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    Winter Camino Frances?

    Hi enjoyingthejourney. You have received excellent advice above. All I would add is, when the opportunity opens up, do it! I walked in winter from SJPdP through Santiago to the Atlantic. Plenty of ice and snow ... particularly around O'Cebreiro. Many places closed. But was the most terrific...
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    Beginning from San Sebastian June 5th 2016

    Barry San Sebastián, what a great place to start a Camino. The food is terrific - in particular enjoy the many pinxos bars in the old town. As Tincatinker says, start slowly. Especially during the first two weeks, while the body adjusts to the steady walking, day after day. Don't set too many...
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    Footwear conundrums (like all who have gone before me)

    Donna A local contact suggested you might also look at Mountain Equipment, with stores at 491 Kent Street and in Chatswood. Cheers, Peter
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    Footwear conundrums (like all who have gone before me)

    Hi Donna I support C clearly's comments. September/October (especially after mid-September when peregrino numbers fall) is probably the best time weather-wise to walk the Camino. So I wouldn't be concerned to get water-proof footwear. Also, focus on comfort. On my first Camino, in April 2011...
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    Apr 2011 O'Cebreiro to Santiago Feb/Mar 2016 SJPdP to Santiago, Finisterre and Muxia

    Apr 2011 O'Cebreiro to Santiago Feb/Mar 2016 SJPdP to Santiago, Finisterre and Muxia
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    New Communication Technology

    Hi. I am just back from the Camino Frances, walking SJPdP to Santiago and on to Finisterre and Muxia. Regarding means of communicating between peregrinos and with home, most people I met were using WhatsApp on their phones. With wifi now in practically every albergue and bar, there was...
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    Walking Camino Frances in February

    Hi La Hormiguita and others planning for a Feb start. I arrived in Paris today (Mon 8 Feb), leaving for Bayonne tonight and expect to head out from SJPdP on Wednesday. Look forward to catching up with any other forum members on the track around then. Cheers, Peter J
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    Sleeping bags again ... but in winter this time

    Thanks Jill. Clearly, flexibility is required: have the capacity to sleep warm if the internal environment is frigid, cool if the heat is on. All of this from the resources contained in a 30 litre pack. Part of the attraction of walking the Camino in winter.
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    Sleeping bags again ... but in winter this time

    Hi mountaingoat999, MTtoCamino and Magnara. Many thanks for your generous responses. Much appreciated. With thermal level sorted, the task now is to balance volume, weight and, to some extent, price in a new bag to get me on the way. Unfortunately, my favourite old (Macpac) bag, weighing in at...
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    Sleeping bags again ... but in winter this time

    I am planning to walk from SJPdP to Santiago, then on to Fisterra and Muxia, in February and March 2016. Of course I will have a down bag and silk liner but, given winter conditions and unheated albergues, and sometimes the absence of blankets, the question is ... what weight bag? I don't want...
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    Walking Camino Frances in February

    Hi Mark. I too am planning to walk the Camino Frances from February 2016, starting from St Jean Pied de Port mid-month and continuing through to Santiago and, probably, Finisterra and Muxia. I would be happy to communicate with you. As others say, Margaret is a wonderful source of information...
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    Planning For September-October 2015

    Hi Thomas Like you, I am in my 70th year and plan to walk the Camino Francés from SJPDP to Santiago, starting in September 2015. Walked the last 160 kms of the route in 2011. I live in Melbourne, Australia, and would be delighted to keep in touch and, hopefully, meet up occasionally on the...