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    COVID Refuge Orisson Refund Policy

    I received a full refund from Refuge Orisson. I wrote them asking about it in April - my reservation was for May 10. They responded saying that they were currently working on April refunds and to contact them in May. I emailed them again on May 1 and received my refund on May 11. I canceled...
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    Filling backpack guidelines?

    That's what I'll be taking in May - the lavender scent. I'll cut the bar in half for my 16 day trek. I've used liquid Dr. B's for years. It's what I use now to bathe.
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    Women over 60 who DON'T take a sleeping bag...

    Remember, age ain’t nothing but a number. And my mother, who passed away at 97, would follow that with "and mine's unlisted." Thanks for your thoughts and buen camino.
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    Women over 60 who DON'T take a sleeping bag...

    Hello backpack45. What brand and model do you have?
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    Women over 60 who DON'T take a sleeping bag...

    I was actually planning on doing that! Give me another month of jiggering, though.
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    Women over 60 who DON'T take a sleeping bag...

    Thank you all! I do think I'm going to be happiest if I take something more than a liner. I like the idea of trying out the system at home. I'm a light sleeper and it even takes a while for me to warm up in bed at night here in my 60 degree house. I don't imagine myself being comfortable...
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    Women over 60 who DON'T take a sleeping bag...

    I'd like to hear from you. I am struggling with whether to take or not take a sleeping bag. I know many people just take a liner, sleep with their clothes/jackets on, rely on a blanket at the albergues, etc. I'd kind of settled on that approach and then read a thread where a number of women...
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    Sleeping bag

    Jane, did you use the 40 degree Spark? I'll be walking the Frances in May and have some concerns about warmth at night. I'd talked myself out of taking a sleeping bag some weeks ago, but still wonder if that's the way to go.
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    Poll How heavy is your backpack?

    My first Camino will be in May. I'm using Robo's excellent spreadsheet and am working hard to get it to 6kg. From my initial packing list I've ditched a pair of pants, a pair of underwear, the toe socks I wear every night, a spiky foot roller, my Spanish phrase book, half of my Brierly book...
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    2020 TAXI SHARE Thread Biarritz/Bayonne to SJPP

    I'm a newbie, but I think there are four of them - something like 8:40, 11:40, 3:40 and 5:40. These are my guesses but they're easy to find online. Posts on this forum said to wait until ~three months in advance to book; one said he didn't reserve in advance and got on anyway. Other comments...
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    2020 TAXI SHARE Thread Biarritz/Bayonne to SJPP

    I'm arriving late at the Biarritz Airport two weeks after you. Advice to me on this forum has included staying the night in Bayonne, which is equally as far from the Biarritz Airport as Biarritz, and taking the train into SJPP. If Express Bourricot cannot transport me to SJPP the night I...
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    Mail trekking poles to SJPP?

    Thank you all! It seems that the advice I've received to "not over-plan" and that "the Camino will provide" is already very useful. I will trust that the poles I will need for my walk will appear once I arrive in France.
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    Socks

    An inspiring REI employee walked the Pacific Crest Trail at age 70. I gathered from talking to him that it was a turning point for him, as he had a desk job that he quit to be able to do it. It took him four months. He's been doing long hikes ever since and has had his share of blisters. He...
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    Mail trekking poles to SJPP?

    Does the Pilgrim Office in SJPP hold packages for pilgrims? Do the albergues? After reading a thread on the topic of trying to take poles on airplanes, I've decided I don't want to risk losing them to airport security. And although I have a three hour layover in Paris to change airlines for...
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    2020 TAXI SHARE Thread Biarritz/Bayonne to SJPP

    I arrive at the Biarritz airport on 8 May, 2020 at 21:00. If anyone wants to share Express Bourricot or a taxi to SJPP that night or the next morning from Bayonne, PM me.
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    May 2020 - 1st timer - SJPP to Burgo

    Are you in the Bay Area?
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    May 2020 - 1st timer - SJPP to Burgo

    Thanks for this. I'm coming from California. After the flights, I'll spend my first night in Biarritz. I get in late (9PM). Then I will try for Bouricot Express the next morning. For better or worse, I did not plan a rest day in SJPP. Hoping to get there in the morning from Biarritz, I'll...
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    May 2020 - 1st timer - SJPP to Burgo

    Well, I did it! I've got my flights booked and should (if I did everything correctly) arrive in Biarritz Friday night, May 8. Here are my questions: ~ Any recommendations for a place to stay in Biarritz that night? (I arrive at 21:00, if that matters regarding check in time limits.) ~...
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    Altitude adjustment

    I once saw an exponential graph depicting oxygen levels to elevation. Essentially, the curve didn't start steepening until 4000 or 5000 feet. Years ago, the advice was that it took one day for every 1000 feet over 6000 feet to acclimate. You shouldn't experience any difficulties due to...
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    May 2020 - 1st timer - SJPP to Burgo

    Thanks. I'm not going to push, so even if I don't make it to Burgos, I'll be happy. If I only make it to Burgos, I'll be happy. If I make it onto the Meseta, I'll be happy. Sharry
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