Are You Ready to Live Your Best Life?

A new mindset. A life-changing experience. An opportunity to grow.

Are You Ready to Live Your Best Life?

A new mindset. A life-changing experience. An opportunity to grow.

Invest One Day,
Your Best Life Awaits

A breakthrough challenge for anyone.
12 hours, unplugged, by yourself.
No training necessary. No cost.

The 12-Hour Walk invites you to take a transformative one day journey. An eye-opening experience to conquer your mind and unlock life’s limitless possibilities.

The 12-Hour Walk book cover
iPhone with 12-Hour Walk app and map
The 12-Hour Walk book cover

Invest One Day, Your Best Life Awaits

A breakthrough challenge for anyone.
12 hours, unplugged, by yourself.
No training necessary. No cost.

The 12-Hour Walk invites you to take a transformative one day journey. An eye-opening experience to conquer your mind and unlock life’s limitless possibilities.

iPhone with 12-Hour Walk app and map

Colin O’Brady is a 10-time world record breaking explorer, New York Times Bestselling author and entrepreneur.

He’s a world-renowned expert on mindset who has worked with the biggest brands and brightest minds including Nike, Google, Amazon, JPMorgan, Harvard, and Yale. From overcoming a severe burn injury that left him nearly unable to walk to becoming the first person to cross Antarctica solo, unsupported and fully-human powered, rowing a boat across the treacherous Drake Passage, and summiting Mount Everest twice, Colin knows firsthand how to harness the power of the mind. Colin created The 12-Hour Walk for you so that you can overcome your limiting beliefs and cultivate a Possible Mindset™ that will empower you to step into your best life.

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What is The 12-Hour Walk?

Join me on October 5, 2024

Let’s walk alone, together on Global Walk Day.

The 12-Hour Walk can be taken on any day, but on October 5th I’m inviting global participation so we can harness our collective energy and step into our best lives together.

Join me on October 5, 2024

Let’s walk alone, together on Global Walk Day.

The 12-Hour Walk can be taken on any day, but on October 5th I’m inviting global participation so we can harness our collective energy and step into our best lives together.

Possible Mindset™

an empowered way of thinking that unlocks a life of limitless possibilities.

The 12-Hour Walk was developed as a one day prescription to eliminate your limiting beliefs and prove to you that you have the power to shift to a Possible Mindset™ to achieve anything.

Limiting Beliefs Before Your Walk
Possible Mindset™ After Your Walk

Ready to transform your limiting beliefs into a Possible Mindset™?

Your walk. Your pace. Your goals.

Your 12-Hour Walk is just that: yours.
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Commit

Choose a day for your walk and put it on your calendar. Don’t move it! Your journey starts with keeping a single promise to yourself.

Record

Take a short video and set an intention—how you hope this walk will help you improve your mindset and live your best life.

Unplug

Set your phone to airplane mode on your walk. No texts, music, podcasts, social media, or alerts. Access maps and timers through the 12-Hour Walk app and forget the rest.

iPhone with 12-Hour Walk app and map

Walk

Walk out your front door and stay out for 12 hours, alone, in silence. Streets, trails, beaches or city sidewalks—choose the route that speaks to you.

Rest

Listen to your body and take breaks as often as you like, for as long as you need. The 12-Hour Walk isn’t a race. It doesn’t matter if you walk one mile or fifty.

Reflect

Take another video when you finish to reflect on the mental marathon you’ve just completed. How do you feel? What did you discover? What do you now feel capable of with your Possible Mindset™?

Track your walk in the app to become an official finisher.
FINISHER

The 12-Hour Walk Finishers' Club keeps the momentum going.

Connect with the global community of like-minded people who now possess a Possible Mindset™ and gain exclusive access to additional resources, events, and meet-ups led by Colin O’Brady.

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The 12-Hour Walk logo
Featuring life lessons from explorer, endurance athlete, and entrepreneur Colin O’Brady—whose adventures in such extreme places as Antarctica and the perilous Drake Passage and on the peaks of Mount Everest and K2 have seen him establish ten world records—this book’s vivid narrative and powerful insight will show you how you can embark on your own life-changing journey.

Get unlimited access to exclusive inspirational video content.

Make the most out of your 12-Hour Walk with motivational, heart-pounding, action-packed footage that illuminates the adventure stories and lessons from the book.

The 12-Hour Walk is for you if:

You want to sharpen your edge, professionally, personally, or spiritually

You want to dismantle what’s been holding you back and start living the life you want

You’re wrestling with a big decision or major life change

You feel stuck in your relationships, career, or overall mindset and need a reset

You want to feel better, find clarity, and make confident decisions that align with your gut and heart

You’ve given up on your biggest dreams– and want them back

You know life has more to offer and you’re ready for a change

You don’t think you have what it takes to finish the 12-Hour Walk (surprise, you do!)

Your best life is just one walk away

Register Your Walk

Committing to your walk date is the first step toward conquering your mind and unlocking your best life.

Frequently Asked Questions

The short answer is: No.

The 12-Hour Walk is meant to meet you exactly where you’re
at today. It’s not a race. There’s no extra credit handed out for going farther or faster. Listen to your body and take as many breaks as you need throughout the day. The goal isn’t to injure yourself.

It doesn’t matter if you walk one mile or fifty, as long as you set aside the full twelve hours and walk as much as you can while maintaining your silence. Do that and you’ll reap the benefits of completing the Walk.

Will this test you physically? Yes. But as I taught you earlier, the 12-Hour Walk is really about training your mind.

Safety is of the utmost priority on the Walk. 

A few tips:

  • Wear brightly colored clothing.
  • Bring a headlamp and spare batteries.
  • Bring your phone but keep it on airplane mode. Use it only in
    case of emergency.
  • Tell a family member or friend your general planned route and
    projected return time.
  • Carry some spare cash, just in case.
  • Avoid highly trafficked roads with no shoulder.
  • Sidewalks and
    trails are the safest options.
  • If you’re walking on a road without a sidewalk, walk on the
    left side—if you’re in a country where motorists drive on the right—so you can see oncoming cars. The opposite is true in the UK, Australia, or other left-side-driving countries.

I highly recommend starting from your front door and walking nearby your home. It’s more grounding and will help you implement your Possible Mindset into your daily life.

The 12-Hour Walk is designed to be as accessible as possible. There are no set requirements regarding where you choose to walk. Don’t let waiting to be on a vacation in a picturesque location be the excuse for not putting your Walk on the calendar now.

If you live in a bustling city, that’s okay, the Walk doesn’t require a rural or remote setting. City noise and passing pedestrians don’t negate your personal commitment to solitude and silence. As long as you’re walking alone without actively engaging with others, you’re upholding the guidelines.

This is not required, but highly recommended. I find a small backpack comes in handy for carrying food, water, safety essentials, and extra layers depending on temperature and climate. It’s best to plan ahead and bring what you’ll need with you to remain self-supported for the full 12 hours.

While everyone’s feet are different, the key is to wear comfortable shoes that won’t give you blisters. It’s best to avoid brand new shoes, if possible. I generally recommend a pair of running shoes or light trail shoes that you’ve worn before. If your feet are prone to getting blisters, tape your heels or toes as a preventative measure before setting out. Also, changing into a fresh pair of socks around the halfway point can be a welcome reward and stave off any irritations.

First and foremost, hydration is key and that begins prior to your Walk Day. Make sure you wake up well hydrated and bring electrolytes with you to stay hydrated throughout the day.

As for food, it’s important to keep your body fueled throughout the day. It’s best to eat a balanced and healthy breakfast that morning of your Walk. Before a big day, I like to eat things like eggs, oatmeal with berries, fresh fruit, and a plant-based protein smoothie. Stick with foods you know sit well with you; best to avoid anything new. Starting the day off with a healthy breakfast will set you up for success.

During your 12-Hour Walk itself, bring snacks with you to ensure you sustain your energy. I favor snacks like healthy nutrition bars, dried fruits and nuts. It’s better to eat a little bit every forty-five minutes or so, then to eat one large meal in the middle of the day. That said, I like to pack a sandwich as a treat to look forward to at the halfway point. If you’ll be passing by a gas station or a store during the Walk, you can always buy a snack en route in the event you run out. But remember to limit your interactions with others. For this reason, I recommend packing enough food and water for the entire day.

If you’re walking around a city or town, many gas stations, coffee shops or restaurants are reliable places to duck into to use the bathroom. Public parks or trailheads often have restrooms as well. I can’t recommend breaking the law, but I’ve been known to discreetly “nature pee” a time or two in remote or rural environments. Use your best judgment. Since hydration is key to sustaining the full 12 hours, plan on needing to use the bathroom a few times throughout the day and consider this when planning your route. I always tuck a few pieces of toilet paper into my backpack just in case.

The 12-Hour Walk is designed to be taken by yourself. Alone and solo, no exceptions. However, if accountability helps you commit and execute, I highly recommend inviting a friend or family member to walk on the same day as you. You can individually leave from your respective homes on the same day, at the same time, and then at the end of the day you can check in with one another and share your separate experiences. And, throughout the year, I’ll be organizing large group participation Walk days. So, if you want to be among an energetic global community of 12-Hour Walkers, keep an eye out for announcements on the mass participation days. The first one will be September 10th 2022.

I love my furry friends as much as you, but the Walk is meant to be taken alone with no distractions, no responsibilities. Leave your pets at home, they’ll be excited to greet you at the door when you return after completing the 12-Hour Walk.

Absolutely! In fact, I highly recommend it. Just like other mental exercises like meditation, the 12-Hour Walk is an evergreen tool to enhance your mindset. Anytime you need a reset, pick a new date and put the Walk on your calendar. Personally, I like to complete the 12-Hour Walk once per quarter (4 times per year) as a way to remain balanced and continue to strengthen my mind.

The Origin Story:

The idea for the 12-Hour Walk came to me in 2020 during COVID lockdown, at a point when I’d lost purpose and direction. I thought back to my 2018 solo trek across Antarctica, where I walked 12 hours each day for 54 days straight to complete the crossing. Despite the harshness of the landscape and extreme solitude, I experienced many moments of deep flow, clarity, and fulfillment.

During lockdown I was eager to rediscover that inner strength. On a whim I decided to go on a long walk near my family’s house on the Oregon Coast. I put my phone on airplane mode and set out with no specific destination in mind.

12 hours later, I came home a different person than when I'd left.

Being unplugged and untethered gave me the space to examine my limiting beliefs and reorient to living my best life. Shifting my mindset was the key.

The lesson? You don’t have to walk 932 miles across Antarctica to experience the transformative power of spending a single day with yourself, walking alone in silence.

The 12-Hour Walk is for everyone.

Since that coastal walk, I wrote The 12-Hour Walk and I’ve shared the life-changing experience of The Walk with people all over the world; people of all ages, fitness levels, abilities, and circumstances. The one thing they all have in common is that they arrive at the finish line in a much better place than when they started.

I’m with you every step of the way.

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