Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mountain Climber Fred Beckey, an 'American Icon,' Dies at 94

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mountain Climber Fred Beckey, an 'American Icon,' Dies at 94

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Fred Beckey * The legendary mountain climber, who wrote dozens of books and is credited with notching more first ascents than any other American mountaineer, died Monday (Oct. 30, 2017). He was 94.

Megan Bond, a close friend who managed his affairs, told The Associated Press that Mr. Beckey died of natural causes in her Seattle home.

"He was an extraordinary mountaineer. He also had a personality and humor that almost dwarfed the mountains around him," Bond said. "He was a brilliant writer. He was a scholar. He lived based on what was important to him, and he was not going to sell out."

Mr. Beckey was known as much for his eccentric personality as for his singular obsession with climbing.

He was born in Germany and immigrated to the United States as a child. His family settled in Seattle, where he got his first taste of hiking and scrambling with the Boy Scouts and later the Mountaineers club. …

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