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Fred Beckey Recieves Gold

Fred Beckey is considered by many to be the most accomplished climbers of all time. In 1961, Beckey played a large role in setting the stage for hard alpine routes in Canada with the Beckey/Chouinard on the South Howser Tower in the Bugaboos and the first route up the North Face of Edith Cavell.


Born on January 14, 1923, Friedrich Wolfgang Beckey has become one of the most influential climbers ever. The 91-year-old climber recently received the President’s Gold Medal from the American Alpine Club. This is the fourth time the award has been given and Beckey is only the fifth person to be awarded the medal since the AAC was founded in 1902.

Fred Beckey’s Great Ascents

The American Alpine Club

The previous winners were Tom Frost and Dick Duane, Nick Clinch and Bill Putnam.

Photo by Corey Rich and sourced from Climbing.