Prolific climber Fred Beckey has a legacy of first ascents greater than that of any other climber. At 89 he had never climbed in the Dolomites, so last year he headed out to do just that.
“We live on an astounding planet, punctuated by mountains on every continent,” writes Beckey in his masterful book 100 Favorite North American Climbs. “The mere presence of mountain ranges has long drawn the human imagination as an invisible force. Some say mountains have a ‘psychic gravity’ enticing us into their grip…”