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.
  • Despite 1 million people are visiting Oregon this weekend for the Eclipse. @colsajam and I had this view all to ourselves yesterday. Standing on Mt. Hood looking south to Mt Jefferson and the Three Sisters hiding in the smoke filled sky. Blessed to call this my backyard. #Home #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits #oregon #pnwonderland
  • Despite not making it to the summit of Rainier this week due to major crevasse collapse, I was treated to this sunrise above the clouds at 12,500ft. Summit or not, it's moments like this that stoke my passion for adventure in the outdoors.
#Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits 
#mtrainier #washington #nationalparks
  • Descending off of Mt. Rainier this morning. It was a beautiful day. Unfortunately our summit bid was not to be as a huge crevasses collapsed blocking our route to the summit crater. Despite that a day in the mountains with a dear friend is always a day well spent. @squnge and I have been dear friends for more than 26 years (Met in 1st Grade). It was his first time roped up on a glacier. So fun to teach and share that with him, he rocked it! Not to mention a 7000ft of@climbing was great training for the upcoming @29029_everesting challenge in participating in! Even without a bagging the summit we had a great adventure. Hard to beat alpine sunrises above the clouds.
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  • Excerpt from my podcast interview on the @redbulletin at @redbull HQ in Santa Monica. Even before the mountain climbing began with the Explorers Grand Slam it took over a year of hustle, grind, perseverance, passion and at times blind faith to pull it all off. As humans we are capable of achieving extraordinary things when we set our minds to them and commit fully! (Link in live story to full podcast)
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  • I love traveling far and wide to explore mountains and have adventures. But there is plenty of fun to be found right in my own backyard in Oregon. .
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#Oregon #threeSisters #bend #BendOregon 
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  • Sitting on top of South Sister yesterday afternoon was a satisfying moment and there was a swirl of freshly hatched monarch butterflies in the air adding to the magic. South Sister was the very first Oregon volcano I ever climbed as a kid. Fun to be able to stand on top of all Three Sisters in a single day. Also when this photo was taken the realization that my car was still 13 mikes away despite having summited all three was looming large. It was a bit of a slog back to the car, but made for a great adventure with @drjonkedski 
#Oregon #southSister #ThreeSisters
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  • Summit of North Sister a couple hours ago...now standing on top of Middle Sister...going for all three today...last up South and then a very long way back to the car...at least 25 miles to complete the loop and three peaks over 10000ft. Gorgeous day!! Follow the live story here and see if we make it. 📷 @drjonkedski 
#Oregon #ThreeSisters #ThreeSistersMarathon #BendOregon #NorthSisyer #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • I took this photos a couple years ago on North Sister in Oregon when I was training for the Grand Slam. Tonight I'm headed back with @drjonkedski to see if we can complete the "Three Sisters Marathon", all three mountains and about a 28 mile loop in one push...should a fun adventure!! It has been on my Oregon bucket list for a while.
#Oregon #threesisters #pacnw #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • With each step forward you are that much closer to your goal. Keep taking those steps and stacking those rocks, they'll get you  to the summit of whatever you are dreaming. 
Paraphrased from my TEDx Talk (Link in Profile)
#NeverGiveUP #Everest #Nepal #Himalayas #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