Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey

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USA | 2017 | 96 minutes | Dave O'Leske

Opens January 26, 2018

A gruff 94-year-old Northwest native, Fred Beckey is the quintessential “dirtbag” a breed of rebellious, fearless mountain climbers. Director Dave O’Leske spent 10 years shadowing Beckey throughout the world as he searched for the next peak to conquer.

Beckey has made hundreds of first ascents since the 1940s and inspired countless young climbers to plan their next Alpine routes. With a gruff style that is off-putting to some, Beckey has also accumulated a mountain of hurt feelings and broken relationships along the way, but his prolific writings in 13 guidebooks have been widely praised among the mountaineering community. With illuminating interviews of fellow climbers, including Conrad Anker, Reinhold Messner, and Jim Whittaker, Dave O'Leske's documentary reveals the soul of a solitary, complex, sometimes infuriating athlete who is as misunderstood today as he was in his prime, but is no less respected by his peers.

  • Director: Dave O'Leske
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 96 minutes
  • Producer: Adam Brown, Dave O'Leske, Jason Reid, Colin Plank, Andy McDonough
  • Cinematographers: Dave O'Leske, Jeff Wenger
  • Editors: Jason Reid, Darren Lund
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Language: English