BendFilm Presents...DIRTBAG: THE LEGEND OF FRED BECKEY
Fri, May 4 at 7pm
Hailed as one of the most influential climbers of all time, Fred Beckey is the original American “Dirtbag” — one who abandons societal norms and material comforts in pursuit of a nomadic mountaineering lifestyle. This rebel athlete’s lifetime of accomplishments set the bar for the entire sport. He shattered records with an unparalleled string of superhuman first ascents, bushwacking trails and pioneering direct routes previously thought impassable.
Becky burned bridges, eschewed fame and stayed unencumbered so that his only obligation would remain conquering the next summit. He kept meticulous personal journals and was an environmentalist before there was such a term. He defiantly continued climbing until passing away in October 2017 at the age of 94.
The appeal of this film — 10 years in the making — reaches far beyond the climbing community. Anyone who is passionate about a sport will be inspired by this masterful portrait of an eccentric genius.