In honor of the release of Fred Beckey's 100 Favorite North American Climbs from Patagonia Books, we recorded a short audio story in which Yvon Chouinard talks about his alpine apprenticeship with sensei Fred Beckey in 1961.
Fred Beckey's 100 Favorite North American Climbs is available now from Patagonia.com and select book sellers. In the book, Fred offers up his characteristic mix of route tips, natural history and climbing lore for his 100 favorite climbs (with honorable mentions of a few more) — it's the magnum opus of America's most prolific first ascensionist.
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"The Master's Apprentice" first appeared in Alpinist 14, winter 2005.
Top: Yvon and Fred reconnect for a day of climbing in 2010. Photo: Jeff Johnson