If you’ve spent any time backpacking, you’ve likely been the victim of gear that rips, wears out. or just malfunctions at the worst possible time. When gear fails on a day hike, it’s an inconvenience; on a through-hike, however, it can throw months of planning into the garbage, or worse, put your party in danger.
The good news: All it takes to laugh in the face of Murphy's Law is some basic supplies and a pinch of know-how. Follow these quick on-the-trail tips from industry experts to get you home even when your sole separates from the upper or your tent springs a leak during a thunderstorm.