The aluminum sleeve that fits inside the center column came out. As I previously mentioned there was a film of some glue but it wasn't even applied uniformally on the sleeve.
I don't usually skimp on stuff. I was looking for a tripod, had a wad of cash in my pocket and made a impulsive purchase. I am terribly disapointed in Induro never taking the efforrt to respond to my email.
I don't know why I didn't take any photos. I think it made me sick looking at it. I will ask the guy at the camera store to do so and email them to me.
Wow! I am a little surprised this failure didn't give any indication prior. At the same time, it could be that once the glue gave way, the sleeve succumbed to gravity and the bounce of hiking and worked itself out; and plop goes the Wimberley .
Thanks for sharing, and do post the damage if you get something from the store.
I'll be taking close look at my center columns. Perhaps the lesson here is to check over your equipment prior to going to the field. Mechanical things do break. Five months though is a little too soon for my liking on a +$500 tripod.