Basic Info

First Name

Brandon

Last Name

Briscoe

Username

Brandon.Briscoe

Profile Type

Professional Member

Overview

Location

Colorado Springs, CO 80904, USA

Gender

Male

Age

35

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. Please let me know if you have comments or 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, climber – rock, ice, and alpine, hiker, martial artist, fisherman, mountain biker, shooter, scuba diver, snorkeler, and mountain biker among many others. 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 Captain and I apply that ethos to furthering the Linkup Point community and pushing limits out in the mountains.

Sports

Sports & Recreational Activities

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

Sports General

Professional Sport Teams or Organizations

Linkup Point

Professional Sport Sponsors

None

Clubs & Associations

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

General Accomplishments

Climbed: Denali AK, Rainier WA, Grand Teton WY, Mt. Washington NH, 23/54 CO 14ers skied and 21/54 hiked. Lead rock, ice, and alpine climber. Internationally ranked FIS Alpine ski racer – competed around North and South America and Europe. Numerous martial arts competition 1st place forms and sparring finishes and the rank of Black Sash in White Phéonix Gung Fu.

Overall Fitness Level

High

Medical Certifications

WFA Wilderness First Aid, Military First Aid

Availability for Sports & Rec

Flexible

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

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, Organizer, Trip Leader

Courses Completed

Alpine Ascents 14 day Alaska Mountaineering Course, San Juan Mountain Guides Alpine Ice, CMC High Altitude Mountaineering School, CMC Technical Ice Lead

Accomplishments

Former internationally ranked FIS ski racer. Colorado 14ers skied 23/54: Elbert (Box Couloir), Massive, Blanca, La Plata (N Couloirs), Crestone Peak (South Face Red Couloir), Grays, Torreys (Dead Dog Couloir), Castle (N Couloir), Quandary, Longs (Keplinger’s Couloir), Shavano, Belford, Kit Carson (S. Couloir), Maroon (Bell Cord Couloir), Sneffels (Snake Couloir), Democrat (S Face Couloirs), Pikes Peak (Y Couloir), Snowmass, Missouri, Humboldt, Bierstadt, Wilson, Holy Cross. Other notables in Colorado include Cathedral Peak Pearl Couloir, Grizzly Peak A (North Couloir), Buffalo Mt. (Silver Couloir), Sopris (Thomas Bowl). In Wyoming: Teton Pass – Taylor Mountain. In NM: Wheeler Peak.

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.

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 22 of 54 Colorado 14ers, Gannett Peak WY, Middle Teton WY, Mt. Borah ID, Mt. Washington NH, Kings Peak UT, Wheeler Peak NM, the Maroon Traverse, and the Little Bear Blanca traverse.

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)

4

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

Mentor, Organizer, Trip Leader

Courses Completed

San Juan Mountain Guides Alpine Ice, Alpine Ascents Alaska 14 day Mountaineering Course, CMC Technical Ice Lead

Accomplishments

Led Avocado Gully in Redstone – a multipitch backcountry WI3/4 route.

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

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)

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

Courses Completed

Alpine Ascents 14 day Alaska Mountaineering Course, San Juan Mountain Guides 4 day Alpine Ice, CMC High Altitude Mountaineer School, CMC Technical Ice Lead

Accomplishments

Denali AK (West Buttress), Mt Rainier WA (DC), Grand Teton WY (Upper Exum Ridge), Gannett Peak WY, Crestone Needle CO (Ellingwood Ledges/Arete), Capitol Peak CO, Mt Washington NH winter and summer ascent, the Maroon Bells and Maroon Traverse CO, the Little Bear Blanca Traverse CO, 34/54 CO 14ers.

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)

4

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

Grand Teton WY – Upper Exum Ridge route (5.5 Trad follow).

Crestone Needle CO – Northeast Arete Ellingwood Ledges  (5.7 Trad follow).

Baxter Pinnacle, Jackson Hole WY – South Ridge (5.9+ Trad follow).

Red Rocks NV, Tunnel Vision (5.7 Trad follow).

Flatirons CO, First Flatiron Direct East Face (5.6R Trad).

Garden of the Gods CO, Montezuma Tower North Ridge (5.7 Trad lead).

Garden of the Gods CO, New Era (II 5.7 Trad lead).

Elevenmile Canyon CO, The Staircase, Guide’s Route, Schooldaze (5.5-5.7+ Trad lead)

Black Canyon CO, Maiden Voyage (5.9- Trad follow/lead), Casually Off-Route (5.9 Trad follow/lead), King Me (5.10a Trad follow)

Vedauwoo, WY Edwards Crack (5.7 Trad lead)

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.

Spearfishing

Styles

Shore, Snorkel, Shallow, Speargun band, Ocean

Skill

Beginner

Fitness

Medium

Experience (Cumulative Years)

1

Trip Duration & Type

Day Trips

Surfing

Styles

Knee High, Waist High, Head High, Longboard, Shortboard, Shore, Reef

Skill

Intermediate

Fitness

Medium

Experience (Cumulative Years)

1

Trip Duration & Type

Day Trips

Accomplishments

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