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Recent content by Peter CapeTown

  1. Peter CapeTown

    Live - Camino Francés How busy is your stage?

    Yesterday I finished my first Camino, the CF. Found the route and accommodations not very full. Local food and accommodation providers bitterly complaint that the Camino is very empty, less than half of the business than last year same time. As the recipient of those services, that resulted in...
  2. Peter CapeTown

    Snakes alive!

    Fairly harmless. But then I live in South Africa which has plenty of non-harmless snakes.
  3. Peter CapeTown

    Snakes alive!

    Saw two snakes. Last one, four days ago, four days before Santiago on the CF.
  4. Peter CapeTown

    Pilgrims Office of SJPP

    Thanks. Will see them on Wednesday this week
  5. Peter CapeTown

    Now I Pack

    7.6kg including backpack and sling bag. Will go via MAD to BIQ
  6. Peter CapeTown

    Now I Pack

    Update - after packing' and repacking: I dropped: a few pieces of clothing (1 x boxers, 1 x long sleeved technical, 1 pair socks), some medical and hygiene items, spare bags. I added: 1 pair gaiters, ventilated bags (swop), 1 pair socks (a swop for warmer pair), a small journal (i know, I...
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    Walking from St jean on Good Friday hoping to stay in Valcarlos. Will albergue be open.

    I will be one or two days in front of you. (IF my Madrid to Biarritz flight is not cancelled due to the ATC strike) Will try to keep you posted.
  8. Peter CapeTown

    Holy Week 2018 - Question

    See how it is on the day. I grew up in the Alps and the spring weather changes very quickly; for the better and for the worse. So anything is possible. On the first week of walking the Camino - just take it sweet-n-easy. Let your body get used to it.
  9. Peter CapeTown

    Holy Week 2018 - Question

    Hi M Planning to start on the 28 or 29 of March from St Jean. Weather permitting - if the Pyrenees are still snowed in i might change my starting point. AND(!) french ATC strike permitting - If i cant fly from Madrid to Biarritz due to the strike then i might take the bus from Madrid airport...
  10. Peter CapeTown

    Cape Town/South Africa - Gear to buy

    I will be back by early May. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. I might also have some kit to pass-on. Best to start hiking/walking now. Plus start to test equipment and do your R&D. See what works best for you!
  11. Peter CapeTown

    Cape Town/South Africa - Gear to buy

    Good; I went to the one on the 3rd of March. Very useful and good discussions. Amazed how many people want/planning to do the Camino from the Cape area! Please note - their advice to get the ultra light sleepingbag - not possible, all sold out, everywhere in SA. When are you planning to go? I...
  12. Peter CapeTown

    Cape Town/South Africa - Gear to buy

    Hi Jax Are you going to the CSJofSA workshop? Peter
  13. Peter CapeTown

    Now I Pack

    Good going! It is amazing what one learns about our needs vs wants. I would consider dropping the Camelback but keep the rechargeable batteries. Shampoo, toothpaste, soap, etc etc - i would empty them to +-25% of the qty in the containers and buy them along the way.
  14. Peter CapeTown

    Now I Pack

    I am not sure how other people weigh their packed backpacks as there are many variables - especially what one wears on the body. So if it is cold and raining, more will be worn and less is in the pack. Plus does the backpack weight include what one has in a waist bag/sling bag/pockets? Does one...
  15. Peter CapeTown

    Cape Town/South Africa - Gear to buy

    Hi What are you looking for? I am Cape Town based. Peter


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