THE CAUSE

“In the end, you have to measure your life by whether children have a better future. Our children are depending on us.” – President Bill Clinton

In the last 30 years, childhood obesity has almost tripled in children and adolescents. Today about one in three children in the United States is overweight or obese, putting them at risk for serious health problems today and well into their futures. There is no single cause of childhood obesity and therefore no single solution. By transforming all the environments where kids learn and grow, we can give them the best chance to live their healthiest lives.

 

100% of funds donated here go directly to programs supporting children’s health. Our sponsors have generously covered the expedition budget for BEYOND 7/2.

On May 27, 2016 pro endurance athlete Colin O’Brady completed the Explorers Grand Slam in a world record shattering 139 days. Colin climbed the Seven Summits and skied the last degree to the North and South Poles, all in an effort to raise awareness and funds to inspire active, healthy kids in partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
  • My heart goes out to anyone impacted by the tragedy that unfolded on Mt. Hood yesterday. Having grown up in the shadow of this mountain I’ve spent more time on it than any other peak in the world. This tragedy hits very close to home. The warm winter conditions this year have made for very icy climbing and high rockfall danger. I took this picture last winter in much more favorable conditions on the Hogsback after a foot of fresh snow.  Sending love and safe vibes to everyone out there. .
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  • With Aconcagua season in full swing the past month I’ve gotten many people asking for my gear list. Unfortunately I never wrote that down, but I did take this picture before packing my bag in Argentina. Congrats to my friend @jordysmilde for summiting South America’s highest peak recently!! .
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#Aconcagua #Argentina #southAmerica #andes #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • I spend a lot of time on the road these days. I love exploring new places and meeting amazing people. However there will always be a piece of my heart here in Oregon; the place I call home. I’ve dreamed many dreams starring at this view of the Pacific from the deck of my parents house. It’s been a great last few days centering myself back here while dreaming and planning for the amazing adventures that will unfold in 2018.  I’m feeling grateful for this moment to catch my breath. The road is calling again...
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  • #TBT Climbing into the Death Zone on Mt Everest. There is nothing quite like being up this high...truly breathtaking (pun intended). #Everest #Nepal #Kathmandu #Himalayas 
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  • #TBT staring out over the endless expanse of Antarctica. I’ve been thinking a lot about the frozen continent lately. In this picture it almost looks as if I am staring out on a blanket of clouds, but rather it is the leaks and valleys of Antarctica the vast majority of which has never had a single human footprint on it. What better place to truly explore?! #Antarctica 
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  • Nothing like having a Colorado mountain all to yourself at sunrise and skiing down. Still buzzing from my hut trip last week with @squnge and @drjonkedski. The snow may not have been the best, but the adventure was top shelf.
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  • Sunrise skin up New York Mountain in Colorado with two amazing friends @squnge and @drjonkedski. We had a great adventure this week at the Polar Star Inn backcountry hut in Colorado. If you’ve never been to the backcountry huts in Colorado I highly recommend it. There are more than 100 huts throughout the state of Colorado that require skiing into during the winter. Good friends, wood stove, wood fired suana and dives into the snow to cool off, endless laughs and fresh tracks in the snow...tough to beat! 📷 @drjonkedski .
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  • Today marks a major milestone in my life. 10 years ago today I woke up in this remote hospital in Thailand having been severely burned in a fire. The doctors warned me that I would likely never walk again normally. This tragedy shook me too my core yet also taught me some of life’s greatest lessons. I learned that trauma and pain can sometimes lead to growth especially when you can shift your mindset toward to positive and start working toward it no matter how bleak the current circumstance my seem. Who would have been able to predict that that same scared kid lying in the hospital bed in this picture would go on to become a professional athlete and set two world records? Today I am grateful for all of the people who kept believing in me and urging me to keep fighting for a brighter future. It’s hard to put into words the deep gratitude that I have for both my Mom and David (my brother in law), who literally pulled me from that fire and held me in their arms as I cried out in fear on the other side of the world. They were the first in a long line of people who would go on to love and support me through that journey and over the last ten years. Today I skied and laughed in Telluride with the sun on my face overflowing with gratitude to be able to use these legs to play in the outdoors. Sending love and positivity out to anyone who is going through a hard time right now...believe me no matter the current darkness there is so much light just around the corner. Keep believing in the power of a positive mindset. .
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  • The early bird gets the worm. Started the day my favorite way this morning, climbing up on the mountain all alone watching the sunrise, skinning up to the top of the resort in Telluride before the lifts open. All alone enjoying the quiet of the mountain I climbed up 2500 vertical feet in an hour up to 11,500ft on the mountain...feeling that thin mountain air for sure. There isn’t much fresh snow here in Colorado, but ripping down the virgin groomers was still plenty fun. Bluebird and some untouched corduroy is enough to keep a smile on my face for sure. What fun adventures do people have planned for the weekend? .
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#Telluride #Colorado #tothetop #ski #skitouring #skimountaineering 
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THE CHARITY

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation is a catalyst for children’s health. Founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation in 2005, the Alliance has been climbing its own mountain, in an effort to make the healthy choice the easy choice for kids across the country.

The Alliance’s current work directly impacts more than 20 million children, with a focus on low-income and minority populations who are at increased risk for obesity and other diseases. Millions more young people benefit from system changes initiated in partnership with the Alliance and the corporate sector.

“I’m not in this alone – I have a team to lean against. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation keeps me grounded. The support they provide me and the ideas they hand out – they remind me that I am doing something good.” – May Phyo, 16-year-old Alliance Youth Ambassador

We’re all in this together. True change comes when individuals, groups, and systems work together to create healthier environments in all the place kids spend their time. These systems and environments are the schools, communities, businesses and homes that our kids live in, learn at and encounter every day. Whoever you are and wherever you are, you have a part to play in giving kids the chance to learn healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

“As a world-class athlete, Colin is a great example of what is possible when someone makes health a top priority. More importantly, as someone who is using his gifts to create a better world for our next generation, Colin is a perfect example of what is possible when we all work together – a brighter world for our nation’s children. Thank you Colin and thank you to all those you inspire to join the cause.” – Howell Wechsler, Alliance for a Healthier Generation CEO