Colin O'Brady is a world record holding explorer whose feats include the world's first solo, unsupported, and human-powered crossing of Antarctica, speed records for the Explorers Grand Slam and the Seven Summits, and reaching the highest point in all fifty US states in a record-breaking twenty-one days. He and a crew became the world's first team to row a boat across the treacherous Drake Passage from South America to Antarctica. A Yale graduate, he is a renowned speaker and expert on mindset whose work has inspired millions. Through his nonprofit Beyond 7/2, he uses his expeditions to motivate young people to live active, healthy lives and pursue their biggest dreams. Native of the Pacific Northwest, he now lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with his wife, Jenna Besaw, and dog, Jack. Engage with Colin and his new adventures on social media @ColinOBrady and find out more at ColinOBrady.com.
New York Times Bestseller
An Amazon Best Books of the Year Pick
"An incredibly engaging and well-written account of one man's quest to cross the world's harshest and most barren continent unassisted . . . you care as much about the man as the mission."
-The Wall Street Journal
"O'Brady is a confident, crafty storyteller...This inner saga works hand in hand with the physical challenges to make for a full tapestry of remarkable experience. A brutally sublime tale of derring-do that transports as well as teaches."
"Harrowing... An unforgettable memoir of perseverance, survival, daring to dream big, and showing the world how to make the impossible possible."
-Booklist (Starred Review)
"A jaw-dropping tale of passion and perseverance...If your dreams sometimes seem beset by doubts in equal measure, read this book. It will tip the balance."
-Angela Duckworth, author of Grit
"Colin O'Brady's amazing adventure is well-written and a fast read. But hang on to it after you finish. On down days go back to the book. It will pick up your spirits dramatically."
-Phil Knight, founder of Nike, Inc., and author of Shoe Dog
"Suspenseful, soul-searching, and at times metaphysical as O'Brady endures an endless sheet of white and ice...The book is a testament to the human soul and the amazing feats we can accomplish with training, willpower, and the singular resilience of the mind. You will learn from and be inspired by it."
-Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights
"A page-turning story of adventure that goes so much deeper. Colin's relationship with his wife, Jenna, is explored through a powerfully vulnerable and honest lens. Anyone looking for a story of both grit and love will find it here."
-Rachel Hollis, author of Girl, Wash Your Face
"Impossible to put down. Fans of adventure narratives will love this astounding, triumphant journey. O'Brady's story deserves a place in the annals of human endurance and survival."
-Doug Stanton, author of In Harm's Way and Horse Soldiers
"O'Brady delivers a master class in overcoming the unthinkable, demonstrating the critical role that presence, gratitude, and relationships play in making any dream a reality."
-Rich Roll, author of Finding Ultra
"An irresistible read, The Impossible First asks one urgent question: With the right mindset, what is each of us capable of?"
-Wim Hof, creator of the Wim Hof Method
"Thrilling. Moving. Astonishing. The Impossible First takes you past the limits of what's possible, revealing the inner potential in all of us. Colin shows us that greatness isn't about the achievements of life, it's about how you get there and with who. This isn't simply an adventure story, it's a story about the human experience."
-Lewis Howes, author of The School of Greatness
"The body-breaking physical trials Colin endured and his mind-expanding, spiritual experiences are described here in an epic tale of adventure and discovery."
-Paul Simon, Grammy Award-winning songwriter
"Colin O'Brady's world-first accomplishment in solo crossing Antarctica is a triumph of lasting importance, and The Impossible First, his narrative of how it all unfolded, is an adventure classic...Colin's voice and vulnerability are bound to spark a connection in anyone who picks up this phenomenal book."
-Aron Ralston, author of Between a Rock and a Hard Place