RIP Fred Beckey


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Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 30, 2017 - 02:59pm PT
The Legend has moved on...

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Social climber
Choss Creek, ID
Oct 30, 2017 - 03:02pm PT
At the tender age of 94?

Say it ain't so Russ!

Big Wall climber
Florence & Normandy
Oct 30, 2017 - 03:03pm PT

See you in the next World

A culture of one.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 30, 2017 - 03:05pm PT
He got his moneys’ worth, and so did we. Rock on, Fred.

Trad climber
Twain Harte, California
Oct 30, 2017 - 03:08pm PT
Russ doesn't seem like the type to post it if he didn't know it to be true....

Damn. The words "the Legend" barely begin to do him justice.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Oct 30, 2017 - 03:09pm PT
Rest easy partner.

Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
Oct 30, 2017 - 03:11pm PT
They'll never be another Fred Becky. No words.

Boulder climber
Salt Lake, UT
Oct 30, 2017 - 03:15pm PT
Hard to believe, as Fred seemed just to keep going. But he's had pretty much the definition of a long and full life, led the way he wanted, so perhaps its not too sad for him to head off into the sunset. I'll certainly value the few times I climbed with him in the NW.

RIP, the climbing community will never again see someone like you.

Castlegar BC
Oct 30, 2017 - 03:16pm PT

Rest well Fred

Bruce Morris

Trad climber
Soulsbyville, California
Oct 30, 2017 - 03:20pm PT
Seems lhe was still making it up 5.6s last year.

Trad climber
West Los Angeles, CA/Joshua Tree
Oct 30, 2017 - 03:21pm PT
RIP Fred....there will never be another one like him. He left us with so many amazing routes and lines and inspiration that living the mountain life can be a full time endeavor. Albeit a dirtbagging one.

He carpe diemed the hell out of life.

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Oct 30, 2017 - 03:24pm PT
An icon of icons. The reason so many of us have loaded up the truck, flipped open a guidebook or a tattered topo and headed into the great unknown. It was an honor to be a climber while he was alive.


Trad climber
the middle of CA
Oct 30, 2017 - 03:33pm PT
Walking past formations with a "Beckey Route" I wonder how excited he was to be the first there and how many times he experienced that feeling. More than enough for one lifetime.

I wonder if his little notebooks will ever be transcribed and new classics and history unearthed? Like finding an undeveloped Ansel Adams slide or a long forgotten home recording from a rock n roll legend.

The true climber, RIP
SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, Moab, A sailboat, or some time zone
Oct 30, 2017 - 03:33pm PT
What can one say that hasn’t already been said. The stories. The life. True, there will never be another. :(


Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Oct 30, 2017 - 03:33pm PT
The Man.... he showed all of us the way.


I would like to offer my sincere condolences to Fred's Family and many Friends.


Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Oct 30, 2017 - 03:40pm PT
Rest well.

We all know the phrase "There's a Beckey route up there..." as if we expected Fred to have sent almost every classic formation there is. And in most cases, he did.


Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Oct 30, 2017 - 03:42pm PT
Rest easy and sweet dreams.
norm larson

wilson, wyoming
Oct 30, 2017 - 03:46pm PT
Hopefully he died with his boots on. What a legacy. There will never be another Fred. All I can say is thanks Fred. You gave us so many gifts. I've spent my entire climbing life climbing Beckey routes and rarely been disappointed and always in awe that Fred found so many gems. Tonight I'll raise a toast to Fred.

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, California
Oct 30, 2017 - 03:46pm PT
Yes, a legend.

Trad climber
Oct 30, 2017 - 03:48pm PT
"What would Fred Beckey do?" we always say. We will still say it again and again...Rest well...

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