So I'm going on my first sheep hunt this fall, which has been at least ten years in the making, as one thing or another has set me back whether it's been relocating for jobs, getting into commercial fishing, kids, or injuries. Glad to finally have a deposit down and buying new gear, as the stuff I've accumulated for this hunt is "too heavy" now.
Anyhow, after watching SDRHUNTER's killer video's I am PUMPED. However, watching them come down some of that terrain with loaded packs makes me think about my reconstructed ACL, which I initially tore playing one-on-one hoops with one of my middle school students. I had Dr. JACK FROST do the surgery about 5 years ago because I know he's good, and he is also a sheep hunter and would be able to tell me YES, you'll be fine for future hunts. I have some torn meniscus in that knee from the same injury and torn meniscus in the other knee that has never been operated on.
It hasn't slowed me down deer hunting, and I have put it to the test on quite a few alpine hunts since. BUT.... I never have a pack that'll be loaded like my sheep pack will be.
So... My question is, how many of you are hunting with or have hunted with a similar injury, and did you where a brace? I have the big plastic one they gave me and am not sure if it would be worth packing along. Just looking for a little support from others who can sympathize with me.