I went on a full day hike with a guy I just met at work. We carried light packs, food, water, necessities. I had chlorine for water purification. What I didn't have was a sewing kit or underwear.
Well, on my way off the rock, I slid, felt my North Face pants rip, felt a sting on my butt, and knew it was serious. I grabbed hold of tree roots, pulled myself back up enough to unhook the pants.
Of course, I don't wear underwear hiking. I was lucky the pants didn't shred farther. No blood, just now concerned I have to walk with this new acquaintance and my .......showing, some skin, lets say. So, pulling my shirt down, pulling my pants up, I decided with my pack on probably I was ok. He never mentioned it, all 5 hours remaining of our hike.
Now, I'm wondering, does a person need to carry back up shorts, underwear, a sewing kit. I should have brought the murphy kit : the Ultralighters repair kit for all things that can go wrong. My bad. I learned!
The pants now have a large L shaped stitched repair. I will put a pocket over it, and no one will ever know....unless they ask how come the pocket isn't the same fabric as the pants. How about I put a real funky pocket on, like stripes or something, and it will become a fashion statement?