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  1. Fred Beckey book information request

    From Megan Bond To All: This post is written as clarification – and in particular to women who have felt personally harassed on various levels (sexual and otherwise). This is to assure you that my intent is to perform credible, historical inquiry and research on my subject, Fred Beckey. This post is also written as a courtesy to the moderator (Jon) on cascadeclimbers.com, who asked me to make a statement. Since the beginning of 2013 I have conducted dozens of interviews of Fred Beckey's climbing partners and of his vast social network. This includes women he knew and dated from his past that might have had less-than-gracious encounters with him - but I have not found this to be true of those interactions. Still, descriptors of him as being a sexist, or a womanizer, etc. exist, and I have a valid need to find out why. What has perpetuated that label? When was it incurred, and why did it remain? To find answers to these questions I have cast a wide-net into the climbing community - and women in particular - to solicit these narratives. This research involves an analysis from all perspectives. It includes the need to gather as much information as possible from reliable sources of said subject. The most verifiable sources are primary sources (not hearsay, innuendo or rumors). In verification, an identifiable venue (“where” did the incident take place?) is necessary to fact check and confirm reports; either a specific or approximation of the date (month and year) is also important, but what is most critical to receive in tandem with these other requirements is a brief scenario or narrative to help chronicle what occurred. I’ve spent hundreds of hours tracking down and reading countless letters and memos that were hidden away in files and boxes; made visits to libraries and government buildings for archived documents, and received correspondence passed on from his family and old friends that range from the 1920s to just last year; it’s involved travel to several countries, deciphering countless pages of his diaries; combing through climbing journals and old periodicals. And of course, years of deep conversations with Fred. Fred's life cannot be sanitized, and I would never attempt to do that. His life was messy, complicated, and many people found him quite disagreeable. Although I found in him a beloved companion, that was not the whole picture, and I knew it. Did I show bias a few days after Fred's burial with a knee-jerk response I made on a different site? That's probably exactly what came across. Is that actually how I have conducted my research? No. Tiger's post (that I will "destroy and discredit" people who talk to me, and that I am "trying to silence critics of Fred Beckey") is untrue. Against the moderator's specific directive to contact me directly with questions or comments, that did not happen. The poster instead chose to smear my reputation and vilify my work. To reiterate, based on my original post: I will hold in confidence whatever is relayed to me that is confidential, personal and sensitive in nature. My appreciation goes out to those of you who have given me such generous support and encouragement with this work. Sincerely, Megan Bond
  2. Fred Beckey

    Fred Beckey died October of last year. As his biographer, I am researching information from verifiable sources about Mr. Beckey that might have been considered harassing, especially towards women. In-depth research and thorough investigation of such behaviour depends on knowing the specifics of where and when such events might have occurred. I invite users - especially those that have made such references or understand them to be accurate based on personal encounters or as first-hand witnesses - (not innuendo) - to please connect with me to share your story. Please pass on this request to others who might have a narrative of their own to discuss. Absolute confidentiality and your anonymity, and theirs, is assured. Please contact me either through this board's message center, or at: mbondpauli(at)hotmail(dot)com. .......................... I would appreciate it if no derogatory statements about my request follow this post or be made on this site. I invite you to contact me via private email should you have comments or questions. Thank you. Megan E. Bond mbondpauli(at)Hotmail(dot)com.
  3. Thank you for your interest. Please send me a personal message for more information.
  4. Thank you for your interest. Please send me a personal message for more information.
  5. MOUNT RAINIER Watercolor Painting. Privately Commissioned Watercolor Painting by Acclaimed Northwest Wildlife Artist DALE THOMPSON. $600.00 Mr. Thompson resides in Eatonville, Washington, and is the Former Chief Naturalist of Mt. Rainier National Park. Personally Commissioned in 1986. Matted and framed with excellence. Please contact me for additional images that note specific details that are emblematic to this painting and location. Please call/text 206-406-5217 to arrange for showing. Thank you.
  6. LAST CALL for FRED BECKEY'S 'SURVIVOR WINTER-ASCENT' BIRTHDAY PARTY - HAPPENING ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 2011. I'll be emailing out the specifics of Fred's soiree in the next few days .... if you want 'in', you have until January 9th to contact me: thank you! [ WHERE? Still not telling yet ..... THE IN-SEATTLE BASE-CAMP LOCATION TO BE REVEALED ON YOUR TICKET, AND E-MAILED TO YOU.... ] PLEASE NOTE THE SEVERITY OF THE *SURVIVOR PARTY* CONDITIONS: • IT WILL BE FREEZING COLD (JANUARY, OUTDOORS). • IT WILL BE RAINY & WET ....OR ICEY SNOW. • IT WILL BE DARK AS NIGHT ... STARTS AT 7:00pm THIS PARTY WILL BE AN EPIC: FRED WILL BE 88 YEARS OLD! IT WILL BE OUTSIDE. COME PREPARED FOR FULL-ON WINTER CLIMBING CONDTIONS, BRING YOUR TOOLS, YOUR HEADLAMP, YOUR WARMEST CLOTHES, SOME TEMPORARY SHELTER, YOUR INSTINCT TO STAY ALIVE UNDER THE HARSHEST CONDITIONS AND PACK YOUR HIGHEST PARTY AMBITIONS! NO LUXURIES, NO INDOOR PLUMBING, NO WARMTH PROVIDED. GET USE TO IT OR DON'T COME TO FRED'S PARTY! MORE INFORMATION and the HOW-TO-BUY -TICKET$ WILL BE FORWARDED TO THOSE WHO EMAIL WITH THEIR RSVP TO: mbondpauli (at) hotmail (d0t) com ...... (as before, there will be a minimal $15 cost to help cover expenses and food) NOTE: FRED'S FRIENDS THAT WANT TO ATTEND SHOULD EITHER EMAIL ME AT mbondpauli (at) hotmail (dot) com or "Facebook Friend" me IN ORDER TO GET ONTO THE GUEST LIST = AS THIS WILL KEEP YOU IN THE LOOP. ..... I WILL ABSOLUTELY NEED A HEAD COUNT FOR THE GRUB AND MUST MAINTAIN A GUEST LIST. Thanks and see you on January 14th!
  7. Dear Rob, The idea of doing something like this “potluck style” always crosses my mind – and then I come to my senses. I know climbers: “Potluck” means that two people each a bring a bag of potato chips, five people bring six-packs of beer, someone brings a flask of Jack Daniel’s to pass around, Matt Perkins brings Porksicles, and there’s a box of Twinkies somebody throws in. The rest of the 84 people that show up don’t bring anything at all because, “hey, it’s a potluck …. Everybody else is bringing food.” And people get grumbley when they don’t eat. As I am not Jesus, I cannot feed a multitude of people with five loaves of bread and two fishies, (or in this case, over a hundred on a bag of Lays and a few brews), so this just seems to make more sense. And as I am not Warren Buffet, my pockets are not deep enough to take on all the expense (dang!). As before, the cost will be defrayed by guests essentially helping to underwrite the cost of their own *semi-catered* meal. And no one goes hungry! Success? You betcha! I hope you can make I, Rob …. I haven’t heard from you yet!
  8. Ha Ha! You are so perceptive, Heinrich; I was hoping that SOMEONE would pick-up on that! He certainly has his own special style. Thanks for noticing!
  9. SAVE THE DATE ......! Friday, January 14, 2011 for FRED BECKEY'S 'SURVIVOR WINTER-ASCENT' BIRTHDAY PARTY! [ WHERE? Not telling yet ..... THE IN-SEATTLE BASE-CAMP LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED LATER .... ] PLEASE NOTE THE SEVERITY OF THE *SURVIVOR PARTY* CONDITIONS: • IT WILL BE FREEZING COLD (JANUARY, OUTDOORS). • IT WILL BE RAINY & WET ....OR ICEY SNOW. • IT WILL BE DARK AS NIGHT ... STARTS AT 7:00pm THIS PARTY WILL BE AN EPIC: FRED WILL BE 88 YEARS OLD! IT WILL BE OUTSIDE. COME PREPARED FOR FULL-ON WINTER CLIMBING CONDTIONS, BRING YOUR TOOLS, YOUR HEADLAMP, YOUR WARMEST CLOTHES, SOME TEMPORARY SHELTER, YOUR INSTINCT TO STAY ALIVE UNDER THE HARSHEST CONDITIONS AND PACK YOUR HIGHEST PARTY AMBITIONS! NO LUXURIES, NO INDOOR PLUMBING, NO WARMTH PROVIDED. GET USE TO IT OR DON'T COME TO FRED'S PARTY! MORE INFORMATION and the HOW-TO-BUY -TICKET$ WILL BE FORWARDED TO THOSE WHO EMAIL WITH THEIR RSVP TO: mbondpauli (at) hotmail (d0t) com ...... (as before, there will be a minimal cost to help cover food) NOTE: FRED'S FRIENDS THAT WANT TO ATTEND SHOULD EMAIL ME AT mbondpauli (at) hotmail (dot) com or "Facebook Friend" me IN ORDER TO GET ONTO THE GUEST LIST = AS THIS WILL KEEP YOU IN THE LOOP. ..... I WILL ABSOLUTELY NEED A HEAD COUNT FOR THE GRUB AND MUST MAINTAIN A GUEST LIST. Thanks and see you on January 14th!
  10. Many readers have emailed me direct and asked for more information and images from this trip specifically, and they have been directed to where more phots can be found, plus additional resources. Along this line, there will be a *semi-private* showing of slides from various trips that Fred has taken to the Himalaya's over several decades. These slides will be shown in conjunction with a little bit of birthday cake this coming Friday (January 15th) in Seattle to celebrate his 87th year. If you are interested in viewing these slides at this small soireé, please email me at: mbondpauli (at) hotmail.....for details and for the specific (undisclosed) location, as the headcount is limited. Thanks!
  11. Check your *private* mailbox messages for info I've sent.
  12. Late in coming back at you Musky333 - you or anyone can view more pics via my facebook pages (email me and I'll send the link). I prefer to not go thru the upload mode on this site (as I'm not the speed-queen on using this system) and I have dozens of images. mbondpauli(at)hot......
  13. Trip: The Himalayas, India: Himachal Pradesh - Date: 11/28/2009 Trip Report: (THIS IS NOT SO MUCH A "TRIP REPORT" AS IT IS A BIG "THANK YOU" TO SO MANY OF YOU THAT PARTICIPATED IN THE HIMALAYAN PENCIL PROJECT). Here's how it went.... Last month (October 2009) my friend Fred Beckey and I set upon making a reconnaissance of varous peaks in a remote area of the Himalayas in northwest India, in the province of Himachal Pradesh. The getting-there took us from Delhi via a fourteen hour overnight bus ride, to Manali at 1,950meters (6,398 ft), in the Beas River valley. Manali is an important hill station in the mountains near the northern end of the Kullu Valley with a population of approx. 30,000. This town marks the starting point of an ancient trade route to Ladakh and, from there, over the Karakoram Pass on to Yarkand and Khotan in the northern areas of the Tibetan Plateau. We provisioned and hired porters in Manali, then traveled by jeep for about nine hours, up and over the Rotang Pass on the rugged Leh-Manali Hiway. The highway crosses some of the highest mountain passes in the world, including Rohtang La at 3,978 meters (13,051 ft), Owing to the high altitudes some travelers experience mountain sickness (as did one of our porters, surprisingly) - but neither Fred nor I had ill effects, either on the road or on while trekking. Because we were heading into an area that is not considered a “trekking route” and is well off the beaten path, (only a limited number of westerns have visited the upper end of the Miyar Valley - and these are climbers going in after the stupendous rock towers), it seemed that packing in some school supplies would be an appropriate thing to do. There is a school in the village of Upper Chailing, which is at the “end of the road” from which we began our journey on foot. This school serves children of all ages. Upper Chaling is a small Buddhist settlement, where the primary work objective is agricultural, primarily growing potatoes and raising yaks and cattle. Electricity was brought into the area just recently, and also up the valley to the next village, Kanjhar, (NOTE: The Indian Government has been hard at work, attempting to improve the lives of people that live in rural areas. Along the major roads and highways we witnessed the advancement of infrastructure by way of road and bridge building, electrical and, solar-power installations, cell phone towers, water-sourcing and public-toilet projects - all money well spent). The village proper of Kanjhar is home to approximately three families, but has a primary school that serves the younger children of the surrounding area; approximately twenty children attend school here. The village and schools are not served by road - only foot-paths, and at various times of the year are cut-off from the each other due to weather and terrain issues ….. Washed out bridges, too much snow, floods and other problem. Through the generosity of so many friends and acquaintances, - we were able to take hundreds of pencils, pencil sharpeners and dozens of erasers to these schools. These supplies were desperately needed, and beautifully received. Most families in this region are impoverished and live on less than a dollar per day: these simple items were highly prized; just sending children to school is considered a luxury. After spending over a week trekking up the Myar Valley (then reversing course for the trip back), we made our way back to Delhi, then headed off to Darjeeling for yet another reconnaissance. The plan was that we‘d skirt the border between India and Nepal by jeep until we were able to pinpoint by line of sight the peek we were interested in ….. While in Darjeeling, we met with Colonel Neeraj Rana, who is the Principal of the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) (www.himalayanmountaineeringinstitute.com). As we had a few supplies left but were short on time, he was quickly enlisted to help out with the delivery of the remaining pencils to even more schools this time heading into Sikkim, off towards Kanchenchunga , via the packs of the students at HMI. I hope you enjoy the pictures of the children, most of which were taken in Upper Chailing. It was a great trip. Thank you to so many of you for your generosity - your thoughtfulness has touched the lives deeply of children who live so far away from the world that we know. ~ Megan PS ...yes, I have many more pictures of the trip, and beta. Please email me if interested in viewing. Gear Notes: Trekking horses are available - which we did not use. Make arrangements well ahead of time if you want to hire them.
  14. Dear Climbing Friend, PLEASE TAKE YOUR PLACE IN HISTORY! FRED BECKEY’S Birthday is coming up …..and in anticipation of this celebration, we are creating a gift for him from the world-wide-climbing community…… We are asking for your written contributions for a "Tribute Book" : a collaborative gift from anyone who has known Fred, climbed with Fred, or experienced mountain-life or trail life with Fred …. Your one-to-three pages of storied experiences with Fred - in your own words - your thoughts, encounters, risks, incidents, transportation failures, food-gaffs, weather dangers, trail perils and reflections will all be bound up for him in a book for his reading …. The writings and reflections of you and other climbers from around the globe that have spent time in his company and have become acquainted with him on any level will be a book that we know he will treasure. We anticipate that some of these memories will be funny, sad, historical, sentimental, anecdotal, factual (fiction even??), etc. But we are looking forward to including all of them and presenting them in a bound book to him, from you, from us. PLEASE EMAIL SUBMISSIONS BY JANUARY 6. 2009 DEADLINE TO mbondpauli@hotmail.com. Be sure to include your FULL NAME and a telephone number. Please also forward this request for stories to all those you feel would want to contribute their experiences to this labor of love. Thank you in advance for the generosity of your memories. Megan Bond and Alex Bertulis Questions? 206.406.5217
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