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What do I do if the sole of my hiking boot falls apart in the backcountry?

from UrbanViking on 02.17.11

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from NavaHip 8/21/2013 at 06:57pm

Duct Tape or some type of cordage. Replace your boots when they get worn? Thats actually the simplest answer or in my case do the Cody Lundin thing and dont wear shoes at all? Shoes are the Achilles Heel of man kind. Our feet were healthier when we had no shoes and our backs didnt have problems because its the way we were meant to walk. Just the musings of yet another Bush Hippie!

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from Hendo59019 5/21/2011 at 06:40am

isn't that why everybody carries duct tape?

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from eli 4/11/2011 at 11:37am

Assuming you haven't any duck-tape, If you have fire and can find a couple of cans, birch bark tar would be my choice. Ideally, you can harvest the bark from living or dead birch trees and produce enough birch oil/tar in a few hours to keep your gear together.

If you cook the oil down to a thick tar, you can also pack this into a reed for a 'glue stick' source of tar as you make your way to safety. Just light the end of this and apply the softened tar to your gear for repairs.

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from lfos847 4/10/2011 at 03:55pm

I think duct tape is the quick answer. I always include glue sticks in my kits. A lighter and a glue stick will repair many things.

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from Warmil 4/10/2011 at 01:38pm

Duck tape is the best choice if you carry it, but a sock or other piece of cloth tied around it should get you out as another option.

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from Smitty 3/3/2011 at 12:46pm

Right on, PAShooter! I keep several feet of it wrapped around my water bottle and it goes everywhere with me. Have used duct tape to keep "hot spots" from turning into blisters on my feet to patching up a shredded pair of rain pants, leaky tents, broken tent poles and more. The thicker Gorilla tape that's out now works really well, too.

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from PAShooter 2/27/2011 at 04:01pm

Duct tape, always carry it.

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from pineywoods 2/27/2011 at 09:02am

If you are armed, you might be able to kill something and use strips of the hide to wrap around the boot and keep the sole more or less in place. Also, the leaf of the yucca plant has very tough fibers and you could use this temporarily, even though you'd probably have to replace it a few times before you got to help.

You might also use the duct tape from the little roll you have in your emergency kit.

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from bigjake 2/27/2011 at 08:26am

Pine resin,which is sun hardened sap found on the trunks of pine trees,makes a sticky water resistant glue when softened with a flame.

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from mesarich 2/25/2011 at 02:49pm

Limp, lol, Not sure on this one, but I would bet someone on this site could tell you.

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from bigjake 2/27/2011 at 08:26am

Pine resin,which is sun hardened sap found on the trunks of pine trees,makes a sticky water resistant glue when softened with a flame.

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from pineywoods 2/27/2011 at 09:02am

If you are armed, you might be able to kill something and use strips of the hide to wrap around the boot and keep the sole more or less in place. Also, the leaf of the yucca plant has very tough fibers and you could use this temporarily, even though you'd probably have to replace it a few times before you got to help.

You might also use the duct tape from the little roll you have in your emergency kit.

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from mesarich 2/25/2011 at 02:49pm

Limp, lol, Not sure on this one, but I would bet someone on this site could tell you.

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from PAShooter 2/27/2011 at 04:01pm

Duct tape, always carry it.

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from Smitty 3/3/2011 at 12:46pm

Right on, PAShooter! I keep several feet of it wrapped around my water bottle and it goes everywhere with me. Have used duct tape to keep "hot spots" from turning into blisters on my feet to patching up a shredded pair of rain pants, leaky tents, broken tent poles and more. The thicker Gorilla tape that's out now works really well, too.

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from Warmil 4/10/2011 at 01:38pm

Duck tape is the best choice if you carry it, but a sock or other piece of cloth tied around it should get you out as another option.

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from lfos847 4/10/2011 at 03:55pm

I think duct tape is the quick answer. I always include glue sticks in my kits. A lighter and a glue stick will repair many things.

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from eli 4/11/2011 at 11:37am

Assuming you haven't any duck-tape, If you have fire and can find a couple of cans, birch bark tar would be my choice. Ideally, you can harvest the bark from living or dead birch trees and produce enough birch oil/tar in a few hours to keep your gear together.

If you cook the oil down to a thick tar, you can also pack this into a reed for a 'glue stick' source of tar as you make your way to safety. Just light the end of this and apply the softened tar to your gear for repairs.

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from Hendo59019 5/21/2011 at 06:40am

isn't that why everybody carries duct tape?

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from NavaHip 8/21/2013 at 06:57pm

Duct Tape or some type of cordage. Replace your boots when they get worn? Thats actually the simplest answer or in my case do the Cody Lundin thing and dont wear shoes at all? Shoes are the Achilles Heel of man kind. Our feet were healthier when we had no shoes and our backs didnt have problems because its the way we were meant to walk. Just the musings of yet another Bush Hippie!

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