A World First
With a passion for pushing his limits, the adventures continue.
December 26th, 2018
Colin completed the first solo, unsupported, unaided crossing of Antarctica. 932-miles across the continent in 54 days.
Colin O’Brady is a 4-time world record holder and one of the world’s best endurance athletes. Colin is regarded as a foremost expert on mindset and a highly sought after keynote speaker. Colin isn’t your typical pro athlete despite his unmatched athletic accomplishments - a world first solo crossing of Antarctica, summiting Mt. Everest, and setting three prestigious mountaineering world records - and he has done it all after overcoming a devastating accident to prove that anything is possible.
What it took
Antarctic expeditions are not for the faint of heart. Beyond being the southernmost continent, Antarctica is the coldest, windiest and driest continent on the planet.
With this being a solo expedition, Colin’s well being was 100% in his own hands.
Colin pulled a 400 pound sled with all of his equipment and food.
Colin battled high winds and -40 degree temperatures. Antarctica presented many challenges with fields of sastrugi and white-out conditions.
Colin consumed ~8000 calories per day to maintain enough strength to complete the expedition.
Beyond the physical stressors, he needed to remain mentally tough alone on the ice.
Colin worked with the top doctors at The Standard Process Nutrition Innovation Center to create a custom diet to optimize his nutrition. One of his goals was to prove that not only is this project possible, but also that organic whole food nutrition was one of the keys to success.
Beyond the crossing
In continuation of Colin’s mission to inspire kids and communities to dream big, set goals and live active, healthy lives - his non-profit, Beyond 7/2, has partnered with Dr. Drizzle to bring The Impossible First Jr. Challenge (IFJC) to life.
Students from all across the world were invited to engage with Colin’s journey right from their classrooms. The IFJC allowed classrooms to track Colin’s daily progress, research the climate, landforms, vegetation, animals, and historical importance of Antarctica, and set fitness goals to complete during the 70 days that Colin crossed the continent. Students also had the opportunity to send in questions for Colin to answer via a “Question of the Day” submission.
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