Find the right people
For the right trip
At the right time
Never have to solo!
Hello, this is Brandon Briscoe, the founder and CEO of Linkup Point. In the spring of 2019, I was skiing Colorado 14ers every weekend and avidly looking for ski mountaineering partners. Despite having a network of athletic friends, living in Colorado Springs at the foot of Pikes Peak, and having connections to my hometown of Aspen, I ended up breaking the backcountry rules and skiing peaks solo on many weekends. This was not my preference, and not ideal, but I did what I needed to when the coordination didn’t work out. I was training to climb Denali in Alaska later that spring and I was trying to take my backcountry skiing to the next level. I needed to find the right people, with the right expertise, with the right gear, and with the availability and willingness to do it on specific dates in specific places. I’m also an avid martial arts practitioner and instructor and once again, I found it difficult to find the right people to train with and teach. I’ve talked to innumerable people over the years that have expressed similar frustrations with finding sport partners, or for getting into sports like climbing that require a high level of skill, experience, and equipment.
Many sports and recreational activities require two things in common – technical skills, and partners. Other sports might not require it, but might be safer, more enjoyable, and create more opportunities for learning, with others to enjoy it with. I decided to found Linkup Point as the solution to finding partners, friends, mentors, guides, and pros in order to make any sport or recreational pursuit easier to participate in and develop in. The goal is to make Linkup Point the web and mobile hub for sports and recreation. And for those that would like to pay for a guide service or instruction, how about an organized service marketplace where you can compare amateur and professional service offerings to find the right solution for you, in the sport or activity of your choice. And for professionals, how about terms that make sense to you for offering your services. While we’re at it, how about an organized second-hand gear market to make finding very specific gear an easier task – we’ll make it organized and efficient to find the right gear quickly.
The Company and People
Linkup Point was born September of 2020 on a porch in Colorado Springs, Colorado where I often peered up at Pikes Peak daydreaming of mountain objectives complete with extreme skiing, climbing, hiking, camping, and flying, but the flying part was mostly just dreaming – jetpacks have to get better and I don’t skydive yet. I’m an MIT alum, veteran army sapper ranger captain, and Aspen, CO native, who has a passion for sports, technology, and the great outdoors. I grew up ski racing, backcountry skiing, hiking, climbing, shooting, hunting, camping, and competing in martial arts. The Linkup Point team overall is united by a passion for technology, sports, the great outdoors, and making the world a better place. Brandon took the top cover photo from the summit of Denali in Alaska in 2019.
The Name and Logo
Linkup Point in military doctrine is: The point where two infiltrating elements are scheduled to meet to consolidate before proceeding on with their missions. That means different elements start out separately and move into enemy territory but then meet up at a pre-planned time and place to continue a mission together – that’s what were all about here at Linkup Point for the sports and recreation world. Bringing people together in pursuit of sports and recreation objectives and helping to make that effort more efficient and effective.
Brandon was an army sapper ranger captain so Linkup Point was the perfect name for a sports and recreation platform aiming to connect people. The logo is the vision of a mountain range with a prominent mountain objective in the distance – reflected across the water creating a new shape, which is the compass rose that directs you onto your objective.