Fred Beckey in the Dolomites

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Ward Trotter

Trad climber
Sep 20, 2013 - 03:38pm PT
So inspiring and note Fred ties in with a bowline, so end of discussion on that issue.

Because a bowline was all they had back in 1907 when he learned.

I have a book copyrighted in 1970 and Beckey is therein referred to as a " veteran climber"

Burch3y

Mountain climber
San Diego
Sep 20, 2013 - 05:10pm PT
This video of Fred does a couple things to me.

It's great to just watch him climb, and think about all the things he's accomplished over these many years. All the summits he's seen. It's inspiring and humbling. Huge amounts of both.

It also makes me sad, or thoughtful perhaps on my own mortality. The weakness of our bodies...as strong as we might be at some point, tackling a myriad of frozen peaks or schlepping over miles upon countless miles of brutal approaches, carrying only enough to accomplish and survive - we all will age. We all will die. Even tough-as-nails Fred Beckey will someday pass, and that's difficult to think about. I wonder how much he thinks about it?
Kenygl

Trad climber
Salt Lake City
Sep 20, 2013 - 05:29pm PT
That dude rocks. 30 more years and I'll be right there with him. Or dead, most likely dead.
khanom

Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Sep 20, 2013 - 06:15pm PT
What? You said what?

So this one time, not at band camp, Chris Chan and I are walking down from the Whitney area and I'm a bit ahead of her and run into Fred taking a nap. We shoot the sh#t for a bit and I'm on my way... Chris is only a minute or two behind and at some point I wait for her. Only she's held up 'cause Fred, the old dog, is pretty much all about the ladies. I think it was like 10 minutes before he let her go.

We ran into another couple that had seen him hiking up that trail the previous day.

That, my friends, is dedication. Please tell me I'll have that kind of motivation at that age.

I've always thought that Chris had that same mojo.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Sep 20, 2013 - 08:28pm PT
Fred was alive and well when those diatoms which formed the limestone of the Dolomites were alive and well.


HAHAHAAHAH!!!!!


Bad Climber

climber
Sep 21, 2013 - 06:14am 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?

BAd
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Sep 21, 2013 - 06:23am 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.
AP

Trad climber
Calgary
Sep 21, 2013 - 08:19am 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 - 08:22am 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 - 08:46am 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 - 09:00am 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
http://www.thecleanestline.com/2012/03/beyond-and-back-fred-beckey.html
Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Sep 21, 2013 - 11:01am PT
Brian-

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 mountainproject.com.

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

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Sep 21, 2013 - 11:08am 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!
jgill

Boulder climber
Colorado
Sep 21, 2013 - 12:37pm PT
Some of these really old guys are amazing in their physical feats.



donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Sep 21, 2013 - 05:31pm 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!
Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Sep 22, 2013 - 12:07am PT
John-
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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