I'll be lucky if my faithful-but-deteriorating backpack makes it through this trip alive. (See pitiful pic below.) It's a fraying mess, but I'm too attached to it to abandon it.
That said, the time has come to move on. I hope that Gregory has improved its backpack designs to eliminate many of the problems I've been experiencing regarding comfort: the hip belt and the shoulder straps, in particular, both need a complete design overhaul.
I'll likely retire this old hoss at the end of this walk. Maybe I can bury it with honor somewhere. After it's gone, I'll mourn for a bit, then go find my next Gregory. It's a damn good company that makes a damn good backpack.