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Colin O’Brady Becomes First Person to Cross Antarctica Solo: ‘I Accomplished My Goal’ – Health & Sports News

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“I did it!”

Those were the words of a teary-eyed Colin O’Brady, who became the first person in history to cross Antarctica alone and without any help. O’Brady, who’s from Portland, Oregon, began his 930-mile journey in November and completed the unbelievable test of human endurance on December 26, a 54-day journey.

O’Brady, 33, celebrated his victory with a post on Instagram, where he’s been sharing his journey.

“As I pulled my sled over this invisible line, I accomplished my goal: to become the first person in history to traverse the continent of Antarctica coast to coast solo, unsupported and unaided,” he wrote.

A post shared by Colin O’Brady (@colinobrady) on

The Final Push

In his final 32 hours, O’Brady did what he calls an “Antarctica Ultramarathon,” trekking 80 miles uphill before he finally stuck a wooden post into the Ross Ice Shelf, where Antarctica’s land mass ends and the sea ice begins.

“While the last 32 hours were some of the most challenging hours of my life, they have quite honestly been some of the best moments I have ever experienced,” he wrote on Instagram. “I was locked in a deep flow state the entire time, equally focused on the end goal, while allowing my mind to recount the profound lessons of this journey.”

The Impossible First

Nearly a century ago, Antarctica explorer Ernest Shackleton attempted to cross the continent on his own, but failed. In 2016, British explorer Henry Worsley was rescued within 30 miles of the finish line, but died in hospital after returning.

Experts had called the journey “impossible” because no human could carry enough food with the number of calories necessary to cross Antarctica. O’Brady managed to solve that problem by working with a supplement and nutrition company to invent food that would provide him the 8,000 daily calories necessary for the journey, according to Men’s Health.

Meanwhile, British army captain Lou Rudd, who started the same day as O’Brady, is still on the trek.

Supported, In a Way

But O’Brady was assisted, in a way.

At the finish line, he picked up his satellite phone and called his wife Jenna Besaw, who he says walked with him every step of the way.

“There is so much to process and integrate and there will be many more posts to acknowledge the incredible group of people who supported this project. But for now, I want to simply recognize my #1 who I, of course, called immediately upon finishing,” he wrote on Instagram. “I was never alone out there. @jennabesaw you walked every step with me and guided me with your courage and strength. WE DID IT!! We turned our dream into reality and proved that The Impossible First is indeed possible.”

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