Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey
Presented by: Patagonia Vancouver
Patagonia Vancouver presents Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey
Patagonia Vancouver presents Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey with live Q&A mountaineering legend Barry Blanchard!
Fred Beckey is the original American “Dirtbag” climber whose name has evoked mystery, adulation and vitriol since the 1940s. Beckey’s stubborn, singular quest to conquer peaks meant a solitary life on the road, where he left a long trail of scorned climbing partners and lost lovers in his wake.
The groundbreaking life story of this rebel athlete, who inspired generations with his monumental first ascents, eloquent books and the lifestyle he fearlessly pioneered, is told for the first time in this exclusive documentary film. There is only one Fred Beckey. His legacy in the mountains will live on forever.
Hailed as one of the most prolific, influential climbers of all time, Fred Beckey’s adventures began in Washington’s North Cascade range with his brother Helmy in the 1930s. In 1942, the Beckey brothers cemented their place in alpine lore when the teenagers survived an incredible second ascent of Mount Waddington––considered the most difficult climb in North America at the time. This success marked the beginning of Fred’s epic tear of first ascents around the world, during which he became the consummate “Dirtbag” climber: defined as one who forgoes material comforts and defies societal norms in pursuit of a nomadic mountaineering lifestyle.
DIRTBAG: THE LEGEND OF FRED BECKEY played more than 25 film festivals in 2017, winning 13 awards including five Grand Prizes and two Audience Awards. The film is now playing on an independent screening tour in select cities before releasing via Film Sales Company later in 2018.
This is a free event, but RSVP’ing to secure your seat is encouraged!