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Legendary Mountaineer Fred Beckey Dies

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

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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.