Below Knee Amputee Athlete and Avid Outdoorsman
Joel is a 36 year old originally from Pennsylvania. He is a below the knee amputee for 17 years losing his leg due to a rock climbing accident in college. Since losing his leg Joel has finished college and traveled all over the country as well as internationally. He has led 30 day wilderness trips for over 13 years with all populations in lots of different regions of the country in all conditions and seasons backpacking, canoeing, and rock climbing. Joel is an active hunter, thrill seeker, traveler, and loves to be outdoors as much as possible. He has tried lots of different prosthetic feet, liners, as well as suspension systems. Joel has had to adapt to using non conventional ways to maintain hygiene while not being able to shower for extended periods of time and continue to be successful with using a prosthesis. He has currently transitioned out of leading extended wilderness trips to work at a therapeutic boarding school for struggling teens. Joel still leads week long trips but only a handful a year with most adventures being day trips in northwest Montana near Glacier National Park. Even after being a prosthetic user for 17 years he is still learning about ways to be more successful with using a prosthesis as well as options that are out there to amputees. Joel enjoys the work he does and looks forward to helping and educating other amputees as well as their families.