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First Name

Brandon

Last Name

Briscoe

Username

Brandon.Briscoe

Profile Type

Recreational Member

Overview

Location

Colorado Springs, CO 80904, USA

Age

33

Gender

Male

About

Hello Linkup Point community! I’m the guy who started this adventure. I hope it provides value to you as a useful tool to accelerate your sports and recreation pursuits, and gives you a positive community to be a part of – linking the digital world with the real world in a meaningful and productive way. Let me know if you have comments and suggestions to make this place better! I look forward to seeing the great things you do here and out there!

 

Personally, I’m an avid mountaineer, ski mountaineer, martial artist, hiker, climber – rock, ice, and alpine, shooter, fisherman, scuba diver, and I have so many other pursuits, there’s just not enough time in the world for me to do as much as I would like. Basically, I’m an adventurer. I’m passionate about the natural world, technology, science, making the world a better place, and my faith and values. I’m also a former Army Ranger Sapper and I’ll fight on to the Ranger objective building the Linkup Point community and out in the mountains pushing limits.

Sports

Sports & Recreational Activities

Backcountry Skiing, Hiking, Ice Climbing, Martial Arts, Mountaineering, Rock Climbing, Scuba Diving, Canyoneering, Shooting, Fly Fishing, Kayaking, Skiing, Snorkeling, Cycling, Mountain Biking, Surfing, Snowshoeing, Camping

Sports General

Clubs & Associations

Colorado Mountain Club (CMC), American Alpine Club (AAC), White Phéonix Gung Fu Academies (Chinese Martial Arts)

General Accomplishments

Climbed: Denali/Mt. McKinley AK, Rainier WA, Mt. Washington NH, 15/53 CO 14ers skied and 9/53 hiked. Numerous martial arts competition 1st place forms and sparring finishes and the rank of Black Sash in White Phéonix Gung Fu. Colorado All State ski racer and competed around North and South America and Europe.

Overall Fitness Level

High

Medical Certifications

WFA Wilderness First Aid, Military First Aid

Availability for Sports & Rec

Flexible

Backcountry Skiing

Styles

Freeride, Alpine Touring, Ski Mountaineering

Skill

Expert

Fitness

High

Experience (Cumulative Years)

10

Trip Duration & Type

Day Trips, Multi-Day, Car Camping, Hut Trips, Camping, Expeditions

Certifications

AIARE Avalanche Level 1, AIARE Avalanche Rescue, AIARE Avalanche Level 2

Competitive Amateur and Volunteer

Mentor, Trip Leader

Courses Completed

Alpine Ascents 14 day Alaska Mountaineering Course, San Juan Mountain Guides 4 day Alpine Ice seminar.

Accomplishments

Colorado 14ers skied include: Elbert, Castle, Quandary, Longs, Sneffels, Pikes Peak, Humboldt, Bierstadt, Wilson Peak, Holy Cross, Torreys Peak. Other notables in Colorado include Cathedral Peak Pearl Couloir and Buffalo Mt. Silver Couloir. In Wyoming: Taylor Mountain.

Camping

Styles

Accessible, Backcountry, Remote, Winter Camping, Mountaineering Style, Open Air, Bivy, Tent, Car/Truck

Experience (Cumulative Years)

30

Accomplishments

Camping is not the objective for me – it’s a fun necessity for multi-day trips.

Canyoneering

Styles

Non-Technical Class 1, Non-Technical Class 2, Technical Class 3, Dry Class A, Wet Class B, Wet Class C

Skill

Novice

Fitness

High

Experience (Cumulative Years)

1

Trip Duration & Type

Day Trips, Multi-Day, Camping

Accomplishments

I’ve done some dry, wet, technical, and non-technical canyoneering in the distant past with guides and trip leaders. I would like to learn more about technical canyoneering and be able to lead my own technical trips.

Cycling

Styles

Short, Medium (20mi+), Long (50mi+)

Skill

Intermediate

Fitness

High

Experience (Cumulative Years)

1

Trip Duration & Type

Day Trips

Accomplishments

Completed a 50 mile race in Tennessee.

Fly Fishing

Styles

Shore, Stream, River, Lake, Alpine

Skill

Novice

Fitness

High

Experience (Cumulative Years)

1

Trip Duration & Type

Day Trips, Multi-Day, Camping

Accomplishments

Started fly fishing in alpine lakes at the foot of Colorado 14ers while on backpacking trips. Looking to fish more streams, rivers, and lakes this summer. New to the sport, much to learn.

Hiking

Styles

Moderate Days (5mi+), Long Days (15mi+), Moderate Mtn Days (3000ft+), Moderate Trips (10mi+), Long Trips (30mi+), Peak Hiking Class 1, Peak Scrambling Class 2, Peak Scrambling Class 3, Peak Climbing Class 4, Alpine Style (fast/high/light), High Altitude (14000ft+), Extreme High Altitude (18000ft+), Backpacking

Skill

Expert

Fitness

High

Experience (Cumulative Years)

28

Trip Duration & Type

Day Trips, Multi-Day, Car Camping, Backpacking

Competitive Amateur & Volunteer

Organizer, Trip Leader

Courses Completed

Colorado Mountain Club Trip Leader Training

Accomplishments

Hiked 9 of 54 Colorado 14ers, Mt. Borah ID, Mt. Washington NH, and Kings Peak, UT.

Ice Climbing

Styles

Backcountry Ice, Ice Parks, Waterfall Ice Lead, Waterfall Ice Follow, Mixed Climbing Follow, Alpine Ice Lead, Alpine Ice Follow, Toprope, Single Pitch, Multi-Pitch

Skill

WI 5

Fitness

High

Experience (Cumulative Years)

2

Trip Duration & Type

Day Trips, Multi-Day, Car Camping, Camping

Certifications

AIARE Avalanche Level 1, AIARE Avalanche Rescue, AIARE Avalanche Level 2

Competitive Amateur & Volunteer

Organizer, Trip Leader

Courses Completed

San Juan Mountain Guides Alpine Ice 4 day Seminar. Alpine Ascents Alaska 14 day Mountaineering Course.

Accomplishments

Multipitch alpine ice in the Ouray Backcountry (follow).

Kayaking

Styles

River Class I, Whitewater, Whitewater Class II-III, Sea/Coastal, Sea/Coastal Open Water, Surf, Short Distance, Medium Distance, Solo K1, Kayak Fishing, Kayak Fly Fishing

Skill

Intermediate

Fitness

Medium

Experience (Cumulative Years)

1

Trip Duration & Type

Day trips, Multi-Day, Camping

Accomplishments

Numerous coastal and open water sea kayaking camping trips to islands in Alaska, Maine, and Georgia. Beginner whitewater kayaking in Colorado and Georgia. Beginner roller in whitewater and sea kayaks.

Martial Arts

Styles

Traditional, Forms, Sparring, External (Hard), Internal (Soft), Traditional Weapons, Modern Weapons, Asian, Chinese, Kung Fu/Wushu, Tai Chi, Sanshou/Sanda, Qigong

Skill

Expert

Fitness

High

Experience (Cumulative Years)

10

Certifications

Black Sash in White Phéonix gung fu/wushu (Biy Fung Wong Pai)

Competitive Amateur & Volunteer

Instructor, Mentor, Organizer, Former Competitive Athlete

Courses Completed

Many White Phéonix seminars

Accomplishments

Black Sash level (Advanced) in White Phéonix gung fu/wushu (Biy Fung Wong Pai) – a traditional Shaolin based Chinese martial art that continues to be updated, expanded, and refined. The style is both external (hard) and internal (soft), with southern and northern Chinese influences, but considered southern, and with root animal style influences. The style is a complete hybrid master style and is practiced with forms, sparring, Sanshou, weapons, Qigong, Chi Sao, Tuishou (push hands), and training aids such as the wooden dummy and bag. http://www.whitepheonix.com http://www.wpoacademy.com

 

1st Place Full Contact Sparring and Forms – Aloha World Cup Martial Arts Competition, Honolulu, HI 2006

1st Place Forms – West America International Martial Arts Tournament, Oakland, CO 2005

2nd Place Forms – Jamaican Open Karate Tournament, Kingston Jamaica 2005

U.S. National Martial Arts Team member for international competition 2005-06

 

Mountain Biking

Styles

Cross Country, Enduro, Downhill

Skill

Intermediate

Fitness

Medium

Experience (Cumulative Years)

8

Trip Duration & Type

Day Trips

Mountaineering

Styles

Peak Climbing Class 4, Alpine Climbing, Glacier Travel, Winter Mountaineering, Altitude (14,000ft+), High Altitude (20,000ft+), Expedition

Skill

Advanced

Fitness

High

Experience (Cumulative Years)

5

Trip Duration & Type

Day Trips, Multi-Day, Car Camping, Hut Trips, Camping, Expeditions

Certifications

AIARE Avalanche Level 1, AIARE Avalanche Rescue, AIARE Avalanche Level 2

Courses Completed

Alpine Ascents 14 day Alaska Mountaineering Course, San Juan Mountain Guides 4 day Alpine Ice Seminar

Accomplishments

Denali AK, Mt Rainier WA, Crestone Needle CO via Ellingwood Ledges/Arete, Capitol Peak CO, Mt Washington NH winter ascent.

Rock Climbing

Styles

Outdoor/Natural, Climbing Gym, Crag, Backcountry, Alpine, Sport Lead, Sport Follow, Trad Lead, Trad Follow, Top Rope, Single Pitch, Multi-Pitch, Crack

Skill

5.11a

Fitness

High

Experience (Cumulative Years)

2

Trip Duration & Type

Day Trips, Multi-Day, Car Camping, Camping

Certifications

None

Competitive Amateur and Volunteer

Mentor, Trip Leader

Courses Completed

Colorado Mountain Club CMC: Basic Anchors, Trad Anchors, Sport Lead, Trad Lead, Self Rescue, Intermediate Self Rescue, Trip Leader.

Accomplishments

Crestone Needle 14,197′, Colorado – Northeast Arete Ellingwood Ledges – 5.7 Trad Multipitch, 5 pitches with interspersed class 3 and 4 scrambling, Grade III.

Cat in the Hat, Red Rocks Nevada – 5.6 Trad Multipitch, 6 pitches, Grade II.

Tunnel Vision, Red Rocks Nevada – 5.7 Trad Multipitch, 6 pitches, Grade II.

Scuba Diving

Styles

Shallow, Deep (60ft/18m+), Ocean, Lake / Freshwater, Tropical, Temperate, Shore, Boat, Wreck, Enriched Air

Skill

Intermediate

Fitness

High

Experience (Cumulative Years)

1

Trip Duration & Type

Day Trips

Certifications

Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, Deep Diver, Enriched Air, Wreck, Boat, Underwater Navigator, Peak Performance Buoyancy

Courses Completed

Padi Open Water Diver, Padi Advanced Open Water Diver, Padi Enriched Air Diver

Accomplishments

Recreational dives in Hawaii, Cayman Islands, Key West, and Puerto Rico. Would like to get into technical deep diving, dry suit diving, and more scuba spearfishing.

Shooting

Styles

Pistol, Large Bore Rifle, Assault Rifle, Shotgun, Standing, Kneeling, Prone, Moving, Tactical/Practical Pistol, Tactical/Practical Rifle, Tactical/Practical Shotgun, 3-Gun/Multi-Gun, Clays, Trap, Skeet, Five Stand, Sporting Clays, Short Range, Mid-Range (100yd+), Long Range (500yd+), Comp 3-Gun/Multi-Gun, Comp Tactical/Practical Pistol

Skill

Advanced

Fitness

High

Experience (Cumulative Years)

5

Competitive Amateur & Volunteer

Former Competitive Athlete

Accomplishments

Competed in 3-Gun and tactical/practical pistol competitions and used to shoot tactical pistol, rifle, short/medium/long range, and trap, skeet, and sporting clays regularly.

Skiing

Styles

Off-Piste, Sidecountry, Freeride, Heli Skiing

Skill

Expert (Extreme)

Fitness

High

Experience (Cumulative Years)

30

Trip Duration & Type

Day Trips, Multi-Day, Car Camping, Hut Trips, Camping, Camping, Camping

Certifications

AIARE Avalanche Level 1, AIARE Avalanche Rescue, AIARE Avalanche Level 2

Competitive Amateur & Volunteer

Former Competitive Athlete

Accomplishments

Grew up as a competitive alpine ski racer on the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club AVSC – racing in the USSA and FIS circuit in North America, South America, and Europe. Also a Colorado All State skier and captain of the Aspen High School Ski Team.

 

 

Snorkeling

Styles

Ocean, Tropical, Temperate, Bifin, Spearfishing

Skill

Advanced

Fitness

Medium

Experience (Cumulative Years)

5

Accomplishments

Snorkeling since childhood in Hawaii, Puerto Rico, California, and Florida among other places.

Snowshoeing

Styles

Moderate Days (5mi+), Long Days (15mi+), Moderate Mtn Days (3000ft+), Long Mtn Days (6000ft+), Moderate Trips (10mi+), Long Trips (30mi+), Peaks Class 2, Peak Scrambling Class 3, Peak Climbing Class 4, Alpine Style (fast/high/light), High Altitude (14000ft+), Extreme High Altitude (18000ft+), Expeditions

Skill

Expert

Fitness

High

Experience (Cumulative Years)

3

Trip Duration & Type

Day trips, Multi-Day, Backpacking, Expeditions

Certifications

AIARE Avalanche Level 1, AIARE Avalanche Rescue, AIARE Avalanche Level 2

Accomplishments

Snowshoeing was a means for climbing Denali below 12,000ft, and for casual days around Aspen. I prefer to Ski.

Surfing

Styles

Knee High, Waist High, Head High, Overhead

Skill

Intermediate

Fitness

Medium

Experience (Cumulative Years)

1

Trip Duration & Type

Day Trips, Multi-Day, Car Camping, Camping

Accomplishments

Surfed in HI, CA, MA, RI, and Israel.

Personal

Work

Linkup Point

Hometown

Aspen, CO, USA

High School

Aspen High

College

MIT

Grad School

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Languages

English

Religion

Christian Evangelical, Christian Protestant, Christian Reformed

Political Views

Libertarian Conservative

Religious Organizations

Grace and Peace Church, Presbyterian Church in America (PCA)

Social, Philanthropic, Academic Clubs & Orgs

Sigma Chi Fraternity, Pershing Rifles Fraternity

Military, Law Enforcement, Veteran

Military Veteran, Army Veteran

Relationship Status

Single

Sexual Orientation

Straight

Favorite Quotes

Man’s chief and highest end is to glorify God, and fully to enjoy Him forever.

The Westminster Larger Catechism, Westminster Assembly, Westminster/London England – 1647

Contact Info

Website

http://www.linkup-point.com