Famed mountaineer Fred Beckey to speak at Catlin Gabel School on November 15

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Press Release

Oct 31, 2006

For Immediate Release

Contact: Nadine Fielder

503-297-1894, ext. 301


Famed mountaineer Fred Beckey to speak at Catlin Gabel School on November 15

A rare chance to see and hear America’s most prolific mountaineer

Legendary mountaineer Fred Beckey, author of the Cascade Alpine Guide series, will give a slide lecture on Wednesday, November 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Catlin Gabel School’s Cabell Center Auditorium. Tickets are available at the door for $5 students 18 and under, and $8 for adults. All proceeds will benefit the Catlin Gabel School outdoor program. The school is at 8825 SW Barnes Rd., Portland, next to St. Vincent Hospital. For more information, call program director Peter Green at 503-297-1894 ext. 278.

Fred Beckey

"Fred Beckey has achieved enduring recognition as the most imaginative, persistent, and thorough explorer and mountain investigator of the Cascade Range Wilderness. He was noted as ‘one of Americas most colorful and eccentric mountaineers,’ and is unofficially recognized as the all-time world-record holder for the number of first ascents credited to one man. In addition to being the author of the Cascade Alpine Guide series, Beckey is also the author of Mountains of North America, The Range of Glaciers: Exploration and Survey of the North Cascades, and a personal narrative, Challenge of the North Cascades." --The Mountaineers Press

Beckey, born in Düsseldorf, Germany, has been climbing the Cascades since he was a young adult. His first ascents have become the stuff of legends, and his accomplishments include a triple ascent of Mount McKinley, Mount Deborah, and Mount Hunter in 1954. Mt. Beckey, in the Alaskan Range, was named for him.

Catlin Gabel School’s outdoor program

The Catlin Gabel outdoor program focuses on teaching environmental stewardship, enhancing personal growth, and helping students to meet challenges. Trips run during the school year and during the summer. Summer trips are open to students regardless of which school they attend. Recent trips include rock climbing at Smith Rocks, snow safety training on Mt. Hood, mountain climbing in the North Cascades, and kayaking on the Willamette River.

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Catlin Gabel serves Portland and the world as an educational catalyst, drawing together dedicated educators, motivated students, superb curricular resources, and thoughtfully applied technology, in a beautiful and functional setting, all for the purpose of forming bold learners who become responsible action-takers for life. Catlin Gabel is an independent, non-sectarian, progressive coeducational day school serving 700 students from preschool through twelfth grade. Its roots go back to the Portland Academy, founded in 1859. The school occupies 54 acres on Barnes Road, five miles west of downtown Portland.