Now you get to buy new boots!
(Good job on the resourcefulness.)
Boots? Haven’t had boots in years. Just use o-shoes.
I once had an o shoe sole fall off during a West Point meet. It was painful. Good for you for getting down with TWO broken soles!
Thank goodness it was only your boots. When you said disaster struck, I was afraid there was a major injury.
How weird that both soles failed around the same time.
Those boots were about 15 years old. I had put many miles on them in Philmont, the Adirondacks, Mammoth Cave, the Appalachian Trail, etc., so they were pretty worn out. I'm excited about getting new boots!
Get o-shoes. Ours were great in the Dolomites - steep and rocky, Monadnock - steeper and rockier, Winds, Sierras. Good traction. Solid. Wear well. Most important - light so not tiring lugging all the weight around.
Wow, what a story! Glad it had a happy ending although it would have been a little happier if it had happened on the way down from the peak. :) I like a trail running shoe with a grippy sole on those trails although I'd use boots if I were carrying a heavy backpack with camping gear.
I couldn't decide between trail running shoes or boots. I should have gone with the trail shoes. I would never even consider wearing O-shoes for that hike.
I remember a lot of rocks that could potentially be ankle-bashing, and that was over 30 years ago. Love Algonquin Peak, though!
The rocks are still there, Janet. :-)
I had a similar (but less dramatic) experience with a pair of hiking boots years ago - both soles also failed on the same day, though it was just some delamination in the front so my toes got wet but I could finish the hike. It was also fortunately the last day of the trip.
I had a gimpy ankle when I hiked there and we met a woman who was being helped down by her family after a serious ankle injury. I looked back at the photos - rockier than I remembered!