Friday, October 19

Doors: 6:30 PM
Showtime: 7:00 PM

Chautauqua Community House

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Fred Beckey is the original American “Dirtbag” climber whose name has evoked mystery, adulation and vitriol since the 1940s. Hailed as one of the most prolific and influential climbers of all time, Fred Beckey has become a cult hero in the outdoor world. Eschewing fame, sponsors and family life so his only obligation would be the next summit, this rebel athlete conquered more unclimbed peaks than anyone in history during his 80-year career, staying myopically focused on the mountains until age 94. He pioneered the freewheeling American “Dirtbag” lifestyle–defined as one who forgoes material comforts and defies societal norms in pursuit of a nomadic life of outdoor adventure–leaving a long trail of scorned climbing partners and lost lovers in his wake. A scholar and author of essential climbing guides, an environmentalist ahead of his time, a polarizing figure and an inspiration to all who yearn to live life on their own terms, this iconic mountaineer has remained shrouded in mystery until now.

“Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey” explores in cinematic rapture the unmatched drive, superhuman achievements and enigmatic genius of this man who set the bar for what is possible in an uncompromised

Steve “Crusher” Bartlett, author of the award-winning book “Desert Towers: Fat Cat Summits and Kitty Litter Rock” will introduce the film and lead a post-screening discussion.

About the Speaker:

Steve “Crusher” Bartlett is a Boulder, Colorado rock climber born near London, England. His nickname is rooted in his climbing style: a death-grip on one hand-hold, the other fist groping blindly upward, “crushing” the holds, while his feet follow behind at their own pace. His book, “Desert Towers” documents the history of climbers and their ascents of the wild and historic sandstone towers of the Colorado Plateau.

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