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This was more serious than thin mountain air or a heel blister. All that was between my Adidas Duramo 5 Leather Mens tender left foot and the rocky trail was a single layer of leather. Each pointy rock I stepped on made its Adidas Energy Boost Esm
Oh, no, geological shifts take their own sweet time.
presence known. What could be worse for a hiker than a big, clunky boot without a proper bottom to it? I soon found out for the right Vibram sole also fell off.
People who hike all the time wear out their boots. That means they have to buy new ones. That means they keep up with improvements. That means they are ready for the next hike. People who rarely hike never wear out their boots. They don't realize how out of sync they are becoming over the years, how dried up, how poorly prepared.
(Photo by Cade Mendenhall)
I pressed on.
I stepped right out of the Vibram sole of my left Lowa. It detached completely from the boot. Apparently shoe glue has a life expectancy of less than 30 years.
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama A peak does not spring up 10,000 feet overnight.
But then, about halfway up, Adidas Duramo 5 Running Shoes
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Clad in my impressive, low mileage boots, I followed the four teenagers toward the top of Hermit's Peak. The thinning air had me panting a little, but so what? I rubbed a blister on my heel, but that's what they make Band Aids for.
gorgeous view of pine forests and desert plains. I even made it back down, moving at the speed of a glacier, but moving. Along the way I had plenty of time for reflection.
I thought I was prepared.
Here's what I decided:
Think about the description of the armor of God found in Ephesians. What does a strong Christian wear on his or her feet? "Readiness that comes from the gospel of peace." If you only apply that gospel every few years, you aren't ready.
I am reasonably fit for my age, although my age almost equals the combined ages of my four fellow hikers. I even pulled out my special hiking boots, the German made Lowas. I bought these marvelous boots around 1980 from my friend Dean Petty, who knew his way around mountains.
Geological time is the only clock by which you could say that I quickly climbed a 10,000 foot New Mexico mountain recently. Using any other measurement, you'd have to say I crawled up.
I limped to the top and saw a Harden Adidas Imma Be A Star
The Lowas had all the latest features for 1980, including Vibram soles and Velcro closures fairly young technologies back then. I had only used the Lowas a few times, because backpacking just didn't turn out to be as central to my lifestyle as I thought it would be back in 1980.
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