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    Thru Hikes v Camino - Motivations?

    Surely this depends on where you start "The Camino", those starting in Scotland, Scandinavia, Russia, or even further afield would disagree about the lack of wilderness or challenging situations that would be better tackled with high levels of safety, preparation and experience, even closer ones...
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    How to make the Camino more tent friendly. Ideas?

    I wasn't thinking quite that as far back as The Middle Ages, but more like just before I walked, (which in some ways feels like it was the Middle Ages) and it started getting really popular, with Albergues and other pilgrim infrastructure, technical clothing and lightweight gear. More like...
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    How to make the Camino more tent friendly. Ideas?

    I think it is a useful thread, especially the points you made at the start. I would like to see legal camping as a normal acceptable option, especially along the Frances. Surely in these days where one hopes we are trying to lessen our carbon footprint, it's more environmentally friendly to...
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    West Highland Way

    Probably lots has changed since I walked it in 1980, the biggest change probably is that you can have your bag carried for you. I carried a heavy canvas tent with wooden poles, a wool army blanket and a frying pan to cook over a wood fire and keeps the midges away. I think I walked it before it...
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    Poll Which Camino are you planning next?

    The Frances again, but this time I want to do it properly, starting and hopefully finishing from home.
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    When was your first Camino?

    1984 was my first and last pilgrimage along the Way of St James via the Frances. I have no idea how I found out about it, pre internet days and of course no forums to find out anything beforehand, but somehow I found myself in SJPdP. I felt a bit uneasy as there was a lot of Basque ETA grafitti...
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    Home Country "Caminos"

    Yes I realise that there would not be the same connection, like there is in Spain, with everyone heading towards the same goal. Even here in the U.K. there is not the same connection, even on popular routes. Leaving that aside as well as the cost, as that too would cost a lot in the U.K. I was...
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    Home Country "Caminos"

    Forgive my ignorance as I've not been to the U.S. but I've often wondered why people travel half way around the world to walk in Spain, particularly if they are not doing it for religious reasons. Luckily I live in the U.K. where there is a huge network of footpaths that connect everywhere, as...
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    Question for those who have walked in Scotland

    I'm Scottish and brought up on the hills. I didn't know much about the Francis before going but I had heard about the really steep climb over the Pyrenees. I was expecting a rocky scramble, with maybe a nice scree run down the other side. I don't remember much about the climb, but I do remember...
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    The wild-west days of the camino

    I walked in 1984, probably closer to a medieval experience than that of todays pilgrimage That's the way it was for me. I didn't even know anything about stamps, or even that you got a compostela. Water and especially food wasn't easy to come by.
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    Dealing with ticks in inaccessible places (on the body not the Camino)

    Despite many years of hill walking, camping, grouse beating, deer stalking, and even helping with tick surveys in the Scottish Highlands, my first encounter with being bitten by ticks was in Spain on the Frances. I'd pitched my tent in the woods and settled down to sleep. I awoke to the sound...
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    Should Rock Stacking be Banned?

    I'm not a fan of rock stacking, however I'd much rather see a pile of rocks created naturally by passing pilgrims than the artificial concrete pillars and metal motorway type signs that there is now along the Frances.
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    Backpacks (again)

    So you want a lighter weight 30L pack with an external hydration system and a ventilated back that's comfortable. At least that narrows it down a bit. :)
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    Backpacks (again)

    If it's served you well for 2 Caminos and has been used for 15 years why replace it now? If you can sew, I can't think of anything that couldn't be easily and cheaply repaired or replaced, you could even add some extra features that you feel your pack is missing. It can be re-waterproofed and...
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    Camino themed curtains?

    Zazzle has Camino themed fabric too.
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