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The impossible first : from fire to ice--crossing Antarctica alone / Colin O'Brady.

O'Brady, Colin, (author.). Charles Scribner's Sons, (publisher.). Simon and Schuster, Inc., (publisher.).

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  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Detroit Lakes Public Library 919.8904 OBR (Text) 33500013195177 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library 919.8904 OBR (Text) 33500013195185 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781982133115
  • ISBN: 1982133112
  • Physical Description: xi, 279 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : map, color portraits and photographs ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2020.

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
The captain -- Frozen tears -- You are strong, you are capable -- The suggestion -- Commit to the break -- More hospital -- All in, all gone -- Ghost town -- Getting home -- The whiteboard -- The ripple effect -- Farthest south -- An inch from failure -- Put your boots back on -- Infinite love.
Summary, etc.:
Colin O'Brady's awe-inspiring memoir spans his triumphant recovery from a tragic accident to his gripping 932-mile solo crossing of Antarctica. Prior to December 2018, no individual had ever crossed the landmass of Antarctica alone, without support and completely human powered. Yet, Colin O'Brady was determined to do just that, even if, ten years earlier, there was doubt that he'd ever walk again normally. From the depths of a tragic accident, he fought his way back. In a quest to unlock his potential and discover what was possible, he went on to set three mountaineering world records before turning to this historic Antarctic challenge. O'Brady's pursuit of a goal that had eluded many others was made even more intense by a head-to-head battle that emerged with British polar explorer Captain Louis Rudd--also striving to be "the first." Enduring Antarctica's sub-zero temperatures and pulling a sled that initially weighed 375 pounds--in complete isolation and through a succession of whiteouts, storms, and a series of near disasters--O'Brady persevered. Alone with his thoughts for nearly two months in the vastness of the frozen continent--gripped by fear and doubt--he reflected on his past, seeking courage and inspiration in the relationships and experiences that had shaped his life. Honest, deeply moving, filled with moments of vulnerability--and set against the backdrop of some of the most extreme environments on earth, from Mt. Everest to Antarctica--The Impossible First reveals how anyone can reject limits, overcome immense obstacles, and discover what matters most.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 January #1
    *Starred Review* In 2018, O'Brady, an adventurer and endurance athlete from Portland, Oregon, became the first person to cross Antarctica alone, unassisted (no outside help), and unsupported (no resupplies). Pulling a sled brimming with supplies and gear, O'Brady took 54 days to achieve this epic accomplishment, covering 932 miles. Adding to the drama was the unexpected presence of another adventurer racing to achieve the same goal, British Army Captain Louis Rudd. In the course of recounting his harrowing trek, O'Brady also reflects on his life, first as the child of amicably divorced parents, then as a collegiate swimmer at Yale, and to his recovery from a freak accident in Thailand that severely burned his legs (a Thai doctor made the blunt assessment that he would not walk again). Defying odds, O'Brady surpassed expectations to become a professional triathlete and then to embark on various mountaineering challenges, including the Explorers Grand Slam (climbing the seven summits and reaching both North and South Poles). And there's romance, too, as he details the relationship with the love of his life, Jenna. An unforgettable memoir of perseverance, survival, daring to dream big, and showing the world how to make the impossible possible. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 January #1
    *Starred Review* In 2018, O'Brady, an adventurer and endurance athlete from Portland, Oregon, became the first person to cross Antarctica alone, unassisted (no outside help), and unsupported (no resupplies). Pulling a sled brimming with supplies and gear, O'Brady took 54 days to achieve this epic accomplishment, covering 932 miles. Adding to the drama was the unexpected presence of another adventurer racing to achieve the same goal, British Army Captain Louis Rudd. In the course of recounting his harrowing trek, O'Brady also reflects on his life, first as the child of amicably divorced parents, then as a collegiate swimmer at Yale, and to his recovery from a freak accident in Thailand that severely burned his legs (a Thai doctor made the blunt assessment that he would not walk again). Defying odds, O'Brady surpassed expectations to become a professional triathlete and then to embark on various mountaineering challenges, including the Explorers Grand Slam (climbing the seven summits and reaching both North and South Poles). And there's romance, too, as he details the relationship with the love of his life, Jenna. An unforgettable memoir of perseverance, survival, daring to dream big, and showing the world how to make the impossible possible. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: O'Brady, Colin > Travel > Antarctica > Biography.
Adventure and adventurers > Antarctica > Biography.
Athletes > Biography.
Endurance sports > Training > Biography.
Mountaineering > Biography.
Mountaineers > Biography.
Physical education and training > Biography.
Physical fitness > Biography.
Sports injuries > Biography.
Sports records > Biography.
Sports rivalries > Biography.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Adventurers & Explorers.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Survival.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs.
Antarctica > Description and travel > Biography.
Genre: Autobiographies.

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