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  1. nevster1975

    What to pack for my First Camino?

    I did my first C.F. last year. I took 2 pairs of smart wool socks. Wear one wash one. Really worth it. They were lightweight. No need for sock liners. I had a pair of trekking sandles for wearing when not walking. Bear in mind you need to leave boots at th e door in most albergues so good to...
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    is the first day as daunting as it looks?

    I did my first CF this year and had done no training at all. A friend had advised very strongly stopping on Orisson as a must. I didn't take that advice because I knew for me that I needed to get the hardest stage out of the way first and get going. I did it and it was fine - I was worried befoe...
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    Cathedral Closed...Is the Camino still worth it?

    Yes absolutely worth doing but only you can know. It almost sounds like your goal is to worship on Santiago. You'll be able to do that in the beautiful San Francisco church at mass, as well as see the apostle's tomb. But the inside of the cathedral is very taken up with works at the moment. For...
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    Decision made

    Sure - I remember Ronconvalles being quite warm. There are of course other accommodation options there also. I stayed at the private Albergue in O Cebrerio which did have blankets; no idea about the municipal. Needs to be booked though as it's quite small. In any event, go your way!
  5. nevster1975

    Decision made

    Sure - a lot of Albergues will offer more that one blanket if needed. But, each to their own....
  6. nevster1975

    Best place to start after the Pyrennees

    Based on what you say look carefully the stages - from Rabanal to Molinseca - climb up to Cruz de Ferro. I would definitely stop in Molinseca and the decent is a little tricky - the stage to O Cebrerio. The climb to La Faba in particular is hard. I'd recommend stopping before it starts and...
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    Decision made

    I highly recommend not taking a sleeping bag, just a silk sleeping bag liner. Much much smaller and lightweight. Albergues will have blankets for warmth. If you're traveling in May it can get quite warm also. I did this based on others advice and didn't regret it! Helps with pack weight and...
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    Worries

    Having just returned from a most amazing experience walking the CF from May 5-June 6, I hope the answer to your question is a NO! I'm sure it's good to be aware of certain places where it's wise to be a little more cautious but one of the things I'll take with me into post Camino life is the...
  9. nevster1975

    Organised tour or do-it-yourself?

    Thanks to all for the really helpful replies - have booked flights and first few nights! Arrive to St JPdP on 4 May to start on the 5 May! Excited. Thanks for the invaluable support from this forum.
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    Booking Roncesvalles ahead

    Thanks all - booked the Albergue using the link above and google translate. Payment page could be translated using a drop down link. Booked the bed and dinner option only based on the comments so will try and get breakfast at the suggested place in town. Arriving from St JPdP on the 5 May this...
  11. nevster1975

    Organised tour or do-it-yourself?

    Looking at doing the Camino Frances for the first time in May 2019. I've taken a look at a number of threads but was looking for a comparison between doing it all yourself and an organised walk. I would be traveling solo with the aim of time alone and meeting others on the way. It seems that for...
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