Donor Thank You: Fred Beckey

A message from Fred Beckey, America’s most prolific mountaineer, about why he supports The Mountaineers.
Mary Hsue Mary Hsue
May 03, 2014

I was 13 when I climbed Boulder Peak in the Olympic Mountains by myself—and I guess you can say that I never stopped climbing after that.

For me, the appeal of climbing has many sources: a longing to escape from the artificial civilized order, a need for self-rejuvenation, a desire to restore my sense of proportion. When you are climbing, you experience freedom from constraints.

Mountaineers Books titles inspire people to set and pursue adventurous goals. I appreciate that The Mountaineers were there for me as a youth - and are here now - to teach people the skills they need to go climbing and to experience the wilderness.

Thank you for your support of The Mountaineers.

Cheers,

Fred Beckey

As a teenager, Fred Beckey was a member of The Mountaineers and is featured in The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the Wild Nearby, coming this fall from Mountaineers Books.