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Colin O’Brady – The World’s Fastest Record-Breaking Mountaineer.

Colin O’Brady’s life is teeming with exceptional achievements. A younger-than-average Yale graduate, former Wall Street trader, US triathlete and now a two-times Guinness World Record holding mountaineer, for becoming the fastest person to climb the Seven Summits (seven of the tallest mountains on each continent), plus trekking to the North and South Pole as part of the notoriously tough Explorers Grand Slam. Only 50 other people have achieved the feat, and Colin annihilated all previous records, completing the gruelling challenge in just 139 days. That’s 139 days to summit SEVEN of the world’s tallest mountains and walk to both Poles. 139 days! And to think he was once told he may never walk properly again, following a horrific accident in Thailand which severely burned 25% of his body. Oh, and not forgetting his efforts to raise $1 million to tackle childhood obesity. Yep, Colin O’Brady is one super-human!

Topics Discussed:

  • The power and influence of a supportive and nurturing family.
  • How Colin’s natural competitiveness has fuelled a lifetime of achievement and adventure.
  • Why Colin is such a high-achiever.
  • Becoming a professional athlete.
  • Colin’s 4000 mile cycle from Connecticut to Oregon.
  • His desire to see the world before settling into a career on Wall Street.
  • How a severe accident in Thailand altered Colin’s life course for the better.
  • Dealing with the prognosis of never being able to walk properly again.
  • The power of incremental goals.
  • The personal motivation behind accomplishing the Explorers Grand Slam.
  • How to overcome life’s unexpected obstacles.
  • The importance of meditation & nutrition to enhance performance.
  • The worldwide obesity crisis, and how Colin is contributing to the conversation.
  • How to persevere and find the rays of light in any negative situation.

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Episode resources:

Nike Foundation
Social Good Summit
Explorers Grand Slam
Iron Man
Adaptive Grand Slam
Alliance for a Healthier Generation

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People mentioned:

Tony Robbins
Michael Phelps
Richard Parks
Michelle Obama – Let’s Move
Martin Hewitt

Enjoyed today’s show?

If extreme adventure is your bag, have a listen to these other awesome Off the Ropes Podcast guests:

Ann Daniels – ‘So cold, I thought I was going to die.’
Martin Hewitt – 7 Summits, 2 Poles, I Mission
Steve Bate – How a blind climber scaled Yosemite’s 3000ft monolith, El Capitan:
Jaco Van Gass – ‘I’ve lost my arm. OK. Carry on!’ Mountaineer, Invictus athlete & GB para-cyclist

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  1. George Jay

    I think we all need bottled Colin in our lives, what a totally enjoyable listen.
    Now that’s what I call “A Grand Slam”
    I would also like to mention “Behind every good man ….”

    1. Victoria Author

      Ha ha, oh yes, of course! :)

  2. Nancy Lawrence

    He is super-human, it’s good that he is motivating the next generation to get out in the fresh air and get some exercise.

    1. Victoria Author

      Aw, he sure is. Super inspiring man. Loved chatting to Colin.

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