Screenshot of Fred Beckey from 'Dirtbag,' directed by Dave O'Leske. 
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Screenshot of Fred Beckey from 'Dirtbag,' directed by Dave O'Leske.
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The legendary dirtbag who never got famous

Fred Beckey, 94, is a Northwest mountaineering legend. From his teen years he has monomaniacally devoted himself to climbing mountains and documenting those ascents in guidebooks.

But he’s never achieved the same levels of fame and wealth as other pioneering mountaineers of his generation. That may be changing. There’s a a new documentary film his life called "Dirtbag." Ross Reynolds speaks to its director, Dave O'Leske.

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