COLORADO NUT COMPANY ~ A JADED HISTORY as told by Billy Roos this past autumn (Sept. 2015) while sipping bloody beers at the Rocky Flats Lounge


Colorado Nut Company was the 1st to domestically produce artificial nut/chalk stones in Amerika… Billy Roos & Paul Sibley in 1967 or 68 started out in a 10′ x 10′ Denver basement that had a hole cut in an exterior wall to pass stock through to the band saw in order to cut it … the work was slow & very inaccurate … eventually they bought a drill press. Billy & a lady friend, Julie Clemens rented a house in Eldorado Springs with a garage that became Colorado Nut Company’s new home. After a break up with the future-ex girlfriend a very short while later Colorado Nut Co. was evicted by the landlord for making too much noise…

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Billy and Paul, autumn 2014 (back of Wally Berg’s head) in Macho Acres courtyard .  rōbert photo


One afternoon while driving to the dump in Marshall … Sibley spotted some old guy slouched in a pick up truck in front of a run down adobe shack…


the boys stopped and talked to the gentlemen and Sibley struck a deal to purchase the Marshall shack… the old man didn’t know what it was worth… junkies had lived in it and trashed the place so it was in hideous shape…… Paul paid (payment plan) maybe $10,000 for the dump. The old guy probably died…. broke and homeless according to Billy.

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Soon after the purchase a large shop was built behind the Sibley residence that had become known as Macho Acres … It was shared by 5 guys who built it and the Nut Company moved into Macho about 1971.



Dirt Pimp Matt Wells proudly shows the converted ‘chicken coop’ that he and a cast of hundreds worked so hard to convert into a condo @ the Acres over the years.



A sorted group of shameless reprobates, sociopaths resided in the ‘coop’ over the years… Boulder County finally declared it a HAZMAT zone.



Climbing rag ad


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Collectors items on E-Bay


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# 2-6 Colorado Nuts Classics


Within a few years the successful business entrepreneurs gave it up – went out of business … but they were still in demand because of the poor and retched local climbing bums. The boys said they were too lazy, the work too dangerous & besides they had girl friends with trust funds and just didn’t want to work anymore ….. Chouinard & Forrest about that time came out with their lines of climbing paraphernalia which was far superior and refined compared to Colorado Nuts rather rough products..


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The remains of Colorado Nuts eventually got tossed out in the campo santo/scrap pile behind the shop.  What didn’t make it to the Marshall dump became an old climbing gear archeological dig that Billy and I visited one afternoon while drinking beer and wandering around Sibley’s vast holdings complete with a shooting range, old abandoned cars and of course the famous Sibley Museum.

Scribed by rōbert


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Excavated archeology site at Macho Acres



Sibley with an original Colorado Nut poster, September 2014.



Entrepreneurs ~ Sib, Billy with rōbert ~ autumn 2014 ~ Macho Acres

Kindness ~ Naomi Shihab Nye, 1952 … thank you Dick Dorworth


Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop,
the passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out the window forever.

Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness
you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho
lies dead by the side of the road.
You must see how this could be you,
how he too was someone
who journeyed through the night with plans
and the simple breath that kept him alive.

Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.
Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day to gaze at bread,
only kindness that raises its head
from the crowd of the world to say
It is I you have been looking for,
and then goes with you everywhere
like a shadow or a friend.

Announcing the World Premiere screenings of DIRTBAG: THE LEGEND OF FRED BECKEY

Announcing DIRTBAG premiere screenings at Mountainfilm in Telluride and SIFF in Seattle

The moment has arrived!

The movie is done after more than a decade in the making.

We’re proud to announce the first ever public screenings of DIRTBAG: THE LEGEND OF FRED BECKEY.

The film will World Premiere over Memorial Day Weekend at Mountainfilm in Telluride (May 26-29), followed shortly by the Northwest Premiere on June 4 and June 10 at SIFF in Seattle!


Tickets will sell out fast, so act now at the links above if you plan to attend!

If you live outside of the Telluride and Seattle areas, don’t worry! We’re planning to take the film on tour in 2017-18 to screen in as many cities and festivals as possible.

Stay tuned for more announcements and follow @DirtbagMovie on Twitter for the latest breaking news on the project.

Check out the new Theatrical Trailer for DIRTBAG:

Watch the DIRTBAG Theatrical Trailer

Watch the DIRTBAG Theatrical Trailer

Huge thanks for your support on behalf of Fred and the hundreds of people who contributed to this documentary! Fred’s life story will finally be told. We could not have done this without you. See you soon.

Best regards,

The DIRTBAG Movie Team

Fred Beckey on a ski trip in Whistler, April 2017
photo by Dani McDonough


Dirtbag_ The Legend of Fred Beckey
Presented by Patagonia

Directed and Produced by
Dave O’Leske

Andy McDonough
Colin Plank
Jason Reid

Adam Brown
Jeff Wenger

Executive Producer
Colin Baxter

Darren Lund
Jason Reid

Jon Garn

Visual Effects
J. Baab

Joe Garber
Carl Nelson

Digital Media Producer
Sandy Jeglum

Original Score
Brad Anthony Laina
John E. Low

Featuring the Music of
Steve Gunn

Additional Music
Dave Huebner
Ghosts I’ve Met

Aerial Footage
Luke Allen Humphrey
John Scurlock
Whitney Hassett

Featuring Interviews with
Fred Beckey
Helmy Beckey
Yvon Chouinard
Eric Bjornstad
Conrad Anker
Ed Viesturs
Colin Haley
Layton Kor
Tom Hornbein
Norman Dyhrenfurth
Jim Whittaker
Royal Robbins
Reinhold Messner
Jim Donini
Peter Croft
Barry Blanchard
Timothy Egan
and many more!

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