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Re: [AT-L] Re: [AT-L] ellies questions

On Fri, 23 Aug 1996, David P. Dusenbury wrote:

> One thing that I have noticed, having used heavy hikers for many years, 
> and having hiked many times with Scouts who typically use light-weights: 
>  The lightweights, when they fail, do so suddenly (over a day or two).  
> The sole starts to peel, then BANG! it's duct-tape time.  The heavies may 
> start to peel or whatever, but will have a great many miles left in them.
> Had to stitch one pair of "glorified tennis shoes" together on one trip 
> with some light gauge wire I happened to have in my repair kit.  Lasted a 
> day and a half till we hit the bus, but would not have gotten much 
> farther.  (Remember that, Ralph?)

I was once leading a group of teenagers on the AT in CT and was annoyed at 
how heavy my pack was.  Trying to reduce weight, I was looking at all the 
stuff my paranoia made me bring (and hiking with teenagers, everything 
goes wrong usually).  My repair kit included a big tube of Shoe Goo 
(industrial strength carcinogenic adhesive - like rubber cement on 
steroids) which a Ridge Runner volunteered to take out and throw away if 
I wanted to get rid of it.  For whatever reason, I decided to hold onto 
it and the next day (before some tough rock scrambling) the sole of one 
girls's lightweight boot (Merrel Eagle/Laser with an LL Bean label on it) 
separated most of the way from the shoe, with about 5 minutes of 
warning.  I still had the shoe goo, and the repair probably made it 
stronger than the glue it was originally made with!  (She did have to 
hike in her sneakers for the day though while it dried).

Moral of the story:  If you go with lightweights, be prepared to improvise

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