I spent a lot of weekends spanning from childhood through adulthood climbing all of Colorado’s fourteeners. I’ve often thought it would be fun to bag the highest peak in every state as well. Apparently, Colin O’Brady had a similar thought. Only he distilled it down into a feat of pure speed.
O’Brady wants to complete a climb of the 50 highest peaks in the United States, climbing the highest peak in every state in just 30 days.
Colin isn’t new to a good challenge. In 2008, he was jumping rope on a beach in Thailand when he was severely injured. Said rope had been soaked in kerosene and lit on fire. The rope wrapped around his legs and left him with third-degree burns. Doctors told him he would never walk normally again.
Colin decided to fight the diagnosis. He started with triathlons, completing 50 races ranging from Sprints to full Ironman distance races. After retiring from triathlons, he took on the Explorers Grand Slam, climbing the Seven Summits; the tallest mountain on each continent (including the north and south poles).
He created the BEYOND 7/2 project with his fiance with the goal of accomplishing the Explorers Grand Slam quicker than the previous 192 day record. He was successful, completing the journey in just 139 days.
Now O’Brady is back for another world record attempt. One that will see him travel nearly 13,000 miles across the country – through five National Parks and over 25 State Parks and National Forests.
The 50 Highest Points are composed of the tallest mountain from each of the 50 United States. Only 273 people have completed the challenge that began in 1966.
41 days is the current record for climbing and hiking all 50 of the tallest peaks in the US including those in Alaska and Hawaii. Colin wants to slim that number down and complete the effort in just thirty.
Because O’Brady will be all over the U.S. and not in far off lands, it will actually be possible to see him or even provide a little aid along the way. His journey beings on June 28 when he starts his climb of Denali in Alaska. From there it’s a marathon of hiking, climbing and sleeping in the back of a van.