Fred Beckey in the Dolomites


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Trad climber
Salt Lake City
Sep 20, 2013 - 08:29pm PT
That dude rocks. 30 more years and I'll be right there with him. Or dead, most likely dead.

Social climber
Sep 20, 2013 - 11:28pm PT
Fred was alive and well when those diatoms which formed the limestone of the Dolomites were alive and well.


Bad Climber

Sep 21, 2013 - 09:14am PT
Fantastic. Never met the guy, which is amazing since I've been all over the western US and Canadian mountains. Maybe we passed at some point, but I didn't know who he was. I've owned his Cascades guide books since back when they first came out, and his autobiography about Cascades climbing was like a bible for me as a young, teenaged climber, so I've known about the goat for virtually all of my 36 years of climbing.

I'm with Burch3y on this, too. The video is bittersweet. The guy can't have a lot of time left, but he sure knows how to keep swinging. It doesn't seem like he had a lot of fun on the hike or climb--just grimacing determination to get it done. Damn, aren't them Dolomites beautiful?

Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Sep 21, 2013 - 09:23am PT
Burch3y, It is our mortality that gives life such unmeasurable value. If we all went on forever with the bodies of youth our times in the mountains would hold little value. Fred's lesson for us all is a good one, keep moving and enjoy the dance while the music lasts.

Trad climber
Sep 21, 2013 - 11:19am PT
Fred is one of the few guys who can make Donini look young.
Fred is the true Everyready bunny, just keeps on going.
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 21, 2013 - 11:22am PT
Good eye, Rodger!

Torre Quarta Bassa
Torre Quarta Bassa
Credit: Brian in SLC

Torre Quarta Bassa via Normal...
Torre Quarta Bassa via Normal...
Credit: Brian in SLC

Fun route. Nice little spot. Lunch at the hut? Benissimo!
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Sep 21, 2013 - 11:46am PT
Getting back to Mouse: No, Mouse, not quite right on that first post. Fred IS a diatom.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Sep 21, 2013 - 12:00pm PT
Getting back to Ron A, It's "Beckey" and has been since the dawn of ti...
Getting back to Ron A, It's "Beckey" and has been since the dawn of time.
Credit: Jeff Johnson

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Sep 21, 2013 - 02:01pm PT

We bailed after the one route, since the temperature was falling like a stone; it snowed in Wolkenstein that same night, and Sella Pass, along with Groedner Pass were both closed until the snowplows cleared the roads. My pix for the climb are all posted on

P.S. I'm currently in Munich for my return flight first thing Monday morning. See you at CoR later in October!

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Sep 21, 2013 - 02:08pm PT
Getting back to the original intent of the OP, I had several meetings with Fred; not on the rock, but in the Sink in Boulder back in the early 1960's. It was a real blast to hear Layton give Fred a ration of $hit, all the time with a big grin on his face. I recall Fred saying he had to return to Washington for a "business deal," but Layton reassured me there was some chick waiting for him!

Boulder climber
Sep 21, 2013 - 03:37pm PT
Some of these really old guys are amazing in their physical feats.


Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Sep 21, 2013 - 08:31pm PT
Angela and I put together a trip to the mountains of Sichuan China with Phil Kirchlisky, a West Point mate and friend of Greg Crouch. It just so happens that we will be in the same place, at the same time as Senor Becky.......let the party begin!

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Sep 22, 2013 - 03:07am PT
If I didn't go to the Health Club 3 days a week, I'd be a physical wreck. Working out seems to be all that's holding my joints together! ;)
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