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timmyoneill My dad kinda taught me to kayak, a form of transportation (and transcendence) that I've been participating in for decades. I say kinda because he didn't really instruct me as much as provide me with whitewater opportunities, from which to learn. Eventually it was out of the frying pan and into class V rapids, negotiating significant risk as a kid, while earning the moniker #siwimmingtim
This is an image of #tomoneill a Philly based 75-year old auto-body mechanic walking under I-76 via an ancient aqueduct w/ a #squirtboat on his shoulder after a #mysterymove session on the urbanized Schuylkill River a few days after the death of @deanpotter
As we walked to the river he brushed against some stinging nettles with his legs and said, "Ouch I hate those f'ing things." I wondered how many times in his life he'd been stung and how often we relearn lessons and how there are things in the world that we never want to touch, even though they line our path.
Grief must be a stinging nettle, something to be loathed and if possible avoided. Yet we can't, and when stung again we cry out. Acceptance helps to alleviate the sting even as the inexorable grief-nettle informs the course, reminding you where to step and where not to. Thanks Pops for #raisingmerisky and adventurously free-spirited & thanks Deano for being part of my #chosenfamily a brother of the rock&rope. #griefnavigator #onelifetwofamilies
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  •   hector__kielblock @timmyoneill hey I have know idea if you remember me but I'm the son of Carl Kielblock. I've walked through that tunnel and down the path to the play spot countless times with Your father and mine It's amazing how well he knows that tunnel he never brings a light. I'm a guide in California now and it's because of adventures with your father and stories of you and you brothers. Thanks for sharing this picture. 5d
  •   cedarwright You are the man Timmy. 5d
  •   conrad_anker Healing sentiments. Thanks TON 5d
  •   reboneill Love you uncle t 5d
  •   purityhomes I knew you'd say just the right thing when the time was right! Great words to share after a difficult situation. I hope you and your #chosenfamily can keep each other encouraged after such a tragic loss. 5d
  •   amy_pickering xo 5d
  •   ticamide Wow! This is truly inspiring dude ;) love love this story and learning about your pop. Sorry to hear about the loss of your friend 5d
  •   cllboulder Been thinking of you. Sending love. 4d

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timmyoneill The way back across the river held all the same dangers, yet only half the unknown. @arlan_____ repeats the elastic folly of youth, and avoids the brittle wisdom of the ages. @petzl_official @clifbarcompany @nativeeyewear @patagonia @ospreypacks @amandasalzman #electivechallenge #stockexchangeofthesoul #yesiprocity 3w
  •   miamirockssmk Timmy I'm so sorry for your loss. Dean was an inspiration even though I've never met him directly. He will be in my heart forever. 2w

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timmyoneill Boulder creek peaked at almost 1,000 CFS. Here's half that, paddling with Mikey Crenshaw on a frigid SundayFunday. #itslikemusicmadeofwater #electivechallenge @kokatatusa @wernerpaddles @ericjacksonkayak #eternalplay 3w

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timmyoneill Indian Creek, Utah w/ @kristotorgersen and our friends and family @patagonia
#stegosaurusequipose On the descent from South Six Shooter we recalled days long past of full time crack climbing, scabs and sleeping in the red dirt. At some point I traded vowels - the o for the e - an exchange of not-working, to the wor(L)d of net-working. #unplugandplay #soulvitamins #stockexchangeofthesoul #iamajoymerchant #kristoimage
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timmyoneill #ilovelibraries In honor of my #bookclubofone and concomitant #bookaweekintwentyfifteen I salute words, authors, books and book repositories. These stone bldgs, bursting in page and byte with the #uptilnow scope of human knowledge, are the quintessence of art emulating life, while endeavoring in parallel to transcend death. They are the personification of the human mind. #libraryoftheheartandsoul #meipedia #iamajoymerchant #stockexchangeofthesoul @jeffjohnson_beyondandback photo @patagonia Early one morning... 2mon

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timmyoneill Thanks @newbelgium & @paradoxsports for inspiring me to ski like a chicken and soar like an eagle. #seventytwohoursago I helped raise funds and fun at #winterparkcolorado volunteering at a NB #scavengerhunt Thanks to #volunteerspirit & #travaltruism #joymerchant #chickenjokes #carlfrey 2mon

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timmyoneill Seconds into days, into decades, into a lifetime. I only know mountains with me in them as I only know time with me telling it. I am judge, jury and excuser, forgiving myself for napping in meadows, reading volumes of mountainsides and for exchanging my scant geologic time to play in the wilderness. To listen to parents, every child's life begins as climber, painter and musician, yet as we age we trade the art of humanity for the ease of certainty. #electivechallenge #yesiprocity #stockexchangeofthesoul @aaronlavanchy pic from the edge of Flattop looking towards a wind scoured and devoured Long's Peak. #RMNP @patagonia @ospreypacks @clifbarcompany @petzl_official @nativeeyewear @paradoxsports @amandasalzman 2mon

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timmyoneill Eldorado Canyon, Werks Up.
@ncolgin w/ #armsraisedinav #dangerselfie Nick on his first Eldo experience of tricky movement, slippery feet, and edgy adventure joy. #iamajoymerchant #yesiprocity @patagonia @ospreypacks @nativeeyewear @petzl_official @clifbarcompany
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  •   mouthfulofjoy HAHAHAHA best!!! (and @e.scott.fitzgerald @cgp18 you guys are hilarious!) 2mon
  •   akornylak Yeah! My first Eldo route too, long ago! I remember racking up and getting psyched and sweating and gulping at that wide p2 and this lone ropeless crusty comes up behind us, "Mind if I pass through?" He just plugged on up and outta sight like he was getting his morning paper. Probably was you Timmy. 2mon
  •   carolynchappell Love that Timmy smile😀 2mon
  •   kauai_legend You are the man Timmy. Take me exploring! 2mon
  •   cgp18 @e.scott.fitzgerald nice! 2mon
  •   ncolgin @wade_morris12 Definitely remembered you and your partner. Ended up being an amazing day. 2mon
  •   radical21 Bastille? 1mon
  •   khpeck @timmyoneill, thanks for hugging it out w me yesterday! 1mon

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timmyoneill This is more than good enough
as this is all there is.
To transpose my lungs for sky,
a million delicate abalone edges.
Norm Murphy #huffingandpuffing at 12,000ft on the flanks of Torrey's. "...they too partaking of that adult trait of being convinced of anything by an assumption of silent superiority" The Sound and the Fury; W. Faulkner 1929

@patagonia @clifbarcompany
@ospreypacks @petzl_official
@nativeeyewear @paradoxsports @amandasalzman
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timmyoneill sacred geometry
#girlinthe sandstone
broken rising talus
#towerand bullseye
@rainorshinedesign #abovetheworst with #thebestabove - the stunning view of professor valley, the summit sum & scan of our scant geologic lifetimes. #castletontower @scottjurek
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Normal Timmy ONeill
timmyoneill #armsintheairlikeyoujustdontcare Danger selfie w/ jLu in full joy merchant eruption. First desert tower for @rainorshinedesign #theancientartofpatience w/ multiple parties and giddy gasps atop ghastly globs of free standing mud. We miss you @amandasalzman as @scottjurek runs around the base like an excited and faithful thoroughbred. 3mon

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timmyoneill The wind combs snow
like hair for a shadow.
If the mountains could talk
they would sing first.
The only reason to be
may be simply to exist.
Go ask the mountains.
Rocky Mountain National Park, #dawnpatrolequalsglory Striations sculpted by wind whisper the power of our biotic capital. Discovered across from the north face Hallett's Peak. #allartisephemera @captainfunhog @patagonia @clifbarcompany @petzl_official @ospreypacks @nativeeyewear @rockynps #onehundredyearanniversary
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Normal Timmy ONeill
timmyoneill Deep powpow, #moleturns in Rattlesnake Gulch, Eldorado Canyon State Park. Morning session of frigid temps, crackling laughter and the soft reverence of multiple feet of winter's white blanket. Image and stoke provided by @mikeschlauch #sitbackandwiggle #soulvitamins #stockexchangeofthesoul #yesiprocity @ospreypacks @patagonia @petzl_official @clifbarcompany @nativeeyewear @amandasalzman 3mon

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timmyoneill Movement in the mountains is gravity meditation. Mountains are the mercury for the adventure spirit barometer. The back-country, ski-spirit index at #alltimemtnhigh in this pic by @mikeschlauch Berthoud Pass, CO #schlauchisthebridgetoadventure @ospreypacks #thanksfortheinspirationtogetoutside and for the Kode ABS (compatible) pack. #soulvitamins @patagonia @nativeeyewear @clifbarcompany @petzl_official Fortunate for the snow, slopes and psyche to #makeithappen 3mon
  •   therealhikingviking Slowdown Bruce you're movin too fast. Frames can't catch you when you're moving like that. 3mon

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timmyoneill Over two trillion cells working in concert to allow a body to climb ice. From the humblest of single cell beginnings billions of years ago we rise to overcome the greatest of challenges, both elected and involuntary. Last Wednesday we bade farewell to Mark Miller, a proud fifty years of writing the story of his intercellular journey. He embodied the meaningful and transformative exchange of ideas, caregiving and hope. The nucleus of his instruction was the vulnerability of recognizing need coupled with the courage to provide it. We partied until four a.m. toasting Mark's life, the absence of which reminds us of our presence, and to the boldness required to honor that life by living and giving the power of the possible. #markmillerlivesonthruparadoxsports Image of Mike Gibbs leading a natural flow above Red Mtn Pass post Miller Festival @riggingforrescue @paradoxsports @patagonia @ospreypacks @petzl_official @clifbarcompany @nativeeyewear @amandasalzman #molecularbiologyofmeaningfulexistence 4mon

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timmyoneill Flying the friendly skies of Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2015. Thanks to my friends and family at @ospreypacks for believing in the health and well being of the wilderness. And for being a playful, joyous and creative brand, product and people. 40+ years in and they just keep getting better and playing harder. Great drinks, prizes and frequent flyer miles at their booth party last night. I am the captain of this craft (my life) and my integrity and values are my tail flap, steering a course towards peace, mtns, joy, rivers, health, adventure, laughter, love and life to the fullest. Thanks for the positive vibes in return Osprey Packs - I love my connection to you and I look forward to growing and enjoying the years to come. #stockexchangeofthesoul #iamajoymerchant #yesiprocity @amandasalzman @timoutwest @chart27 4mon
  •   oddly Coffee? Tea? You? Yes. 4mon
  •   laramiemaxwell You're absurd 4mon
  •   tresaltman Ah Houston. We have a situation.. 4mon
  •   highpointclimbing Hilarious! 4mon
  •   deanpotter Welcome aboard ladies;) 4mon
  •   taradell Thanks for the jokes! Been practicing at home already. My audience is easy. They laugh with me no matter what! Great laughing and catching up over vegan food. 4mon
  •   domesticdirtbag What an honor it was to be apart of your cabin crew cap'n O'Neil! 4mon
  •   nbujak You need to wear that every time you fly anywhere 4mon

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timmyoneill Neils Tietze walking amongst the giant lobelia in the equatorial rainforest. We borrowed umbrellas from African Ascents to ape urbane adventurers. We walked upwards through various environs towards a 17+thousand foot bifurcated stone summit. Towering moss covered trees surrounded by dense twittering undergrowth gave way to the "vertical bog" of squishing dripping footfall amongst the scratching branches of stunted denuded bushes. The flora was Dr Seuss, the comedy and absurdity was Dr Strangelove, & the mission to cure blindness and climb a peak straddling our earthen hemispheres is our Dr Tabin. The life of adventure-philanthropy is about identifying the periodic table of your mind/body/spirit, being the elements of your life, and creating and curating the molecules of the possible. @geoffreytabin and our friends at CureBlindness.org are changing the way eye care is being delivered in the developing world, leaving a legacy of sight, infrastructure and profound partnership and training. Monomaniacal focus on relieving world blindness demands the benevolent insanity of exponential care&cure. @patagonia @ospreypacks @petzl_official @nativeeyewear @clifbarcompany @amandasalzman 5mon
  •   anyroadhome @timmyoneill can you please point me in the direction of where I may find and read more of your words?? You are amazing man 5mon
  •   searchofjazz @timmyoneill thats really inspirational what youre doing. Your stories keep me going at times when i feel weighted, and even happier to see the mountains and all of its energy and power have gifted you with humility and virtue. 5mon
  •   ldeezie I can just see those giant plants doing the wobbly dance 5mon
  •   blueduck666 i agree with @searchofjazz and @gr_clarkson . your writing takes a close second to your icreek beat box skillz but i would like to read more of it! 5mon
  •   tresaltman Thanks TOn! Keep on keepin on brother. Care&cure. Much love 5mon
  •   tellkhh Kilimanjaro? 5mon
  •   tellkhh Whoops not tall enough 5mon
  •   jesellicottshuler "Timmy oneill im a big fan!" - says the odd fan on the plane. sorry about the weird moment Haha! Keep up the good life and work you do for others man. 5mon

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timmyoneill The night before we climbed Mt Kenya, I looked up into the insane multitudes of stars and #celestialbodies and simultaneously could locate Polaris the North Star, the end of the handle of the Little Dipper as well as the Southern Cross. It was the first time I straddled north and south in my peripheral vision. Thanks to @geoffreytabin and CureBlindness for leaving more light, relieving the plight and for creating and curating a legacy of training and infrastructure in eye care in the developing world. Here is #brokenacoustics Neils Tietze @ seventeenthousandfeet above the equator first rappel off it 17,057 Batien peak mt Kenya. Best of nOw years in 2015 to @amandasalzman #earthlings @paradoxsports @patagonia @petzl_official @ospreypacks @nativeeyewear @clifbarcompany @jimmy_oneill_ @onesusan @jimmy_oneill_ @reboneill 5mon
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  •   vmwilson I did my mt.kenya in 2010. The predawn red glow at 17,000 ft over all of Africa is burned into memory, what a gift! We worked at the hospital/community in Karungu removing "jiggers" from feet. #yesiprocity as you call it. Happy new year, thanks for being a #joymerchant @timmyoneill 5mon
  •   treefighter @timmyoneill Thanks for being a lodestar, a guiding light, the shining path ... ? yet again in 2014. Here's to the world absorbing even more crucial Timmy mojo in 2015. 5mon
  •   tresaltman Create+Curate=Manifest Bigtimelove to TON! 5mon
  •   taradell Happy new year to you! 5mon
  •   hillyseasland I had a really similar amazing night sky experience when I was on Mt Kenya in 2001, thanks for reminding me about it - happy new year! Hopefully there will be many more stars in 2015. 5mon
  •   rebekahausten @jennaowl so beautiful and inspiring 1mon

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timmyoneill #onmywayhome @amandasalzman Worked with @cureblindness in Kenya and Ghana assisting in small incision cataract surgery patient flow w/ @geoffreytabin and @kashaala and @brokenacoustics The motives of #adventurephilanthropy are the simultaneous relieving of suffering and electing to experience it - aka cure blindness and climb mtns. Here is Neils Tietze at the Austrian Hut at 15K a.s.l. considering what is the what, as the sun sets, the fog rolls in to eclipse Point John, adjacent to the 17,057 ft Mt Kenya. @paradoxsports @patagonia @petzl_official @ospreypacks @nativeeyewear @clifbarcompany 5mon

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