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50hp

With a passion for pushing his limits, the adventures continue.

 
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A NEW WORLD RECORD

Fastest time to summit all 50 U.S. High Points

Set July 19, 2018 in 21 days 9 hours 48 minutes

 
 

 
 

The expedition

 
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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.

 
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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.

 

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Completed high points

 

🔺AK, Denali – June 27

🔺HI, Mauna Kea – June 29

🔺NM, Wheeler Peak – June 30

🔺OK, Black Mesa – June 30

🔺FL, Britton Hill – July 1

🔺AL Cheaha Mountain – July 1

🔺MS, Campbell Hill – July 1

🔺MO, Taum Sauk Mountain – July 1

🔺AK, Mt. Magazine – July 1

🔺LA, Driskill Mountain – July 1

🔺GA, Brasstown Bald – July 2

🔺SC, Sassafras Mtn – July 2

🔺TN, Clingmans Dome – July 2

🔺NC, Mt. Mitchell – July 3

🔺VA, Mt. Rogers – July 3

🔺KY, Black Mountain – July 3

🔺IN, Hoosier Hill – July 3

🔺OH, Campbell Hill – July 3

🔺WV, Spruce Knob – July 4

🔺MA, Backbone Mountain – July 4

🔺PA, Mount Davis – July 4

🔺DE, Ebright Azimuth – July 4

🔺NJ, High Point – July 5

🔺RI, Jerimoth Hill – July 5

🔺CT, Mt. Frissell – July 5

🔺MA, Mt. Greylock – July 5

🔺NY, Mt. Marcy – July 5

🔺VT, Mt. Mansfield – July 6

🔺NH, Mt. Washington – July 6

🔺ME, Mt. Katahdin – July 7

🔺MN, Eagle Mountain – July 7

🔺MI, Mt. Arvon – July 7

🔺WI, Timms Hill – July 8

🔺IA, Hawkeye Point – July 8

🔺IL, Charles Mound – July 8

🔺ND, White Butte – July 8

🔺SD, Black Elk Peak – July 9

🔺TX, Guadalupe Peak – July 9

🔺NV, Boundary Peak – July 10

🔺AZ, Humphrey's Peak – July 11

🔺NE, Panorama Point – July 11

🔺KS, Mt Sunflower – July 11

🔺CO, Mt. Elbert – July 12

🔺CA, Mt. Whitney – July 13

🔺UT, Kings Peak – July 14 

🔺WY, Gannett Peak – July 15

🔺ID, Borah Peak – July 16

🔺MT, Granite Peak – July 17

 

All dates 2018

 

 
 

the Route

 
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How did it work?

The world record clock kicked off as soon as Colin summited Denali, Alaska's high point and North America's tallest peak.

We mapped out the logistics for a rapid push, however due to the unpredictable nature of climbing Denali's 20,310 ft, the dates were subject to change.

Colin summited Denali June 27th and the record started moving quickly! Because Colin was one day ahead of the anticipated June 28 summit date we planned for, we slotted in the New Mexico and Oklahoma high points en route to Florida. But obstacles were just around the corner.

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Arizona's Humphrey's Peak was closed due to fire danger caused by lack of rain to the area. Awaiting the area to reopen we were biting our nails.

On the morning of July 11, Humphrey's Peak was reopened for climbing allowing Colin back to climb the Peak.

Mt. Whitney, CA's high point also gave Colin some trouble. The mountain was closed due to a lightning strike that caused a forest fire.

Colin was unable to climb with his original permit due to this closure. We monitored the situation and luck came again. The Whitney Portal reopened Wednesday evening.

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The final week

Due to the Arizona and California high points closures we faced, we reshuffled some of the final high points for maximum mobility and speed on the record attempt.

After Kings Peak in Utah we accessed Colin's energy level and physical/mental fatigue. For safety purposed we needed to confirm that Colin was good to continue. Colin waived additional rest time and went straight on pushing through the remaining five peaks, all of which were challenging climbs on their own, to finish up the 50HP world record!

 
 

Following the journey in real time

Colin’s journey was told in real-time with live updates on Instagram stories so anyone could know about his progress, projected arrival times at trailheads and any delays that arose. 

Longer form vlog style video content was posted throughout the journey. We shared highlights of his progress in post-adventure videos as well.

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