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.
  • A year ago today I reached the "top of the world" The North Pole. It's an experience like no other walking around on the endless frozen ocean. .
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  • It's National Parks week!! Here's a shot from one of my favorite National Parks: Denali. I'll be returning there soon. What is your favorite National Park? .
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  • It's that time of year again...don't look down!! The pilgrimage through the infamous Khumbu Icefall, and the precarious ladders for hopeful Everest climbers and Sherpas is in full effect. .
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  • "We all have reservoirs of untapped potential and can achieve great things..." Such an honor and a joy to share my story on the TED stage yesterday. Action shot as I was describing how cold Antarctica is, "So cold that when I threw a cup of boiling water into the air it instantly turned into ice" .
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  • Climbing the Seven Summits takes you far from home, but I made sure to bring a little hometown pride with me up each summit!! @timbersfc Portland love from the summit of Mount Elbrus. #Russia #Elbrus #Timbers #Pdx #tedxpdx #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • Getting ready for my TED talk this week. Reliving many of these moments from last year on Everest. There will be a live feed from @tedxportland on Saturday if you want to tune in.
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  • It's that time of year when the Khumbu Valley is bustling with activity as trekkers, climbers and porters make their way to the hallowed ground of Everest Base Camp! Namaste to all the folks out there enjoy the majestic beauty of the Khumbu. #Everest #KhumbuValley #Nepal #Himalayas #everestbasecamp #everestbasecamptrek #Ebc #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • It won't be long now until I'm retracing these steps on Denali's ridge. Plans are in motion for a return trip to North America's highest point in a couple months...Stay Tuned!! #Denali #Alaska #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits #nationalpark #nationalparks
  • I do love traveling far and wide to beautiful mountains and wilderness, but I gotta give the hometown love as sometimes it's just as magic here as anywhere else. Gorgeous views over the Columbia Gorge in Oregon. #Oregon #ColumbiaRiver #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