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 Explorer's Grand Slam Champion

Date of Birth: March 16,1985

 Residence: Portland, Oregon

Accomplishments: World Record Holder:

Explorers Grand Slam and Seven Summits Speed Record

Sponsors: Gelber; Nike; Mountain Hardwear; Moosejaw; Sorel; Columbia; Prana

About: Colin Timothy O'Brady is an American professional endurance athlete, motivational speaker and a world record holding explorer. He is a former professional triathlete, representing the United States on the ITU Triathlon World Cup circuit, racing in 25 countries on six continents from 2009–2015. O'Brady is a four-time world record holder.

Selfie Provided by Colin O'Brady

"Having to push the boundaries in unfavourable conditions to break the record was super challenging. But it was always meant to be a challenge and it tested me. It's amazing to come out the other end victorious"


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" I hope that people take away from this is the power of the human spirit. When you believe in yourself, and you can dream big, that anything is possible "


THE IMPOSSIBLE ROW documents the historic journey of a team of adventurers as they strive to complete the world's first completely human powered ocean row across The Drake Passage, the most dangerous 600 miles of open ocean on Earth. The expedition was captained by Icelandic explorer Fiann Paul who was joined by a team of six record-holding explorers and athletes including Colin O’Brady. The row pushes the entire crew to their limits, testing their physical and mental strength as they work to accomplish something many think is impossible.

In this TED Talk, Colin O'Brady, explains his journey back from a tragic burn accident only to ascend to the 7 tallest mountains and two poles on earth - in world record time. His idea is centered around mindfulness and how one can achieve anything no matter the circumstances.

Colin O'Brady became the first person ever to cross the hostile environment of Antartica alone , unsupported on a 54 day trek. This could go down as one of the greatest feats in Polar history.

Colin O'Brady describes the mental preparation for this epic journey - 54-day solo trek across more than 930 miles without any assistance in Antartica was the first of its kind.

"You are locked in a prison of your own brain," O'Brady said. "Fortunately, I like my own company."

Seven Summits Speed Record

On May 27, 2016, professional endurance athlete Colin O’Brady, set a world record for summitting the tallest peak on each of the seven continents in a 132 days.  Less than 50 people have ever completed this staggering achievement, and only four in under a year.  Through determination and endurance, Colin became the fastest person to complete the mountaineering challenge,  Itinerary: O’Brady left Portland on December 25, 2015, flying to Chile and then Union Glacier in Antarctica. He began the Explorers Grand Slam on January 4, 2016 from 89 degrees south latitude and in seven days skied the 69 miles to the South Pole. He next climbed Mount Vinson, (Antarctica, 16,050 feet), Aconcagua, (South America, 22,838 feet), Carstensz Pyramid, (Oceania, 16,024 feet), Mount Kilimanjaro (Africa, 19,341 feet) and Mount Elbrus (Europe, 18,510 feet). On April 19, 2016, he reached the North Pole, and subsequently began the Mount Everest ascent. He summited Mount Everest on May 19, 2016.  O'Brady completed the Explorers Grand Slam on May 27, 2016, when he reached the summit of Denali, in Alaska.  

“The North Pole to Everest was the crux of the project.  The North Pole weather window directly conflicts with the first month that people usually spend on Everest.  When I arrived at the base of Everest, I was the very last climber in the climbing season to arrive. 

And I was coming from sea level.”

Colin O'Brady Denali Summit

"There were quite a few people at 14,000 feet camp that day and not a single person moved either up or down, let alone summit. In the first 30 minutes we were getting knocked off our feet by the wind. But I had this feeling: It's the last one. If I can get this done, I can get off the mountain and be back in bed."



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