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.
  • The summit of Mount Everest...literally sitting on top of the world. I had to post one more summit pic from my Everest expedition a year ago in honor of the  many climbers who are in position ready to go for the summit tonight. This moment was truly an all time highlight in my life, but any good mountaineer will tell you the summit is only halfway. Already a few climbers this season have lost their lives on the descent...sending positive vibes for safe passage on the mountain as they reach for the ultimate prize! Come home safe! #Everest #Nepal #Himalayas #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • "I'M ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. EVEREST!!!" A year ago I was on top of the world!!! Wow...what an amazing feeling. So much went into that moment, from the dreaming as a kid, to the countless other mountains both literal and figurative I had to climb to stand there. I'm grateful for all of the love and support from all over the world that helped me reached that moment of pure joy. What's your Everest?! #Everest #Nepal #topoftheworld #Himalayas #everestbasecamp #summit 
#Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • A year ago today I took this photo stepping out of my tent at Camp 4 in the "Death Zone" on Everest as I left for my final summit push. I was equally scared and excited as I climbed  through the night reaching toward my childhood dream of standing on top of the world.  #nepal #Himalayas #Everest #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • One year ago today I was pushing for Camp 4 and then hopeful for the Everest summit push after that, but I got caught out in a big storm and had to duck into this tent at precarious Camp 3 on the Lhotse Face. Trying to keep smiling and laughing but I was getting worked...I actually cracked my ribs from coughing that same day and was in a lot of pain. Sending strength to all the climbers right now in this situation pushing for their summit dreams! #Everest #Nepal #himalayas #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • I took this photo a year ago today at Camp 2 on Everest (21,500ft), as I prepared mentally for my second summit attempt after having to retreat from Camp 4 (The Death Zone) a couple days earlier in a severe storm. The fear from that storm was weighing on my mind as I tried in this moment to summon the energy and courage to make another attempt to reach the top of the world. #Nepal #himalayas #Everest #everestbasecamp #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • Sometimes the hardest part about climbing big mountains is sitting still. Reports from the Nepal side of Everest right now have a week from now as the earliest possible time for the ropes to be fixed to the top. Passing days in the tent at altitude can crush your spirit, but patience is the ultimate key to success on Everest. #Nepal #Everest #everestbasecamp #himalaya #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits #himalayas
  • Such a great day climbing Mt. Hood yesterday. No matter how many times I go up there, I never get sick of it. Nothing like a bluebird day in the Cascades to put a smile on my face. Even more special was bringing @jennabesaw up to the top for her first Mt. Hood summit. Lucky to call this area home...Mt. Hood makes for a pretty spectacular backyard 😉
#Oregon #MtHood #oregonexplored #cascades #pacnw #pacificnorthwest #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • Life in the Western Cym, between Camp 1 and Camp 2 on Everest. Summit seen on the left and Lhotse (the 4th tallest mountain on Earth) looming in the center of the screen. #Nepal #Himalayas #everestbasecamp #Everest #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • The dreaded lineup on the Lhotse Face on Mt Everest. This year is shaping up to be one of the busiest years on record with many people reusing permits from the cancelled 2015 season. Sadly these days one of the biggest hazards on the mountain are the other climbers. Wishing for safe passage for the many people working hard to stand on top of the world. #Everest #Nepal #Himalayas #Lhotse #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits

BIOGRAPHY

Colin O’Brady was born in Olympia, Washington on March 16, 1985. The son of an Eagle Scout, Colin spent his childhood exploring the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest with his family. He learned about healthy living from his father, an organic farmer, and from his mother and stepfather, co-founders of a local, natural foods grocery chain.

Through passion, dedication, and hard work, Colin grew into a youth sports star. He won Oregon State Championships and received national honors in both swimming and soccer. Colin was recruited to swim at Yale University where he swam all four years.

During his time in college, Colin took a leave of absence to pursue a semester-long course with the National Outdoors Leadership School, mountaineering and kayaking in remote Patagonia, Chile. Later, while studying African economic development in college, he traveled to Tanzania, where he caught a glimpse of Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro. That day, a dream was born: to climb the Seven Summits.

In 2006, Colin graduated from Yale with a BA in economics. The day after graduation, he embarked on a 4000-mile cycling journey from Connecticut to Oregon, with the aim to raise money and awareness for Habitat for Humanity.

Before beginning his career in finance, Colin left to explore the world on a backpacking trip. While in Thailand, Colin suffered a tragic accident and was severely burned in a fire. His injuries covered nearly 25% of his body, primarily damaging his legs and feet.

Doctors warned him he might never walk again normally, but Colin was determined to beat the odds. He focused not only on walking again, but set himself a goal: to complete a triathlon following his recovery. A mere 18 months after his accident while working as a trader in Chicago, Colin amazed the racing world when he placed first overall amateur at the 2009 Chicago Triathlon.

His victory in triathlon sparked a new path. Colin turned pro, and fulfilled his childhood dream of being a professional athlete. Over the last five years, he has represented the United States in triathlon competitions in 22 countries and on six continents. Meanwhile, the distant peaks still called to him: Colin finally summited Mount Kilimanjaro following a race in East Africa, and climbed Mount Fuji after racing in Japan.

Colin’s whole life has led him to the Explorers Grand Slam. In 2015, in addition to competing on the grueling Ironman circuit, Colin will cross-train in the mountains in preparation for a record-breaking performance. In 2016, Colin will attempt to become the fastest person ever to conquer the Explorers Grand Slam.

Colin’s active, healthy childhood laid the foundation for his success as an elite athlete today. He knows that he was fortunate to be exposed to healthy principles as a youth, and he hopes his record-breaking performance will inspire children to lead healthy lives and pursue their goals. BEYOND 7/2 aims to raise funds and awareness to support programs that work to eliminate childhood obesity and promote active, healthy lifestyles.

“I’ve worked my whole life in pursuit of excellence in sport and health. I am excited to create a visible platform with BEYOND 7/2, to give back and inspire the next generation to dream big and succeed through dedication to healthy life choices.” – Colin