Sarge, good job on catching the bastard and your not old (I'm 34).
In the spirit of your thread my Dad is 62 and went through treatment for prostate cancer that ended in April. He has always worked out doing a mix of cardio and weight training.
This past Saturday we did a five mile hike into and then out of the area we will be elk hunting in Sep. We were wearing light day packs my dads was probably around thirty pounds mine twenty and my buddy Tommy who is forty and is also in solid physical shape was with us who was carrying at least a fifty pound pack.
Me and Tommy would get a little winded on the steep slopes and although we made it fine we were both highly impressed by my dad. He wouldn't even get winded on these inclines and hardly broke a sweat or raised his breathing level.
There isn't a person, I can think of twenty years younger then my dad who, I would rather be with in a critical situation in the mountains. I hope to be in half the shape he is when I am his age.
Hopefully he'll pack the hindquarters out if were lucky in Sep. and leave the front quarters and tenderloin for me to pack. (jk)