Timmy O’Neill

Timmy O’Neill is a Patagonia climbing ambassador and the co-founder of Paradox Sports, a nonprofit group dedicated to providing inspiration, opportunities and adaptive equipment to the disabled community. He’s set speed climbing records in Yosemite; established new routes in Patagonia, Venezuela and Greenland; and worked as an ophthalmic tech, endeavoring to cure blindness in Africa.

Perched On A Wild Border

Sometimes when I look at the Fitz Roy Range, I see a silhouetted jawline of mountainous teeth that gnash the sky. Other times, the teeth transform to fingers that don’t crush aspirations but cradle them, like a hand cupping something precious. The distinction really depends on whether I’m looking at the mountains from the relative…

Timmy O’Neill
3 min Read
Lessons from Yosemite’s First Climbing Guidebook

Lessons from Yosemite’s first climbing guidebook “I have this idea,” Mikey texted last October. “Let’s climb all of the suggested routes from the Yosemite red-cover guidebook.” I agreed immediately. The tattered copy of A Climber’s Guide to Yosemite Valley arrived in the mail less than a week later. First published in 1964 by the Sierra Club,…

Timmy O’Neill
5 min Read
Hitting the Streets to Preserve National Monuments

How to talk to people and the alchemy of transforming “no” into “yes.”

Timmy O’Neill
7 min Read
The Magic of Yosemite National Park

The national park system may not have saved my life but it definitely allowed me to truly discover and continually define it. Following an abysmal 13th grade at an entry level university and an equally lamentable year employed in one of the most dangerous professions, I bolted west to manifest my destiny. After a summer…

Timmy O’Neill
5 min Read
Power of the Possible: Climbing with Polio in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison

My work with adaptive athletes began when my brother Sean was injured almost 25 years ago. He’s paralyzed from the waist down and lives life from a wheelchair where he more than rolls with it, he thrives. Ever since we topped out on El Capitan for the first time in 2005—that’s 3,000 feet of vertical…

Timmy O’Neill
7 min Read
Clean While You Climb: A Recap of the 2015 Yosemite Facelift

Ken Yager is a man who understands the value of volunteerism. He approaches his work with the belief, creativity and passionate toil of a big wall climber. It’s an apt metaphor as he’s climbed El Capitan dozens of times. Along with his wife Schree and two children, he lives in El Portal, located three and…

Timmy O’Neill
5 min Read
Pull Half Dome – A Paraplegic Climbing Attempt [Updated with video]

Words by Timmy O’Neill, Photos by Justin Bastien Nothing imagined, nothing created, nothing ventured, nothing gained. These thoughts come to mind as I am painstakingly carrying my brother Sean, a t-12 paraplegic, uphill through jagged talus and clawing bushes. It is dark, I am sweating profusely and the rescue coil of rope that supports Sean’s…

Timmy O’Neill
5 min Read
Popular searches