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World renowned climber from Portland shares experiences with local students

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He climbed the tallest peak on each of the seven continents, breaking two world records in the process, and now, Colin O'Brady is back home in Portland and using his experience to inspire others.

O'Brady is back home after becoming the fastest person ever to complete the explorers grand slam in just 139 days. That means he climbed seven summits and skied the last degree to the North and South Poles in an uninterrupted succession.

Fewer than 50 people have ever done this, and only four in under a year. O'Brady did it in less than six months.

This even after recovering from a tragic accidents years ago, where O'Brady was severely burned in a fire. His injuries covered nearly 25 percent of his body, primarily damaging his legs and feet.

O'Brady said he did it all to raise awareness for childhood obesity and to inspire children, like students at Hearthwood Elementary, to never give up.

Hearthwood Elementary in Vancouver was the first school O'Brady ever spoke at back in November before his journey, and once he left, he stayed in touch with students.

On Wednesday, O'Brady came back to share his experience with the kids.

O'Brady said some students even sent him videos to encourage him along the way. Videos he said made all the difference to him while he was out summiting the world's tallest mountains.

"The inspiration is these guys, it's the kids. I've been a professional endurance athlete for many years so I've always loved to push my body, see my own personal limits. But I decided it was time to do something that had a greater platform, to give back to the community, hopefully be a role model or inspiration for health, well-being."

O'Brady said the past couple of weeks has been a whirlwind for him. He's tired but in good health and happy to be back. He plans to continue to speak at local schools when he can.

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