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I am Greg

a Scout Troop Leader, outdoorsman, hiker, never too old.

Gender: Male / Amputation: BKA
Foot: Soleus / Shell color: Caucasian

This is my story

On June 28, 2010 our Boy Scout Crew arrived at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. Our chosen itinerary was an 11 day trek described as super strenuous and covered an estimated 81 miles. Part of my required equipment was a good pair of hiking poles, aspirin, and a new prosthesis with a Soleus prosthetic foot.

One of the first things I noticed about the foot's performance was the toe action. On the uphills it provided easy loading with good push off response. On the steeper sections this action allowed me to dig firmly into the trail and gain smooth rollover without experiencing any knee hyperextension.

The downhills were more comfortable and manageable with the heel compression. This compression also reduced vertical impact on my joints and back. On the rocky and rough trails the foot absorbed forces and adjusted to the terrain. This kept my residual limb free of hot spots. I feel that these factors contributed to help me keep up with a bunch of 15 and 16 year olds the entire trek.

After we completed our goal the crew had racked up a total of 123 miles and had hit elevations of over 12,000 feet. I owe my success to stubbornness, stupidity, training, and the Soleus Foot.