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.
  • What summer adventures do people have planned? Pictured here is the view from one of the classic Seven Summits summer (Northern Hemisphere) adventures Europes tallest peak, Mt. Elbrus ... I know a bunch of people are headed there this month and next. Tell me what outdoor fun you're up to! #russia #elbrus #summerfun #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • Huge congrats to my boy @drjonkedski on making it to the summit of Denali a couple days ago. Word on the street Denali is having one of the coldest seasons on record, with less than 25% of teams making the summit. Brutal cold and breaking trail in two feet of powder didn't stop Jon for getting to the top. Also heard the pow on the ski descent was pretty all time!! Stoked for you, sad to have missed it...amazing job my friend. #Denali #Alaska #nationalparks #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • A little different kind of adventure than playing in the mountains. This week I'm back in Mallorca, Spain where I used to live while training and racing for pro triathlon in the European summers. @jennabesaw and I dreamed up the Beyond 7/2 world record attempt while living here in 2014. Now we are back to celebrate Jenna's 30th birthday today as well as dream and sow seeds for our next set of big goals. Stay tuned for an announcement soon on what's next!!! #mallorca #Spain #backflip #meditation #mediterraneansea
  • Alaskan beauty. The views looking back down on 17 Camp on Denali on the final days push to the summit. Shoutout to my boy @drjonkedski pushing for the summit this week. Reaching the tallest point in North America is an epic journey! #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits #Alaska #nationalparks #Denali
  • Whether you are a mountaineer or just have a passion for beautiful places, Denali National Park is not to be missed. This is the view from the flight in to the Kalhiltna Glacier to begin the climb up North Americas highest peak: Denali. #Alaska #nationalparks #Denali 
#Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • 64 years ago today Sir Edmond Hillary and Tenzing Norgay summited Everest for the first time. These two courageous explorers stepped into the true unknown to prove what humans are capable of. Many at the time believed reaching the summit of Everest was truly an impossible goal. Despite the doubt they made it! To think they did it with far less gear, support and modern clothing than climbers of today. It is a truly exceptional accomplishment that will be remembered forever. They are heroes and their bravery and courage have inspired me in so many way. #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits #Everest #nepal #hillarystep #Himalayas #legends #worldfirst
  • Celebrating the one year anniversary of reaching Denali's summit and setting two new world records for the fastest to complete Explorers Grand Slam and Seven Summits. I can't believe it's already been a year. Onward and upward to the many other big goals I've set for myself. More than any records I'm grateful for the journey and the wonderful people that fill my life with so much love and support. A special shoutout to my dear friend  @tuckercunninghamski for having the courage and strength to make that final summit push with me given the conditions (see post from yesterday) and of course to @jennabesaw the love of my life and partner in crime. I could never have reached any of these summits without your tireless work and strategic vision turning our seemingly impossible goal into a reality.  #everest #Denali #everestbasecamp #nationalparks #alaska #nepal #southpole #northpole #worldrecord #worldrecordholder #guinessworldrecord #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • A year ago today with time running out to set the Seven Summits world record my dear friend and climbing partner @tuckercunninghamski and I stepped out of our tent at 14,000ft camp on Denali hoping that we were going to the summit and this is the conditions we found...forecast we're calling for this weather system to stick around for at least a week and we had only 24 hours to get to the summit to set the second world record. It was a very tense time as over 130 days had boiled down to this moment. What to do?! #Denali #alaska #mountaineering #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits 
#Nationalparks
  • After summiting Everest last year on May 19th I had just one mountain left to climb to set two new world records: Denali. 
Without even spending a night in a hotel in Kathmandu, I rushed down from Everest's summit and flew all the way to Alaska to attempt to conquer my final peak. Having been going more than 135 days straight at that point from when I arrived to the South Pole in January I was suffering from deep fatigue. But with the finish line in my sights I summed my last ounces of strength and pushed towards the top. #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits #Everest #Denali #Alaska #Nationalparks #nepal #himalayas

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