Outside Magazine called Beckey "the original dirtbag hero" in a recent profile -- he spent much of his seventy-plus-year climbing career living out of his car -- and you can bet all the local dirtbag worshippers in the Colorado climbing scene will be coming out of the woodwork for tonight's event.
Eight Colorado routes make the top 100 cut in Beckey's book, including Boulder-area climbs in Eldorado Canyon and the Third Flatiron, and three additional Colorado climbs are mentioned.
Here's more on the new book ($79.95), via Patagonia.com:
100 Favorite North American Climbs is Fred Beckey's magnum opus. Over a span of 70 years, Fred has made more first ascents than any other North American climber and has written the definitive guides to climbing in the Cascades. In this 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).