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Public Lecture Series with Colin O’Brady

Go Beyond


The Explorers Grand Slam is a mountaineering challenge to climb the tallest mountain on each of the seven continents (also known as the “Seven Summits”) and complete expeditions across the last degree of latitude to the North and South Poles.

Less than 50 people have ever completed this lifetime achievement, and only four in under a year. Colin aimed to complete the feat in record time, leaving one expedition to head straight to the next.

Colin faced dire challenges such as extreme altitude, limited oxygen, severe winds, and bitter cold temperatures in the Arctic and polar regions. This epic endeavor was a true test of physical and mental resilience, and one that redefines the limits of human endurance. Through determination and grit, Colin achieved his objective.

On May 27th, 2016 Colin set two mountaineering world records, and claimed the speed records for both the Explorers Grand Slam (139 days) and the Seven Summits (132 days).

These world records were part of a larger venture coined BEYOND 7/2; a project aiming to raise awareness and charitable funds to inspire kids to get outdoors and lead active, healthy lives.

Through satellite technology and a daily dedication to sharing his journey via social media, Colin was able to connect with millions of followers around the globe. With a focus on reaching kids, Colin was the first person to successfully Snapchat from the summit of Mt. Everest.


Colin O'Brady has spent the last two decades as an elite endurance athlete.

Raised in Portland, Oregon Colin spent his childhood exploring the mountains of the Pacific Northwest and cultivated a passion for adventure in the outdoors. Always an active kid at heart, Colin became a nationally ranked swimmer and youth soccer star. Colin was recruited to swim at the collegiate varsity level for Yale University where he graduated with a Bachelors in Economics in 2006. After graduation Colin spent time as a commodities trader on Wall Street.

Then a life changing event took Colin on a different path. Over the past six years, Colin has raced as a professional triathlete in 25 countries on six continents representing the United States in international triathlon competitions.

After much success on the race course, Colin’s transition back to the mountains, eager to push his physical limits was only natural. With the kids’ health at the forefront of his mind, Colin conquered not only his boyhood dream of climbing Mt. Everest, but is now a two-time world record holder. One objective was reached. His charitable work with kids continues.

Date: Monday, January 9th

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $25

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