Hailed as one of the most influential climbers of all time, Fred Beckey was the original American “Dirtbag” one who abandons societal norms and material comforts in pursuit of a nomadic mountaineering lifestyle.This rebel athlete’s lifetime of accomplishments set the bar for the entire sport. He shattered records with an unparalleled string of superhuman first ascents, bushwhacking trails and pioneering direct routes thought previously impassable. Beckey burned bridges, eschewed fame and thrived as a loner so that his only obligation would remain conquering the next summit. He kept meticulous personal journals where he mused on everything from arcane geology to his romantic life, to the myriad sunrises he witnessed from vantages not seen by anyone else on Earth. An environmentalist before there was such a term, Beckey’s legacy includes 13 essential books that act as blueprints for new generations. Fred passed away in October 2017 aged 94, climbing until the very end.
Dave spent the past decade filming the mythical Fred Beckey in the mountains of China, North America and in his Pacific Northwest home. Dave founded Through a Child’s Eyes Productions in 1998 as an adventure, cultural and environmental digital video production company whose work has taken him around the world to tell unique stories. Dave’s work has included award-winning feature length documentaries, commercial videos, and published still and fine art photography. His first documentary, Spirit of Snow (2002), won a Special Jury Award at Mountainfilm in Telluride and Best Short Documentary at the Golden Film Festival.