“Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey” has released to critical acclaim, winning 26 festival awards and rising to the top of the iTunes charts in the Sports and Documentary categories. It is a member of a select group of films to receive a 100% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Hailed as one of the most prolific and influential climbers of all time, Fred Beckey has become a cult hero in the outdoor world. His mountaineering accomplishments are unmatched. He eschewed fame, money and family life so his only obligation would be the next summit. This untamable athlete conquered more unclimbed peaks than anyone in history during his 80-year climbing career, staying myopically focused on the mountains until his death in 2017 at age 94. Spoken in hushed tones around campfires, Fred Beckey’s name has evoked simultaneous adulation and vitriol since the 1940s. He pioneered the lifestyle of the freewheeling American “Dirtbag” — one who forgoes material comforts and defies societal norms to pursue a nomadic life of outdoor adventure — leaving a long trail of scorned climbing partners and lost lovers in his wake.
A scholar and author of essential climbing guides, an environmentalist ahead of his time, a polarizing figure and an inspiration to all who yearn to live life on their own terms, this iconic mountaineer has remained shrouded in mystery until now.