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The Brotherhood Escort Is A Haunting Reminder Of the Power of the Mountains

Different things drive us into the mountains. For some, it’s a desire to escape. For others, it’s a desire to explore and push the limits. For some though, it’s about connecting with themselves in a way nothing else can provide. For two Navy SEALs, an attempt to traverse the entirety of Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo Range was a moment of reflection and connection with two fallen friends.

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After losing countless best friends in battle,  Josh Jespersen and Ricke Schuler needed a new outlet to both cope with grief and find a way to celebrate the lives of those they lost. The culture of the SEALs demands that the fallen are honored through a death day celebration, typically rowdy gatherings in bars that often end in trouble. The morning after he received a DUI following a fallen friend’s death day celebration, Jespersen realized he need a change, and turned to pushing himself to his absolute limit on his snowboard in the mountains of Colorado. The challenges he learned to embrace brought him a much deeper connected with his lost friends, and he wanted a way to share that with others facing the same struggle.

Colorado's Sangre de Cristo Range is home to some of the gnarliest riding in the state. Isaiah Branch-Boyle photo.

Jespersen is no stranger to big feats in the mountains. He holds the record for fastest time to climb and splitboard all 54 Colorado 14ers, at a ridiculously fast 138 days. But last spring, Jespersen and fellow SEAL Rick Schuler teamed up for the mission of a lifetime – a full traverse of the Sangre de Cristo Range. They estimated the march at 100+ miles, over 40,000 feet of elevation gain, tagging over 70 summits along the way. In Jespersen’s words, “The straight up ass-kicking we received is exactly what we wanted.”

Taking it all in. Isaiah Branch-Boyle photo.

Along the way, Jespersen, Schuler, and filmmaker Isaiah Branch-Boyle spent two weeks in the range, tagging some seriously gnarly descents and carrying all the gear they needed to eat, sleep, and ride. Follow the adventure in the film The Brotherhood Escort.

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