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"The Lost Soles Trip" ET

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Offline MStav

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"The Lost Soles Trip" ET
« on: November 03, 2008, 06:27:30 PM »
Well ,here  is my first trip report post.
 Made it to Elephant Tusk campsite Sat. Eve.First time there.Nice vista!.Took off sunday morn on the ET trail. Well ,around 2 1/2 to 3 hours into the hike I felt something wrong with my Vasque boots.Looked down and the heel of the right boot had let go. Being a day hike I wasn't thinking of that ever happening as they hade been reliable on my other hikes ,day or backpacking. Needless to say I did not have duct tape with me,it was at the truck.( great place for it) Decided to move forward a ways and think of what my choices were.In the next 30 yards the left heel let go. OK, now what to do.I made the choice to head back to the truck thinking no way these boots will hold up.Within the next 100 yard or so the complete sole of the left boot let go followed by the right.Now I am  walking soleless. No backup boots or shoes at the truck. I had a pair of cheap sandals for camp and that was it. I tried them around the campsite but there was no way you could hike in these for any distance.My son in law ,Todd and I quickly named the this "The Lost Soles Trip" .It was a learning experience!
 Spent the Monday morning driving to Talley to check it out. Love  Mariscal Mountain. Came back to the mine ruins and ran around .Spent the night at Fresno.Another site I enjoyed.Moved on the next day down Glen Springs and into Terlingua For a cold one on the porch of the General store .A destination Todd was looking forward to.It had been a long time for me since I had been on the porch. I've had some good times there in the past.Had late lunch @ Ghost Town Cafe.Stopped at Terlingua store and stumbled on fresh made Tamales.What a treat!Back to the park and Terelingua Abaja for the night.Explored Terlingua creek the next morning towards Santa Elana.Good morning light for some point and shoot photos.Explored a few other spots and ended up at PG4 for the last night. Stillwells for a shower on the way out the next morning before heading back to Richmond.
 Lesson learned,Bring a backup pair of boots( which are sitting very comfortably in my closet at home)
Now that "The Lost Soles Trip "is over we are planning "The Redemption Trip" for February

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Re: "The Lost Soles Trip" ET
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2008, 07:02:37 PM »
It sure sounds like your boots were exposed to some chemical which degraded the shoe glue.  Is it possible that this could of happened?  Just seems really strange for two boots to let go at the same time like you described.  I am on my third pair of Vasques and luckily haven't had any problems like yours.  I just wear out the bottoms pretty fast hiking in Utah.
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Re: "The Lost Soles Trip" ET
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2008, 08:30:15 PM »
My soles blew out within a day of each other, mostly due to age, I think.  Somewhere on this site you could find a pic of Randell's boot, repaired with an Ace bandage, I believe. 
As a matter of fact, I _do_ have an opinion on that....

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Re: "The Lost Soles Trip" ET
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2008, 09:00:56 PM »
I felt something wrong with my Vasque boots.Looked down and the heel of the right boot had let go. In the next 30 yards the left heel let go.

Were these glued or stitched? It likely makes little difference. Vasque boots have a 30+ year history of sole failure at the most inopportune times. They may cost as much as some other brands but they are not in the same league of better designed boots such as Asolos. Long ago I had a pair of 'heavy duty' Vasque backpacking boots that failed spectacularly when the stitching let go and the upper was flapping in the breeze over the sole. Like your experience the other boot also failed in the same way a short time later. Haven't touched anything made by Vasque since. I use Asolos for hiking and White's boots for work.
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Re: "The Lost Soles Trip" ET
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2008, 07:03:14 AM »
Back to the park and Terelingua Abaja for the night.Explored Terlingua creek the next morning towards Santa Elana.Good morning light for some point and shoot photos.

Sounds like you had a good trip after all.  How was The Old Maverick road, washboarded or not too bad?  How far up Terlingua creek did the flood waters go?  Any where near the ruins?
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Re: "The Lost Soles Trip" ET
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2008, 01:46:50 PM »
The boots were always stored in a closet in the house.Never exposed to chemicals,put up wet or anything else I can think of that would have made them deteriorate.Maybe just age.&nbsp; I checked them before I left town and they looked fine.The sole was glued on and just let go. They look like the pair Richard M has in the photo. I have an old pair of lightweight Hi Tech boots that are twice as old and I believe they would have made the trip just fine. Last pair of Vasques for me.

I'm in the market for a new pair. Any recomendations would be welcome.

 I have been going to BIBE since 90 and that is the greenest I have seen it.
Old maverick road was just fine.

Followup discussion on boot sole blowouts has been moved here.
« Last Edit: November 04, 2008, 01:48:33 PM by RichardM »

 


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