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    Suggestion to Ivar and the dangers of giving medical advice

    @ivar I wouldn't get upset if medical advice on this page was banned (or if any medical advice involving prescription meds was banned), but it seems a lot of people would. My suggestion would be that as a minimum the "front page" of the "medical advice section" in this community should carry a...
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    Vaseline on feet?

    A side note: I have no blister problem and don't use Vaseline against blisters. My socks are cheap Walmart socks who just happen to work great for me. I do use Vaseline, though, because I tend to get cracked skin, both on the heels and the bottoms of my feet. ( This happens regardless what type...
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    Martigny to Sembrancher

    You can look at (and printout) the official Swiss topographical map. You can also select (under Open Menu) and print the section you are interested in with a scale of 1:25,000 or 1:50,000. (In the Menu you'll also find a Maps Displayed option. You can choose to display the official hiking...
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    Any small but good thermos flasks?

    Are there any good light-weight ones? Sigg looks good, but hauling an extra 310gr / 11 oz.. day in day out just for the pleasure of a morning cup of coffee seems excessive.
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    Four more days until SdC - and no motivation anymore to continue ...

    I have no idea why you're feeling the way you're feeling. And my only camino experience comes with two m's, as in cammino (that is, Italy: 500km on the Dovadola - Assisi - Rome route.) The thing that really surprised me was that for me the end goal turned out to be a lot less important than the...
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    Shoe features, with and without a pack

    Thanks, davebugg. That's very helpful info. I'm ok with the shoes I have, but my partner will need new ones, so we'll follow your shoe fitting guidelines for that. BTW, I'm 135lb., so it should be possible to wear a pack in trail runners. I love your homemade rock plates. Not sure I want a...
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    Shoe features, with and without a pack

    Interesting. I never thought of that. So I could use the in-soles of the ISO for normal use, and when I go on extended asphalt, I take them out and put in a pair of gel-inserts instead. Is that what you are suggesting?
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    Shoe features, with and without a pack

    Thanks to all. That's helpful feedback. A few more thoughts - Lateral support - I think we're doing ok on that. Do a lot of barefoot running in soft sand, so our ankles are quite flexible and strong. Extra padding - that's definitely something to think about, as well as the stiffer sole...
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    Shoe features, with and without a pack

    I just finished 500km on the Dovadola-Assisi-Rome cammino. The first part were mostly rough trails, made even harder by cold, wet weather. The second part included several stretches on asphalt. Overall I was very happy with my trail runners (Saucony Peregrine ISO) on any surface. Great shoes...
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    How long do your shoes last?

    Not every model of a brand is born equal. Out of which model of Salomons did you get 2,000 miles??? I want a pair.
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    Non-Catholic on the Camino

    It's good to remember that you're on something that once was mostly a very Catholic pilgrimage route for those venerating a particular Catholic saint. But with its 300,000+ pilgrims in 2018, of which only 1/3 were there for mostly "religious" reasons, something has obviously changed. Some...
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    Long Hikes. . . Romance vs. Reality

    This is one of very few threads on this forum where I've read every post. Thanks to all!
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    Tuscan Region Safety

    Re. mace, be sure to check on the laws in the countries that you'll be visiting. European countries consider such sprays a weapon. In some countries, you need a license, others check the exact ingredients, etc. And you cannot take it on a plane.
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    End of the day sandals

    I'm taking a pair of trail runners and a pair of Keen's Newport for hiking. I'm very comfortable in the Keen's, even on uneven and rocky paths. They are heavy, but I'll use them as end-of-day sandals and shower sandals as well.
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    SIM card confusion

    With the Samsung J7, you're in luck. That "dual SIM" model has three slots. But (buyer beware!) not everything that is advertised as "dual SIM" has an additional dedicated memory card slot. Some just have one "SIM" slot plus one "SIM/Memory dual function" slot. (I've owned both kinds of phone.)