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THURSDAY, NOV. 18, 2010, 9:29 A.M.

Fred Beckey still on the rocks

Fred Beckey iclimbing n Yosemite National Park. (Fred Beckey photo)
Fred Beckey iclimbing n Yosemite National Park. (Fred Beckey photo)

CLIMBING -- Northwest climbing legend Fred Beckey might be close to 80 -- no one seems to know, including Fred -- but he's still globetrotting to climbing venues.

Is the pioneer of first ascents in the Cascades and Canada keeping up with the trend toward free climbing?  Maybe, maybe not.

Look closely at the publicity photo from Yosemite he released in advance of his presentations  next week in Western Washington.  Look's like an poor amateur job of Photoshopping out the security running up along his left forearm.

Hey, you're Fred Beckey!  You don't have to be somebody you're not.

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Rich Landers
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