My friend Amanda who graciously hosted us in her Rutland home for our 2nd resupply. Amanda’s family also hosted us on our AT thru-hike and helped our family, and me in particular, during a very critical time.
Hospitality, giving and receiving, is part of the journey (of life and traveling) and our time on Rutland relaxing at Amanda’s home reminds me of that.
Gear failure! This pad has been causing me nothing but problems on our trip. The last straw was last night, when while @reneetougas and I were sitting in our tent, we heard a “popping” sound (not unlike the sound of rain). We had no idea what it was. I started looking around and much to my horror discovered the internal baffles of my pad slowly delaminating as I sat on it.
Two things: considering how much I have used this pad, I am not surprised. It has survived at least 2500 trail miles, with virtually no issues - impressive for any piece of gear. Secondly, this is actually considered a manufacturing defect, and since Thermarest has a lifetime warranty, they will repair or replace it for me. Nothing like quality gear that is both light, durable, and backed by a fantastic warranty. I would not hesitate to buy this one again, it has been one of my favourite pieces of gear.
Great warranty aside, I will not be able to get a replacement in the next 24 hours, and thus I will have to purchase something cheap in Rutland (probably a Z-rest) to use for the remainder of the trip.
Hmmm... according to @Guthook, we have gained a LOT of altitude... did we take a wrong turn somewhere :-)
Whatever trail malaise had affected me yesterday (heat, leg pain, emotional memories) it did not affect today. Today’s hiking was challenging but fun. The weather was beautiful, the companions great, the terrain gorgeous, what more could you ask for? My knees were ok because we were going uphill all day.
Camping tonight at Copper Lodge on Killington peak. Listening to the wind whip through the evergreens, all snug in my sleeping bag. Looking forward to another 11 hours of rest before another day of hiking. And town day tomorrow! Maybe we’ll score a hot tub again.