Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey

Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey

By Dave O'Leske

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Date: 2018-07-01
  • Advisory Rating: Unrated
  • Runtime: 1h 35min
  • Director: Dave O'Leske
  • iTunes Price: USD 8.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 4.99


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. Spoken in hushed tones around campfires, Fred Beckey’s name has evoked simultaneous adulation and vitriol since the 1940s. 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 existence.



  • Great doc about Fred Beckey - What a legend and character!

    By DaniMcDonough
    🎥 🍿 This is an excellent film and an entertaining story about a legendary man! 🏔 The words of Brad Rassler in his article "The Public Ownership of Fred Beckey" say it best. "Beckey’s gone now. He’s left us his climbs and his words, along with a legend that occupies a liminal zone between fact and fantasy, human and animal, cultured and profane; and a welter of mind-bending paradoxes: insatiability and extreme frugality; coarseness and elegance; cautiousness and impatience; vulgarity and charm; brazenness and sensitivity; loutish- ness and learnedness; the cringeworthy and the poignant. “Beckey was among, not of; that’s the way I’d put it,” historian Joseph E. Taylor III told me. Perhaps Don Serl said it best: there is no other way to categorize the man than as “Fred Beckey.”
  • Loved it!

    By Portlandia
    This documentary isn't just about climbing. The stories that give some insight into this man's personality and his pursuit of climbing are, in most cases, hilarious. I highly recommend it!
  • Legendary indeed - beep!

    By Summitsister
    Documentary film making at its finest. This film brilliantly depicts the core of a legend in his field. Even if you know nothing about the climbing world, this film shows the viewer how it all began through the life of the man who started an entire culture. This is an important story that required documentation not unlike any of the greatest artists, philosophers and pioneers in our human history. Bravo to Dirtbag for sharing such an important story that is funny, thoughtful and deeply researched, from the voice of Fred himself and through the lens of so many lives that were inspired by his unprecedented passion.
  • A must see!

    By Alenafk
    A wonderfully complex story about the fine line between passion & obsession. Filled with beautiful photography, great music, fun animations. You don't even need to be a climber to thoroughly enjoy this movie!
  • Watch it!

    By Jadeventure
  • Great! Hope this gets picked up by Netflix or Hulu!!

    By maso11
    Can’t say enough good things about this documentary. Really hoping this great show gets picked up Netflix or Hulu!
  • Very well done

    By MGarza912
    Very well made. Great story.
  • Inspiring!

    By Jmiller1000
    Such a great film about a pillar of North American climbing. This film sheds light on a man that had a single minded focus to climb for the intrinsic value the mountains brought to him and not for notoriety. What a wonderful and inspiring film that let's you get to know and understand Fred Beckey. Loved it!
  • Awesome documentary

    By Jodykc
    A very interesting film about a very interesting person. I enjoyed it.
  • Epic Film

    By joeybuca
    You’ll enjoy this