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.
  • That feeling when you climb “Everest” in Stratton, Vermont. The @29029_everesting didn’t disappoint. It was a 15:30 hour journey through the night. Each lap was 1750 vertical feet and 1.3 Miles. It pitched up to a muddy 40% grade, and after 17 laps added up to 29,029ft; the attitude on Mt. Everest’s summit from sea level. No snow, ice, or thin air, like the Himalaya but it was a seriously formidable challenge nonetheless. Most important it was incredible to participate in an event with so many amazing people. The camaraderie and community have been top notch. Huge shoutout to @marchodulich @the100mileman and all many others that brought this unforgettable experience to life. It’s been an honor and privileged to share this journey with you. “One step at a time...” #29029
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  • #TBT Oxygen mask on in the Death Zone on Mt Everest at Camp 4 (26,000ft). Today I just arrived to Vermont for a different kind of “Everesting” challenge the @29029_everesting ... we won’t need the oxygen mask here, but we will be climbing 29,029ft this weekend. 17 laps up Stratton Ski mountain with @the100mileman and gang. Each lap 1700ft, 1.3 Miles...rinse and repeat 17 times to equal the same vertical gain at Everest. It all kicks off tomorrow...be sure to tune into the IG live updates. I’m excited to tackle this challenge with a great group of people. 
#Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits 
#Everest #Stratton #vermont #Nepal #Himalayas  #dohardthings
  • #TBT Throwback to the moment I crested the Geneva Spur on Mt. Everest and stepped into the Death Zone (Above 26,000ft) for the first time in my life. Despite the stunning view when this photo was taken, little did I know a huge wind storm was about to blow in, and I would spend the next 18 hours suffering through one of the longest nights of my life in a tent at Camp 4, and abandoning my first attempt to summit the tallest mountain in the world. If at first your don't succeed....
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  • Panoramic views from this mornings climb. I've been doing laps on Mt. Hood the past week to get some vertical in my legs in preparation for @29029_everesting challenge in two weeks. I've had the mountain literally all to myself. I haven't run in to a single other person up here. The solitude means extra work breaking trail in deep snow, but there is something magical about being up here all alone. No matter how many times I climb this mountain, the beauty and variety of routes never gets old. I grew up in the shadow of this mountain, so it will always be a special place for me. .
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#Oregon #mthood #pnwonderland #PacNW #oregonexplored #cascades
  • I was all alone watching the sunrise on the summit of Mt. Hood at 6am yesterday. There is nothing like solitude on a mountaintop to put life into perspective. Makes me feel small, yet alive and grateful for all of the adventures to be had out there.  Each sunrise is a gift of a new day. .
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#Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits 
#Oregon #Sunrise #topoftheworld #PacNW #pnwonderland
  • 31.5 Miles today on the trail completing the full point to point of the famous Wildwood trail. I've spent a lot of time training on this trail over the years having grown up near it, but I've never done the whole thing in one go. This pic is from a trail run last year out there, but today was more of a intentional zone 1 power hike as I prepare for the @29029_everesting . Total time today 7 hours 15 minutes continuous with no breaks. My summer has been amazing, but the travel schedule has left my training VERY inconsistent. It dawned on me that I'm only three weeks out from the "Everesting" challenge and not feeling very fit. Happy to see that I could still put together a 31 mile day on the trails despite the inconsistency. Good times indeed! Might be a little sore tomorrow ... 😬
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  • #TBT Throwback Thursday to when I trekked to the North Pole. That expedition is a good metaphor for success in life. When it's -40 degrees outside and you are dragging a 150 pound sled across one of the harshest environments in the world you have no choice but to keep pushing forward one step at a time. Eventually that grit and perseverance leads to the "Top of the World" (Quite Literally). #NeverQuit #KeepMovingForward .
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#NorthPole #topoftheworld #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • I've got Antarctica on my mind this week. I took this shot from
Camp 1 on Mt. Vinson, Antarctica's tallest mountain. I am still blown away by the pristine beauty of the frozen continent. So many untouched places left to explore. #Antarctica #vinson #MtVinson  #SouthPole
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  • Despite the -40 degree temperatures at the South Pole, I could help but jump for joy when I arrived after pulling my 150lb sled across the last degree of latitude to reach the bottom of the world. Maybe I'll be back soon? #SouthPole #Antarctica #BottomOfTheWorld 
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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