Legendary Mountaineer Fred Beckey Dies

The climber, guidebook author, environmentalist, and historian notched a long string of first ascents in his illustrious mountaineering career.
Beckey, right, in 2014

Beckey, right, in 2014

Fred Beckey, the legendary Northwest mountaineer who pioneered routes up some of the world's most difficult peaks, died October 30 at the age of 94. In addition to pulling off a long string of first ascents in the Cascades and elsewhere, Beckey wrote the definitive guidebooks to many North American summits and inspired countless climbers.