A Public Memorial for Legendary Fred Beckey - Dec 3

The legendary Fred Beckey passed away on October 30, 2017. We will gather at the Seattle Program Center on December 3 for a public memorial.
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A Public Memorial for Legendary Fred Beckey - Dec 3

Fred Beckey, a legend among Northwest Mountaineers, and a climber, environmentalist, historian, and Mountaineers Books author, passed away on October 30, 2017. On December 3 we will gather to celebrate his amazing life. Please join us to honor his enduring impact.

December 3, 2017 | Seattle Program Center

1pm - Gathering begins
1:30pm - Memorial begins
3:15pm - Conclusion of the memorial
4pm - Departure

Please arrive promptly for the 1:30pm service. The memorial is free and open to the public. Hors-d'oeuvres and refreshments will be provided throughout the ceremony. Space is limited and an RSVP is required.


Fred Beckey leaves a lasting legacy. Over the course of seven decades, Fred amassed more first ascents than anyone else on earth and left an indelible mark on the global climbing community. Fred’s unblinking focus on climbing earned him enduring recognition as the most imaginative, persistent, and thorough mountain investigator of his time, and the moniker of “one of America’s most colorful and eccentric mountaineers”. He sought to escape the artificial civilized order and find self-rejuvenation in the mountains. The term “Dirtbag” was coined to capture his off-the-grid spirit. Fred is a symbol of endurance and resilience, building a legacy counted in rope-lengths.

For a deeper look at the impact Fred made on the climbing community, please see our remembrance blog