Scaling Peaks Like He's... 88?

Dirtbag hero Fred Beckey climbs Joshua Tree just shy of his 90th birthday

He may be turning 90 next week, but legendary dirtbag climber Fred Beckey still has it.

Climber Richard Shore documented the nonagenarian's 300-foot climb (click through to see more photos) up the Tranquility route on Moosedog Tower in Joshua Tree last week, complete with photos and crotchety asides: "I'm climbing shitty today," Beckey tells Shore at one point. Later, he doesn't quite catch the name of the tower: "Hedgehog? Moosecock? Moosecat? Oh, Moosedog! Like the one I did in the Karakoram."

Although Beckey's no longer racking up first ascents like he used to—he required some extra assistance from his partners—the three-pitch, 5.6-grade ascent was no small feat for a man who started climbing pre-World War II.

Celebrated in the climbing world as the original dirtbag, Beckey has authored a number of memorable guidebooks, including his most recent, Fred Beckey's 100 Favorite North American Climbs, published last January by Patagonia Books.

Via The Goat.


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