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.
  • Stoke level is super high this weekend skiing Mt. Baker wilderness. Pictured here is Mt. Shuksan in the North Cascades National Park. There are so many incredible mountains around the world, but I gotta say the mountains in my native Pacific Northwest rank right up their with the best of them. .
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  • Climbing up the vertical headwall on Manaslu (8th tallest mountain in the world). This type of climbing above 20,000ft is enough to take your breath away...literally! .
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#Manaslu #Nepal #Himalayas #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • To the love of my life @jennabesaw you are my Valentine and so much more. I'm so glad you said "yes" that day in 2014 at 19,000ft on Cayambe in Ecuador. Looking forward to many more summits and adventures with you in our lives. ❤️#Vday #valentines #willyoubemyvalentine #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • En route to the North Pole . Walking around on the frozen Arctic Ocean dragging my 150lb sled due North. Alone in my thoughts taking in the vastness of this harsh landscape. Making sure to keep an eye out for polar bears and cracks in the ice. The time of year I was there (April), the sun never sets, rather its circles wide on the horizon flashing a constant sunrise/sunset colorful haze. Truly a place like no other. #explorersgrandslam #northpole #Worldrecord #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • Ski touring on the slopes of Europe's highest peak Mt. Elbrus. We couldn't ski all the way from the top due to bulletproof ice in the winter conditions, but these views of the Caucuses have kept me dreaming of a return one day. There seems to be endless adventures to be had in this range. ⛷
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PS I HAD TO CHANGE MY HANDLE FROM BEYOND_72 TO COLINOBRADY, but not to worry nothing else has changed it's still me...😉 .
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  • Mount Everest Basecamp, Puja ceremony with the Tibetan Lama, sending blessing and asking for safe passage on the mountain. This is a crucial part of any Himalayan expedition. .
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PS I changed my handle from Beyond_72 to Colinobrady but not to worry nothing else has changed...it's still me 😉

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  • Entering the "Death Zone." Topping out on the Lhotse Face on Mt. Everest en route to Camp 4 (26,000ft) before a short rest and the final summit push that night. Such an incredible feeling to be up so high...
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  • The Sherpa community of the Khumbu Valley are without a doubt some of the hardest working people in the world. No expedition to the hallowed Himalayas happens without their hard work and dedication. I was in awe of their strength and grace on my way to reach Everest Basecamp. #Nepal #Himalayas #Sherpa #Everest #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • Showing the Everest South Side route. A little interview from 20,000ft as I was on my acclimatization round up the route. I remember my cheeks hurting from so much smiling this day...what a breathtaking place to stand! #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