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    Wild Camping option and sufficient gear

    9kg with camping gear doesn’t sound that much to me. Watch how much weight the water adds, esp if wild camping. I would go walking with the pack loaded and get used to it (or simply put something heavy into a normal day to day rucksack and just get used to the weight doing things you would...
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    If you had an extra day in Bayonne, St. Jean, and Pamplona...

    In Bayonne… I think I would have a relaxing morning and start the day with hot chocolate and toast at Cazenave. Visit the cathedral and the pilgrim desk, then take a stroll around some of the fortifications before visiting Monsieur Txokola for a bar of Mexican style chocolate. Then I would hop...
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    Recommendation for British pilgrimage route with short stages.

    Re: Southwark to Canterbury. Many of the stages could start/end at railway stations. I know it's not quite the same but if you have friends who can put you up in London it should be easy enough to get the train most days. Agree with MikeJS that it's not the most inspiring route but it does have...
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    Thru Hikes v Camino - Motivations?

    I’ve not done any of the US Thru Hikes but, from watching films/videos and doing short hikes in the US my sentiments generally match yours. I think if I were to hike the AT I might get a bit bored of woodlands and clock up some very long days to get a change of scene :) . Outside of the US I am...
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    Opinion on Son walking the Camino

    Interesting question and probably impossible to answer but I think your concern is valid. I am not old or young but in my very limited experience younger men/women tend not to be as enamoured with the camino experience/find the experience as profound as people on this forum. Leaving aside those...
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    Plans for 2021?

    Was due to walk March 2020 cancelled due to virus, rebooked for September 2020 but cancelled due to virus… For 2021 I’m not as optimistic as many here but I hope they are right! Sadly, I think 2021 might be more about taking opportunities for travel if and when they arise and for me I don’t...
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    Montane Trailblazer 44L

    I have the Montane Trailblazer 30, used it for the first time on the Corfu trail this summer replacing my 45l Exped lightning. I think the Trailblazer 30 has a different lid to the 44 but otherwise they are similar. Couple of comments: It’s nicely made but I am not sure how long the big mesh...
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    A detour in Cathar Country: myth, mystery and lost treasure.

    Couldn't agree more. The Cathar Trail is a fantastic walk: https://www.creme-de-languedoc.com/Languedoc/activities/sentier-cathar-trail.php you get to visit an amazing castle almost everyday. The history is both fascinating and an utterly disturbing tale of crusades and genocide (the real...
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    Camping Question - Things that go 'bite' in the Night

    Just to add to your list of worries, how about wild boar :-) https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2019/12/05/warning-aggressive-and-fearless-wild-boars-on-the-loose-in-upmarket-urbanisation-on-spains-costa-del-sol/ & they are found all over Spain. (Joking aside, hiking in South of France the...
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    If you could only bike 1 day of the Camino Portugues, which day would you choose and why?

    Out of curiosity how are you going to get a bike for a couple of days? I quite liked the route out of Porto to Labruge. I found the coastal route a bit boring in places (not entirely sure if I was on the literal or coastal) but easy cycling, the board walk bits are ok for cycling but it's a bit...
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    Le Puy accessible and walkable earlier than Spanish routes?

    I think if I were planning a Sept 2021 trip to Europe from the US I would have a plan B. I get your thinking and if I were a betting person I would bet that the Le Puy is likely to be more walkable but there are so many ifs and buts and you have to get into Europe first. I hope with all my heart...
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    Input for Rewilding Business

    Never heard the term rewilding before. I’m not 100% sure I agree that becoming alienated from nature means that you are alienated from your nature but I see where you’re heading. Couple of responses to your question about how people have domesticated themselves: I think it’s easy to become...
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    Camino as 17 with 18 year old friend.

    A slightly different perspective… if this is 100% a religious camino then cool, follow the good advice within the forum, travel light, etc. If this is a 33% religious, 33% hiking/adventure, 33% travel/visiting Europe type trip then I would think carefully about hiking for a month in fairly...
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    Anyone started Camino Nord in Biarritz to Saint-Jean-de-Luz instead of Bayonne?

    I've done part of this - flew to Biarritz then taxi to Bayonne to accomodation. Credentials and then hot chocolate in Cazenave (it's famous but doesn't open early) the next day, then we walked to Biarritz along the road and spent the night in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, then walked onto Hendaye before...
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    The Corfu Trail

    Just back from the Corfu Trail and would thoroughly recommend it for anyone needing a walking fix whilst the Spanish caminos are unavailable to most. The Corfu Tail is not a pilgrimage walk but you could easily make it into one. There are plenty of shrines, churches (mostly locked but there's...
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