At age fourteen on the 40th anniversary of his father’s iconic ascension as the youngest American to ever summit the Matterhorn in Switzerland, both Brandon and his father successfully stood on the knife-edge apex of this world-famous mountain together.
At fifteen, Brandon went on an extensive safari in southern Africa – through South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia’s Caprivi Strip. Later that year, he ventured to the Amazon jungles of Brazil.
He had his third trip around the world when he was sixteen, from Europe to Singapore, through Australia and New Zealand, then the Cook Islands in the South Pacific. While in Australia, he climbed the highest mountain on the continent, Mount Kosciuszko. Brandon summited Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Back home, he learned to fly successfully soloed a single-engine plane.