Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey

2018 • 95 minutes
13 reviews
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Hailed as one of the most prolific and influential climbers of all time, Fred Beckey has become a cult hero in the outdoor world. Eschewing fame, sponsors and family life so his only obligation would be the next summit, this rebel athlete conquered more unclimbed peaks than anyone in history during his 80-year career, staying myopically focused on the mountains until age 94. Spoken in hushed tones around campfires, Fred Beckey’s name has evoked simultaneous adulation and vitriol since the 1940s. He pioneered the freewheeling American “Dirtbag” lifestyle–defined as one who forgoes material comforts and defies societal norms in pursuit of 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. “Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey” explores in cinematic rapture the unmatched drive, superhuman achievements and enigmatic genius of this man who set the bar for what is possible in an uncompromised existence.

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13 reviews
Mike Senchuk
July 10, 2018
Incredible story of a true legend that inspired a uncountable amount of people. To go out and live there dreams ,,You will never be forgotten
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Jacob Wolniewicz
December 16, 2018
If you are into climbing and want a glimpse at the history of one of the most prolific alpine climbers in North America this is worth a watch.
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Ruda Rudolfina
July 4, 2018
Amazing story of the amazing man. Nothing to say more, it's must see.
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