An American legend who made a name for himself for his outdoor accomplishments, Fred Beckey, sadly passed away at 94 years old on Monday, October 30th. Becky was an infamous rock climber and mountaineer.
According to the New York Times, he died of congestive heart failure in his partner’s, Megan Bond, Seattle, Washington home. Prior to his death, he was in hospice care for four days.
Bond reportedly told sources that they were planning another trip to the Himalaya for Spring of next year. She stated, “He had a lot more to do. He had a good death and a great life."
Among his many climbing accomplishments include being awarded the Adidas Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013, the President’s Gold Medal in 2015, and being the subject of an award-winning 2017 documentary titled, “Dirtbag,” after his personal nickname, reported Outside Online.
The Times also noted that Beckey was the “first to take hundreds of routes to the summits of North America’s tallest peaks in Alaska, the Canadian Rockies and the Pacific Northwest.” His climbing career lasted seven long decades, all the way up until nearly the time of his death, climbing dozens of different peaks annually.
Fans took to social media to share their thoughts about Beckey’s passing. One site called him a “true American icon” whose “legacy will live on forever.”
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