Friday, August 24, 2012

Fred Beckey (with AAI president Dunham Gooding) registering Dan Humphrey of San Franciso in an Alpinism 1 course this afternoon at the AAI office.  Waiting for the arrival of Institute guide Everett Chamberlain for a climbing trip to the Selkirks of British Columbia, Fred said, "I don't like just sitting around.  Let me do something useful."  Considering himself a quick learner, he was indeed a very quick study in this administrative process.   

When he gets back from Canada, he hopes to meet Dan and his fellow climbers as they come off Mt. Baker.  Fred said, "I want to know if my deft work at the computer played a role in Dan's success.  Probably will!"

Beckey's career spans seven decades and encompasses more notable first ascents than any other climber in the world.  His first ascents range from Forbidden Peak in the North Cascades (with Lloyd Anderson in 1940), to the North Face of Mt. Edith Cavell (with Yvonne Chouinard), to the West Ridge of Mt. Hunter in Alaska (with Heinrich Harrer), to the West Buttress of Musembeah Peak in the Wind River Range (with Layton Kor).  This week he's hoping for a new route on one of the peaks north of Roger's Pass.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am not sure that Yvon Chouinard will appreciate his name being changed to "Yvonne Chouinard."