“All the climbers you see today, they are all copying Fred.”
We are all well acquainted with the term “Ski Bum” to describe a person that leads a life with the sole pursuit of skiing. Sacrificing career, relationships and well being to maximize time spent on the mountain.
Climbing has a similar designation known as the “Dirtbag.” This is a documentary about the original dirtbag, Fred Beckey, an American climbing icon who has made hundreds of first ascents, more than any other North American climber.
“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 reclusive rebel, who inspired generations of climbers to head for the mountains with his monumental first ascents and eloquent books, is told for the first time in this exclusive documentary film.”