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By ErikaNW
Jan 8, 2013
Rapping off the Matron October, 2010
Erik Harz wrote:
Upon returning to the base to pick up our stuff, Fred discovered that while he was climbing, a little girl camped at the nearest site with her family (her dad must have told her about Fred) wrote Fred an inspirational card! Fred was stoked, and walked with his head up as high as he could back to camp, with the card in one hand and his classy mountaineer coiled rope in the other.


This whole story has completely made my day, especially this last bit - thank you so much for posting!

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By KDog
Jan 8, 2013
Agreed, this has put a smile on my face all day. Super cool and inspiring!!!

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By Ryan Williams
Administrator
From London (sort of)
Jan 8, 2013
El Chorro
He's got to be the coolest climber ever. Who could be cooler than Fred Becky?

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By notmyname
From Stony Brook, NY
Jan 8, 2013
how many napkins were used?

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By Baumer
From Boulder, CO
Jan 8, 2013
Easy Lieback
This is just awesome. Also, I think this may be the first MP post I've ever seen that didn't devolve into a flame war by the end of the first page! Apparently there's exactly ONE thing all of us can agree on.

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By limpingcrab
From Visalia, CA
Jan 8, 2013
Huge invisible muscles
I'd love to talk to that guy! Thanks for sharing, that was great!

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By Bruce Theriault
From Longmont
Jan 8, 2013
Awesome and inspiring story. Thanks for the post and pics!

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By RyanJames
Jan 8, 2013
Photo by Aaron Lavinsky
Awesome post!

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By RyanJames
Jan 8, 2013
Photo by Aaron Lavinsky
Awesome post!

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By James Barnett
From Bishop Ca.
Jan 8, 2013
Pretty damn cool

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By Robbie Mackley
From Tucson, AZ
Jan 8, 2013
Me and Holden at the "Matterhorn"
Mr. Beckey must be fairly active. One of my mentors had the pleasure of climbing (Mt. Lemmon, AZ)with him 12/27or28/012. Great post, thanks for the pics.

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By Benjamin Chapman
From Small Town, USA
Jan 8, 2013
old 1/4" bolt.
Fred.....you're an inspiration and my hero. I hope to have a climbing career that spans seven decades.

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By Brian Hudson
From Lenoir, NC
Jan 9, 2013
Valor Over Discretion (5.8), RRG
awesome!

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By jhn payne
Jan 9, 2013
"Ragin Cajun" 5.12c Jackson Falls, So Il.
Well some days at the crag I think I'm the old guy, but then I see some shots of Fred still out there and that is so inspiring, probably more than a twenty something doing the latest V whatever. He has rewritten the book on what is possible.

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By Schaps
From Bishop, Ca
Jan 9, 2013
Sierra East side ( South Lake )
This shows that there can be (a few) old and bold climbers...carry on upwards only upwards- no traversing!!

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By Wade J.
From Boulder, CO
Jan 9, 2013
winter aid climbing
Way to keep after it Fred! A true inspiration and climbing hero. Great photos!

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By squiddo
From Mountain View, CA
Jan 9, 2013
A fine day at Reeds- Ejesta!
AWESOME

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By nicojah
From Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Jan 9, 2013
At the Armora Gedel area above Addis Ababa
Somebody should write this man's life... from a climber's point of view, he has made more accomplishments than can be counted. It would be a shame if there were no biography for Fred!

Excellent Post and story! Thank you

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By Mark Heyman
Jan 10, 2013
Becky: Awsome.
Author: self centered idiot.

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By Paisley Close
From Mojave, CA
Jan 10, 2013
Me at Pine Creek trailhead
So moved and inspired! Thank you Fredů

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By Martin le Roux
From Superior, CO
Jan 10, 2013
Stairway to Heaven
nicojah wrote:
Somebody should write this man's life... from a climber's point of view, he has made more accomplishments than can be counted. It would be a shame if there were no biography for Fred!


You should invest in a copy of Fred's "100 Favorite Climbs" ($50 or so on Amazon.com). The intro is a long & funny biography of Fred by Barry Blanchard. Fred's route descriptions also have lots of personal recollections.

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By Bill Morck
Jan 10, 2013
There are many that come close (Layton Kor and Harvey Carter come to mind) but nobody that quite equals the awesome lifetime dedication to the spirit and meaning of "Dirtbag Climber" (or in modern parlance, "professional climber"). Fred and Harvey may have to dicker it out on actual first ascents, but nobody shines a brighter flame to our tribe, around campfires or in brewpubs, about our passion for who we are and what we stand for. Climb on forever, Fred!

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By clint helander
From anchorage, alaska
Jan 11, 2013
Sleeping on top of Washington column after climbing the Prow. Yosemite.
so awesome to look up and see fred climbing that day.

enjoy this piece i wrote several months ago and finished that night!

teton.outerlocal.com/climbing/...

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By drmartindell
From Homer, Ak
Jan 11, 2013
Clint, thanks. That was incredibly fun to read.

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By John Shippling
From morongo valley, ca
Jan 11, 2013
Erik Harz wrote:
Upon returning to the base to pick up our stuff, Fred discovered that while he was climbing, a little girl camped at the nearest site with her family (her dad must have told her about Fred) wrote Fred an inspirational card! Fred was stoked, and walked with his head up as high as he could back to camp, with the card in one hand and his classy mountaineer coiled rope in the other.

I love this! we climbed moosedog tower that day as well, the same very cute little girl (around 4 or 5 yo) told my partner and I if we needed anything to come to their campsite. oh and way to go Fred!

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