Veteran mountaineer takes honors at Lake Tahoe Adventure Film Festival
The Lake Tahoe Adventure film festival dominated Saturday evening, but the night belonged to climber Fred Beckey, who won the annual Camalot Award.
The fifth annual film festival played to a packed crowd at the MontBleu Casino Resort and Spa with producer Todd Offenbacher serving as master of ceremonies. Offenbacher presented the award, which he had likened to the festival’s version of an Academy Award, after intermission.
Beckey, who was in from Seattle for the festival, greeted the crowd briefly. He’s the second climber in a row to win the award, after Tommy Caldwell won it last year.
Beckey, 84, is a German-born American mountaineer and author of several books on climbing.
The Lake Tahoe Adventure Film Festival presents short adventure films each year. There is another screening Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Grand Sierra resort in Reno.