuit of a nomadic mountaineering lifestyle.
Fred’s accomplishments exceeded anyone in the sport. He shattered records with an unparalleled string of superhuman first ascents, bushwhacking trails and pioneering direct routes thought previously impassable. He eschewed fame, sponsors, family life and the politics of the industry so his only obligation would remain conquering the next summit.
Fred continued climbing until he passed away on October 30, 2017, at the age of 94.
There is only one Fred Beckey. His legacy in the mountains will live on forever.
Director Dave O’Leske’s spent more than a decade filming Fred Beckey with unprecedented access, getting to know the mythical man in the mountains of China, across North America and in his Pacific Northwest home.
Watch the trailer
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