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Update: Colin O'Brady summits Mount Everest



COURTESY: COLIN O'BRADY - Colin O'Brady stands on Mount Everest, which he summited Wednesday evening, Portland time.Much like his days swimming at Lincoln High and Yale and competing in triathlons, Portland’s Colin O’Brady has approached the Explorers Grand Slam with competitive zeal and determination to be the best.

See a mountain, such as Mount Everest this week? Climb it. Fast.

He wants to complete the mountaineering feat in less than six months, which would be a world record. Fewer than 50 people have completed the Explorers Grand Slam — climbing the highest peaks on seven continents and skiing to the North and South poles.

His Beyond 7/2 campaign also has been about bringing awareness to child obesity, attempting to raise $1 million to inspire active, healthy kids in partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. And O’Brady has his own motivation, stemming from doctors saying he wouldn’t walk normally again after a 2006 fire-dancing accident — jumping a flaming rope — left him severely burned.

Well, O’Brady, 31, has walked and run and biked and swam and climbed and done everything else, and stands on the brink of history. Set back by weather the first time, O’Brady and a companion planned to reach the summit of 29,029-foot Mount Everest this week (see www.beyond72.com for updates).

UPDATE: O'Brady reached the summit Wednesday evening, Portland time.

After Everest, he faces only one more mountain to climb: Mount Denali in Alaska, which, like the other parts of the Explorers Grand Slam, he would tackle immediately, beating the six-month world record and establishing his name among the mountaineering greats.

— Jason Vondersmith

Contract Publishing

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