Faster than a speeding bullet, stronger than a rhinoceros, able
to leap tall buildings in a single bound; descriptions for
Superman, perhaps, descriptions of the “Urban Ape,” close
Having climbed urban open spaces since his childhood in
Philadelphia, Timmy O’Neill, aka the ‘Urban Ape’, has fostered his
affinity for climbing and turned it into a full-scale traveling
spectacle called Outside University, which comes to CSU tonight at
7 in the Lory Student Center North Ballroom.
O’Neill said he earned his nickname for often scaling city
buildings. Recently he scaled the dormitories on the campus of the
University of Colorado-Boulder, although he said he did not witness
any “illegal recruiting practices,” during his climb.
Hosting the show for CSU is the on-campus organization, Outing
Club, which aside from providing students with access to O’Neill,
will also allow them to sign up for various adventure programs
offered by representatives of Outward Bound, outdoor retailers and
local outfitters that will be on hand before and after the
As for the show itself, O’Neill promises to leave those in
“It’s a mix of stand-up comedy and tales of adventure,” O’Neill
said. “We hope to leave audiences motivated to get out and enjoy
Adding to the intrigue are O’Neill’s local exploits. Aside from
scaling CU dorm buildings, O’Neill has also set many climbing speed
records at Yosemite National Park, the most notable being his
world-record ascent of Nose on El Capitan. O’Neill, along with
scaling partner Dean Potter, managed that ascent in 3 hours, 24
But the program won’t be limited to his climbs in Yosemite, said
Outside Magazine representative Tara Martin: It will cover all his
recent international adventures as well.
“It’s going to be a funny, entertaining show,” said Martin,
whose Outside Magazine is sponsoring Outside University. “It’s a
multimedia show with slides and clips of his trip to Greenland and
Martin added that O’Neill will also show clips from his
adventures from Patagonia, Pakistan and Cuba’s limestone
Apart from his Outside University tour, which has made its way
throughout the nation and will continue through May 19, O’Neill has
also dedicated his time recently to filmmaking. His film “Urban
Ape” has won five major Mountain Film Festival awards, and he has
also put together critically acclaimed climbing sideshows.
“O’Neill is one of the smartest, funniest presenters out there
today,” said Yvon Chouinard, owner of the Patagonia Clothing
Students now have the chance to find out for themselves.