On June 21 Bogue, 33, and his girlfriend,
Krisann Knish, 30, will take on the Colorado
Trail, a grueling 471-mile, eight- to 10-week
trek from Denver to Durango.
"My main goal is to raise awareness for
MS, whatever it takes," Bogue said. He's
also doing it because he still can.
"An old lady with MS once asked me how I
like the 31 flavors of Baskin Robbins. I
thought she was crazy, but then she asked
me how I liked the 31 flavors of MS. You
never know what you're going to get. You
never know how it will be tomorrow."
Originally from a small town in New Hampshire,
Bogue moved west to ski, landing in Breckenridge
when he was 21.
years later he was diagnosed with MS, a
degenerative brain and spinal chord disease
that affects the nervous system.
It all started in 1996, when Bogue began
to notice blind spots in his vision. A visit
to New Jersey-based Will's Eyes Clinic,
and a follow-up visit to the Rocky Mountain
MS Clinic, confirmed he had MS.
While the diagnosis did not immediately
affect Bough's lifestyle, it changed his
attitude. "As soon as I got diagnosed, I
sold my business, and just started traveling,"
he said. He traveled to Africa, where he
skied several first descents on Mount Kenya,
and the Southern Alps of New Zealand.
his eyesight continued to deteriorate.
On a ski trip in the former Soviet Union,
"things got real bad," Bogue said. The snow
conditions were extremely dangerous and
the stress hit Bogue hard.
"My body was going wacko," he said. "I was
putting myself in a position to die." When
Bogue returned to Colorado, doctors put
him on steroids, which Knish administered
intravenously at home. Bogue continued to
remain active. "
was still trying to do push-ups and go climbing,"
the same time, Boulder physician Erin Elster
heard about Bogue through a newspaper article.
the only upper cervical specialist in, Colorado,
bases her practice on "the impact the upper
cervical spine has on the nervous system."
Elster uses her hands to adjust the area,
and, with a high-tech monitoring device,
checks for precision. Bogue credits the
treatment for alleviating many of his symptoms,
including blindness, bladder control problems,
sleeplessness, heat sensitivity, and imbalance.
Earlier this year, Bogue attended the Jimmy,
Huega Medical Program in North Carolina.
Founded by an Olympic medallist ski racer
who was diagnosed with MS, the program stresses
staying active as the best remedy.
That philosophy has inspired Bogue. "That's
what this Colorado Trail is all about,"
he said, noting he hopes to take on the
Appalachian Trail next year. "It's for people
with MS, or any other disability... to teach
these people to adopt the 'can-do' attitude...
Nothing is, out of reach."