The Original Dirtbag: Unraveling Fred Beckey

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Genius, enigma, zen master. None of Fred Beckey’s contemporaries or acolytes agree on what he is, but they do agree he’s among the most compelling and rogue climbers of all time.

A forthcoming documentary on the Original American Dirtbag weaves archival photos, meticulous firsthand written accounts, and stunning motion graphics into a detailed narrative on “one of the most prolific, influential climbers of all time.”

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The extended trailer, above, is available for the first time.

Fred Beckey: A Pioneer Of Climbing

Now in his 93rd year of life and (at least) 74th year of climbing, Beckey continues to mystify those who know him best. That is perhaps why the man who bagged hundreds of first ascents and broke records through six decades was excluded from the initial American Everest expedition.

The film is slated for a 2017 release, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign. But the overwhelming support for the film has launched another stretch goal to enhance and finalize production. Check out the updated Kickstarter page for more info.