The other night as I was getting ready for bed, my wife asked how many Motrin I wanted. After 16 years of marriage, she could tell the times outside were ripe for me to have a fitful night of sleep. It was blowing like a banshee. I live in SE Wyoming, so trust me that I know what a banshee blows like! Temps had dropped 30 degrees in about 1 ½ hours and the snow was falling. A night like this was usually a 3 Motrin night. The night before would have been a 2 Motrin night as my knees felt this storm a-comin’.
I just grinned and told her I didn’t need any tonight. I had no aches, pains, creaks, or pops in my knees! I haven’t had any of those pains for several months and this is the 3rd snow storm I’ve been through in the last 2 months. We’ve had some major fronts and weather patterns move through with no ill-effects in my knees. I’ve also hiked to the tallest peak in my elk unit – twice! Both times with a 45 pound pack on. Trailhead starts at just over 8,000 feet. Top of the peak is just under 11,000 and 4.1 miles as the crow flies and I’m not a crow…
One night, camp was at 10,200 feet and it was 70 degrees at 6 o’clock that evening. We could see a front coming in and we awoke to spitting snow and mid-20’s the next morning. Especially at that elevation, my knees should have been screaming to get off the mountain. Not this time.
I have tried a couple ‘joint’ supplements in the past with no success. I just figured that I’d have to live with my old football knees and just hunt as long as I could. I know football is a big part of my aches but my hunting style hasn’t helped either. Last year in Idaho I packed 2 quarters off my bull that I killed down in snow-covered hole.
This fall I packed a whole mulie bucks (quartered) in one shot.
2 years ago I packed ¾ of a raghorn bull elk for a mile out of a canyon (both hind quarters, 1 front quarter and backstrap) for my buddy Carson and his dad, Sid.
One night 2 years ago, I was feeling especially ornery and packed out a 4 year old cow elk ½ mile out of a hole for my buddy’s son. She was quartered but I got everything in my big Cabelas Alaska frame pack. It took 2 buddies and his son to hold it up, so I could get strapped in but I was able to carry it. Both of them thought I was crazy for even trying. They needed to process the other cow so off I went by myself. Just to prove my point, I carried that second elk out in one load as well. Thank goodness he had shot her through 1 front shoulder! My knees screamed for 2 or 3 days after that act of stupidity.
I don’t tell you this to make me sound like some ‘macho’ hunter. I tell you so you can get a little glimpse into some of the damage I’ve been doing to my knees for the last 38 years.
I used Hydrate and Recover from Wilderness Athlete last year during my hunts and really liked the results. This year I ordered more Hydrate and Recover as well as Meal Replacement shakes, Altitude Advantage and as a side thought I threw in a bottle of Joint Advantage. What the heck, I didn’t have anything to lose by trying it. I’m grateful that I did.
I attribute Joint Advantage for doing what it claims it does. I started taking 3 pills a day in mid-August. My knees haven’t felt this good since I was 18 years old. Thank you Wilderness Athlete! Now the only problem is my girls are old enough to hunt. I’ve told them that I’ll pack anything out of anywhere for them, just so long as they NEVER have a stupid boyfriend. I may have to eat crow and actually pack some critters out of places I didn’t think my knees would let me go…