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Fred Beckey Slideshow Wrap Up

Posted on: April 20th, 2011 by Great Lakes Section

Fred Beckey has made hundreds of first ascents, more than any other North
American climber and at the young age of 88 he is still getting after it!
The Great Lakes Section of the American Alpine Club co hosted Fred Beckey
at Northern Michigan University Thursday April 14th.  Several hundred
climbers from all over the midwest traveled north and gathered to hear
this legend describe remarkable first ascents in the Canadian Rockies,
Alaska, and the North Cascades.

The show highlighted his list of firsts ascents which is impressive.  It
included, to name only a few, the following:

* 1940 Forbidden Peak, North Cascades
* 1946 East Ridge of Devils Thumb, Alaska
* 1954 Northwest Buttress to North Peak, Mount McKinley, Alaska
* 1954 Mount Deborah, Alaska with Henrick Harrier
* 1954 West Ridge Mount Hunter, Alaska
* 1961 North Face of Mount Edith Cavell, Canada with Yvon Chouinard
* 1961 Beckey-Chouinard Route on South Howser Tower, Bugaboos, Canada
* 1996 Mount Beckey, Cathedral Mountains, Alaska

The slide show was followed by a short DVD of Fred and his partner
climbing in the North Cascades with goldline rope and utilizing shoulder
belays!  Post show Fred graciously signed guidebooks, photos, and other
climbing memorabilia for the visiting climbers.

“Fred Beckey has achieved enduring recognition as the most imaginative,
persistent, and thorough explorer and mountain investigator of the Cascade
Range Wilderness.  He was noted as “one of America’s most colorful and
eccentric mountaineers,” and is unofficially recognized as the all-time
world-record holder for the number of first ascents credited to one man.
In addition to being the author of the Cascade Alpine Guide series, Beckey
is also the author of Mountains of North America, The Range of Glaciers:
Exploration and Survey of the North Cascades, and a personal narrative,
Challenge of the North Cascades.”

–Mountaineers Books

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