Yes to the sleeping bag.
I would't personally take a down jacket because of the rain.
Layering with Merino Wool works better for me. It's warm when wet and then then even if it's raining, when you get hot you can strip off layers.
I always suggest people do it themselves, if they're not afraid to go alone.
If you feel you need support, there are several folks organizing groups.
I do, but not in 2019.
Syl Nilsen does out of South Africa - you can search on Amawalkers.
She has a LOT of experience and good reviews.
It turned me into a minimalist.
I sold my house, got rid of most of my belongings, bought a van to live out of, and now am a nomad.
I extracted myself from a long-unhappy love relationship (remaining friends)
I'm happy now.
It's the holidays - I guess we can expect Scrooges and Grinches.
If you don't like the snow press ALT-F4
If you're annoyed by a little snow across your screen,
the Camino will probably kill you.
Loving the snow!
Building a snowman!
:::Throwing snowballs at the complainers! :::
So glad to see you on here again!
I notice several 'old timers' have been taking breaks.
Congratulations on your writing and I'm so sorry to hear about your husband!
Stay in touch, and have a wonderful holiday season!
Looking forward to hearing more about your spring Camino!