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'Colin is saying, 'I did something everyone thought was impossible. People had been trying to do this for 100 years. A guy before me died trying.' Those were his words,' a reporter alleges. 'None of those things are true.'

INSTAGRAM VIA OPB - In December 2018, Colin O'Brady claimed to be the first person to successfully traverse Antarctica from coast-to-coast alone and without wind assistance. He documented much of the feat on his social media.Professional outdoor adventurer Colin O'Brady made international headlines when he claimed to be the first person to ski across Antarctica alone and unassisted. But the Portlander is now under scrutiny after National Geographic Magazine reported that important details of O'Brady's claims may have been exaggerated.

Aaron Teasdale's new article in National Geographic magazine looks deeper into the claims made by O'Brady in promoting the project and the subsequent book. Teasdale reports that "key details" in O'Brady's narrative of his journey "do not withstand scrutiny."

But O'Brady is standing by every word in his book. A response from his spokesperson said the National Geographic article is riddled with errors and inaccuracies.

In his book, on his website and in media appearances, O'Brady called his traverse an "impossible first." Teasdale disputes this claim. Teasdale said he interviewed many polar experts and none of them thought the route was impossible.

"In fact, they said the reason no one had done it before is because no one took it seriously," Teasdale said.

Click here to read the rest of the article by OPB, a news partner of the Portland Tribune.


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