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COURTESY: COLIN OBRADY - Colin OBrady represents Portland atop Aconcagua in South America, part of his Explorers Grand Slam quest.Portland native Colin O’Brady has completed another step in the mountaineering feat called the Explorers Grand Slam — climbing the the highest peaks on all seven continents, and traversing to the North and South poles on skis.

O’Brady summited Aconcagua in Argentina (South America) on Jan. 31. It’s the tallest mountain (22,837 feet) outside of Asia. His publicist reports that O’Brady climbed solo, and was one week ahead of schedule for his Explorers Grand Slam world record attempt of five months.

He had reached the South Pole on Jan. 10, and then summited Mount Vinson on Antarctica on Jan. 17.

He’ll next climb Carstensz Pyramid in Oceania, followed by Mount Kilimanjaro (Africa) and Mount Elbrus (Europe) by the end of March. The rest of the Explorers Grand Slam: North Pole, Arctic Ocean, April; Mount Everest, Asia, May; Denali, North America, June.

For more: www.beyond72.com, and you can follow him on Twitter.

Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show

Here’s a reminder that the annual event featuring everything outdoors happens this week at the Expo Center. The details: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, Feb. 10-12, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive,

www.thesportshows.com, $12, $5 kids (ages 6-16), $18 two-day pass, $8 parking.

Highlights include the world’s only indoor steelhead river, a 50-foot water feature with pools, rocks, stumps, riverbank and obstacles, and stocked with steelhead; outdoor survival expert, Brett Stoffel, giving seminars and tips; Roland Martin, legendary angler from NBC Sports fame; camp cooking demonstrations with Herb Good.

Hardwicke coming

The Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest) is coming up March 3-6 at the Hollywood Theatre, and the guest of honor is award-winning director and gender equality advocate Catherine Hardwicke.

Hardwicke’s direction of the film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s novel “Twilight” launched the worldwide blockbuster franchise, which has made her one of the most successful women film directors, commercially.

“Catherine Hardwicke’s strong voice and willingness to step publicly into Hollywood’s gender discussion is something to celebrate,” says Tara Johnson-Medinger, POWFest executive director, in a news release. “Because of her, women are less fearful of being vocal as there has been a groundswell of support to amplify these voices. There is a revolution going on, and she is one of the women in the lead." For more: www.powfest.com.

‘The Voice’ finalist

Joshua Davis, a finalist on “The Voice,” will be performing at seven Portland schools this week, promoting art and music education, and in an Ethos Music Center benefit concert with an Ethos student rock band at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at Alberta Rose Theatre ($25 advance, $30 at door, $35 preferred seating, www.albertarosetheatre.com).

Portland Ballet moves

The Portland Ballet has announced that it has received $125,000 in new grants, reported a 30-percent increase in students enrolled at its redesigned and expanded studios in Hillsdale and named three new board members: Inessa Anderson, former dancer and radio personality with KINK-FM; Kathi Martuza, former OBT principal dancer; Melissa Peterman, former OBT board member and chair in 2010-11. They join Peter Muhlbach, Mary Muhlbach, Lynn Stafford, Susan Hess Logeais and Jim Lane.