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By: Laura Moss on Dec. 27, 2018, 12:16 p.m.
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Photo: Colin O'Brady (Beyond 72)

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Colin O'Brady

While there have been several explorers who have conquered Antarctica, Colin O'Brady is the first person to trek across the continent all by himself without any support or with any help from the wind. The epic journey took O'Brady 54 days to complete across 932 miles, and he pulled all his supplies on a dogsled that weighed nearly 375 pounds. During several long stretches, he battled near-blind conditions due to the snow. However, he didn't call it quits. During the final push to reach the end, O'Brady trekked 77.5 miles in 32 hours without taking a break to sleep.

"Something overcame me," O’Brady told The New York Times. "I didn’t listen to any music — just locked in, like I’m going until I’m done. It was profound, it was beautiful and it was an amazing way to finish."

You can learn more about how O'Brady trained for the journey by reading this in-depth story about his trek and watching the video below: