Colin O'Brady

An Oregon man, Colin O’Brady, 33, of Portland, was the first to trek across the continent of Antarctica solo, with no outside assistance, and lived to tell the tale, AP reports.

On Dec. 26, he completed the 930-mile, 54-day uphill journey — which he dubbed “The Impossible First” — hauling a sled with 375 pounds of gear. For his journal, and photos, check out his Instagram page, instagram.com/colinobrady

From Day 49, after hiking 33.1 miles in 13 hours: “... We all have reservoirs of untapped potential and our bodies and spirits are capable of so much more than lies on the surface. Believe that the next time you need more strength than you think you have, it’s inside of you. I promise.” The photo shown accompanied the post.

On Day 53, he decided to make the final 80-miles in an “Antarctic Ultramarathon,” and he made it in a grueling 32 hours and 30 minutes. Instead of being exhausted, he was exhilarated. “... While the last 32 hours were some of the most challenging hours of my life,” he wrote, “they have quite honestly been some of the best moments I have ever experienced.”

“If The Impossible First taught me one thing,” he noted when his journey was over, “it is that nothing is out of reach if you dream it, and then more importantly, start taking action toward it.”

So, what is the intrepid adventurer dreaming of next? He hasn’t said yet. It should be noted, however, that among his accomplishments he’s already conquered seven summits, including Mount Everest.

Elleda Wilson is an editorial assistant for The Daily Astorian and author of the award-winning In One Ear community column. Contact her at 971-704-1718 or ewilson@dailyastorian.com.

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