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    RIP Fred Beckey

    He was America's biggest badass mountaineering stud of all time, with hundreds of first ascents. His 3-volume Cascade Alpine Guide was the definitive guide to climbing routes in the WA and southern BC Cascades. RIP Fred. You had a damn fine run.

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    An original dirtbag.

    RIP


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    94... damn if he didn't make it to old and bold.

    RIP.
    Move upside and let the man go through...

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    Damn... a true one off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Downbound Train View Post
    And there will come a day when our ancestors look back...........

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    a legend defined. rip

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    RIP Fred,

    You lived your life right to the hilt, inspiring generations in your wake.

    In your memory I will post this fitting HST quote:
    “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow!
    Alpental Indigenous

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    Rest in peace, Fred, you were one of a kind.

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    Aw shit. I was wondering about him just a month ago. He was so awesome.

    When I saw this thread I was going to post that "will belay for food" pic, but I'm not surprised it's already up.

    RIP.
    山、川、森林、砂漠、海、空

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    what did he choke on a free appy at a walmart food display?

    But seriuosly 94 is a damn good run

    We were just talking about him
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    Bad ass till the end. RIP.

    The most prolific climber of all time and that might not ever be challenged. Seriously, he went for about 3/4 of a century, non stop. Still waiting to watch the movie.

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    Never knew about him until I read the quote about him stealing your women and stealing your route...ultimate dirtbag. RIP.

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    RIP

    A classic!

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    Climb on, you crazy diamond. Rip Mr. Beckey


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    I'm not a climber but always looked up to Fred. He did life right . Complete legend.
    Thanks Fred

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    The real deal, RIP.

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    Un alpiniste sans égal.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ernest_Hemingway View Post
    I realize there is not much hope for a bullfighting forum. I understand that most of you would prefer to discuss the ingredients of jacket fabrics than the ingredients of a brave man. I know nothing of the former. But the latter is made of courage, and skill, and grace in the presence of the possibility of death. If someone could make a jacket of those three things it would no doubt be the most popular and prized item in all of your closets.

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    Last night I had a dream about our climb of Mt. Despair in the mid-1990's. Despair was Fred's earliest first ascent, in 1939 when he was 16. One of his climbing partners, Lloyd Anderson, who had started REI in his West Seattle home a year before. In the dream we were hanging out with Fred on the summit, then my party started our descent, leaving Fred at the summit. Then I awoke. Eerie shit.

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    A dogged explorer of the high places!

    RIP Mr. Beckey

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    I was introduced to him by Martin Volken at an event,

    "Let me introduce you to Fred Beckey, it might stop him for a moment from staring at my wife's tits and stuffing items from the buffet into his pockets"

    It didn't.
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    And there will come a day when our ancestors look back...........

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    haha

    Was Fred within earshot? Did he flash his typical smirk?

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    I had the opportunity to “ski powder” with Fred and eat lunch with him in the lodge after that run. I was telling him how scared I was when I had climbed one of his routes the previous summer. He said “well, that’s as good of a reason as any I guess, I think I climbed it to impress a girl.” RIP Fred.


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    our GFs are finally safe ............. off-belay Freddy Boy

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIYSteve View Post
    haha

    Was Fred within earshot? Did he flash his typical smirk?
    Yep. That must have been 16 or 17 years ago now.

    Saw him at Crystal 5 or maybe 6 years back skiing groomers in the spring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PNWbrit View Post
    I was introduced to him by Martin Volken at an event,

    "Let me introduce you to Fred Beckey, it might stop him for a moment from staring at my wife's tits and stuffing items from the buffet into his pockets"

    It didn't.
    Classic.
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