The Summit Experience coming to MU Oct. 21

MANSFIELD – “The Summit Experience,” a multi-media presentation on overcoming challenges and building community, will be held 7 p.m. Oct. 21, in Mansfield University’s Alumni Hall, Room 104. The event is free and open to the public.

A screening of the short film “Gimp Monkeys” will be included. The documentary follows the first successful all-disabled ascent of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.

The presentation will be given by rock climbers and adaptive climbing instructors Tim O’Neill, Sean O’Neill and Pete Davis of Paradox Sports in Boulder, Colo.

Paradox Sports provides inspiration, opportunities and adaptive equipment to the disabled community, empowering their pursuit of a life of excellence through human-powered outdoor sports. For many with a physical disability a major barrier to participating in sporting activities is the lack of, or inability to finance the adaptive equipment needed to participate.

Before their evening appearance, the trio will train a select group of campus and community members in adaptive climbing techniques, so that they can help those with physical challenges enjoy the MU climbing wall and low ropes course.

Tim O’Neill is a professional Climber and executive director of Paradox Sports, a non-profit he co-founded in 2007. Recognized as one of the world’s funniest, most irreverent and insightful climbing presenters, he has climbed in the remote ranges of the world, completing first ascents from Greenland to Patagonia. He will share stories from his worldwide travels as well as adventures in community service and humanitarian work. In addition to successfully climbing El Capitan with his brother Sean, Tim has kayaked, skied, climbed and hiked with numerous paraplegics, amputees and blind athletes.

Sean O’Neill is an adaptive recreation innovator and a world ambassador to disabled sports. This past summer, O’Neill, a T-12 paraplegic who has been confined to a wheelchair for more than decade, successfully led the second pitch of “Jam Crack,” a traditionally protected route in Yosemite National Park. While O’Neill was no stranger to the Valley – he has climbed El Capitan on three separate occasions, this was the first time in history that a paraplegic led a pitch for an able-bodied partner to follow.

He has pushed his wheelchair up New Hampshire’s Mt. Washington in less than six hours, and from Hilo Bay, on Hawaii’s ‘Big Island’ to the 13,803-foot summit of Mauna Kea in 40 hours. In 2009, Sean and Tim O’Neil teamed-up for the difficult ascent of Peak 6000, a thousand-foot wall in the glaciated Ruth Gorge of Alaska. Their journey is portrayed in the film Brothers Wild.

Pete Davis currently serves as the lead clinician and ambassador for Paradox Sports, bringing professional adaptive climbing instruction to the world. In 2012, he joined forces with fellow adaptive athletes Craig DeMartino and Jarem Frye for the successful ascent of Zodiac, a 1,800-foot route on the Southeast Face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Their journey is documented in “Gimp Monkeys.”

Along with being possibly the most accomplished one-armed climber in the world, Davis also enjoys mountain biking, kayaking, snowboarding and hiking. He enjoys introducing other people with adaptive needs to these same sports so that they may also live a life of excellence.

After the event, Tim O’Neill will sign posters, draw raffle ticket and sign-up new Paradox Sports members.

The Paradox Sports training, equipment, and evening presentation are sponsored by the Mansfield University Student Government Association.