Fred Beckey dies after years of mountain climbing

    AP File Photo of Fred Beckey from July, 2016

    Seattle, Washington (KINY) Mountain climber and writer Fred Beckey died at his home on Monday at the age of 94.

    Beckey wrote over a dozen books and was able to reach the summit of more mountains before any other American climber.  He was known as much for his eccentric personality as he was his singular obsession with climbing. Beckey was born in Germany and immigrated to the United States with his family as a child, settling in Seattle.  He started his career in 1942 when he and his younger brother Helmut climbed Mount Waddington in British Columbia.

    He went on to complete hundreds of missions throughout the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, Canada and Wyoming.  He was credited of creating new routes on three Alaskan Mountains, McKinley, Deborah and Hunter in 1954.

    Beckey capped his career with climbing expeditions in China and the Himalayas.

    His three-volume "Cascade Alpine Guide" details hundreds of peaks in the North Cascades in Washington State.  He was still active late in life and had planned a trip to the Himalayas next spring.

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