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.
  • Nothing like the 360 views of the Andes to put a smile on your face. Here I am working my way up to the high camp on Aconcagua the tallest mountain in the world outside of Asia.  What summer outside adventures are people getting after right now? #Aconcagua #Argentina #mendoza  #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • Shredding a different kind of pow!! Sandboarding on the dunes of Wadi Rum in Jordan 🏂 🇯🇴 .
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#Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #sand #desert #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #snowboarding #backcountry #Jordan #travelJordan
  • Incredible day scrambling and climbing up through the slot canyons of Wadi Rum in Jordan. The sandstone formations out here are epic! #Jordan 🇯🇴 #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • A different kind of mountain landscape than usual. This week I went on an incredible journey through Israel with some of the top leaders in sports. After arriving at the top of the world last year, made the contrast of swimming at the Dead Sea at the bottom of the world even more stoke. TodY it was 110 degrees at the Dead Sea. Both the top of the world and bottom are harsh environment but equally beautiful in their mystic and allure. Thank you to the @realityisrael team and the Schusterman's for bringing this amazing group together for this life changing experience.
  • My TEDx Talk just went live. To hear the story of my journey to set two world records while overcoming significant setbacks check out the link in profile. It was such an honor to share my story on the venerated TED stage. PLEASE SHARE if you feel so inclined.
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📷 Everest summit on the left towering above me!
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#Everest #Nepal #Himalayas #tedtalks #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits @ted @tedxportland
  • Throwback to some serious heavy breathing climbing at 23,000ft on Mt. Everest up the famous Lhotse Face. Breathtaking in a very literal sense...
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#Everest #Nepal #Himalayas 
#Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #Sherpa #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • These moments are some of my favorite in the mountains; alpine sunrise above the clouds  with the snow and cloud layers blending together. 
#Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits #rainier #MtRainier
  • Summit smiles...standing on the highest place in my home state: summit of Mt. Hood. Check out that bird perched in the background...imagine being able to just fly up to these places whenever you wanted...amazing!
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#Oregon #MtHood #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • So much fun was had the past 24 hours. I invited my dear friend @daleyervin into my world. He's got incredible endurance accolades (Leadville 100, Rowing the Atlantic...Just to name a couple). But he'd never been on a mountain before. Admittedly I chucked him into the deep end when I invited him to try the Mt. Hood, Mt. Rainier double (Back to back in 24 hours). First time in crampons, first time on a glacier, first time in a climbing harness, roped up etc. He did great. After over 10,000 feet and 15 hours of climbing, a Mt Hood summit, four hours driving, and two nights no sleep, tired legs got the better of my friend. The safe choice was made to turn around shy of the Rainier summit and live to fight another day. Not to worry, I promised him the mountain is not going anywhere. The joy is in and adventure, the friendship, the laughter and the journey. The second summit would have just been icing on the cake. Next time! This gorgeous sunrise perch above the clouds and the joy of playing in the beautiful outdoors was well worth the trip. Already looking forward to the next adventure together. #MtHood #MtRainier #oregon #washington 
#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