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  1. CJ Williams

    Special unit dedicated to security on the Camino de Santiago in Navarre

    Hello all, This news item appeared this morning in the newspaper here. Sharing it here because it's a general announcement and I think most folks will see it here, but if it should go in the "Camino Crime Watch" section, I'll be happy to move it. The Provincial Police activate the special...
  2. CJ Williams

    Santa Maria de Eunate: opening times and access 2018

    Greetings from Santa María de Eunate everyone! As most of you are aware, the church has been closed during the winter months. I am posting to let everyone know that we will be re-opening to general visits next weekend, on Saturday 24 March, in anticipation of the start of Holy Week, and will...
  3. CJ Williams

    Reports of a flasher near Eunate

    Just a heads up everyone, especially for female pilgrims: If you are planning to visit Eunate in the next few days, be alert on the road that descends from Muruzábal to Eunate. An American woman who had made the detour this morning reported the presence of a flasher on the road. I have...
  4. CJ Williams

    Santa María De Eunate (april 2017 Update)

    Good morning everyone: I am starting a new thread here for updates about the re-opening of Santa María de Eunate. On Wednesday I will post information for everyone concerning the hours when the church will be open for visits and the changes that are coming. Subscribe to this thread if you...
  5. CJ Williams

    News regarding Santa María de Eunate

    Good morning everyone! Gosh, I haven't posted anything in a very long time, and I have been largely invisible on the forums... lots of changes, challenges and transitions going on in my life! ;) I'm here today to share with you all one of the biggest and happiest of changes that has recently...
  6. CJ Williams

    PILGRIM ACTION ALERT! Keep Viloria de Rioja on the French Way!

    The little village of Viloria de Rioja is in danger of losing the stretch of the Camino that has run along it streets for a thousand years as a result of the latest phase of the expansion of the A-12 Motorway, called the "Motorway of the Camino" in Spanish. The Ministry of Development intends to...
  7. CJ Williams

    IMPORTANT: The Lepoeder Pass (Route Napoleon) closed from 1 November to 31 March

    Important information for anyone planning to walk the Camino this winter: Given the increasing number of interventions by emergency teams to rescue pilgrims attempting to cross the mountains in winter, as well as the recovery of the bodies of pilgrims who have died in the attempt, authorities...
  8. CJ Williams

    A pilgrim has died on the Camino near Roncesvalles - March 2013

    I don't have all the details yet, but I've just been informed that the body of a Canadian pilgrim was recovered this morning around 11.45 a.m. by the Mountain Rescue Unit of the Guardia Civil and SOS Navarra near Roncesvalles. It seems that he had been missing for several days. He appears to...
  9. CJ Williams

    IMPORTANT: Using smartphones in Camino emergencies

    I posted this information as part of an answer to a question someone asked me on another thread, but I think it bears posting as a thread of its own because of its importance. A smartphone with GPS and 3G coverage should be considered another piece of safety equipment that you bring along on...
  10. CJ Williams

    Using smartphones in Camino emergencies

    I posted this information as part of an answer to a question someone asked me on another thread, but I think it bears posting as a thread of its own because of its importance. A smartphone with GPS and 3G coverage should be considered another piece of safety equipment that you bring along on...
  11. CJ Williams

    IMPORTANT: Advice for pilgrims setting off APRIL 2013

    As I have seen a number of requests for info and posts by folks planning to start the Camino in March, I though I'd post a heads up weather-wise: Roncesvalles and the Pass at Ibañeta are still buried under several meters of snow, and it is snowing today in the north of Navarra. Additionally...
  12. CJ Williams

    All Shook Up in Uterga

    Nah, not really... but there have been a number of small earthquakes on the Camino in the Sierra de Perdón and Uterga over the past week and a half. I've translated the most relevant paragraphs of the report that appeared in the local press over the weekend, and linked to the original article...
  13. CJ Williams

    Navarra to charge for rescues caused by imprudence

    I don't know if someone has already posted this somewhere else on the forum, and I'm planning to cross-post it in several threads because this is VERY IMPORTANT! This news appeared in the local papers here in Navarra this week. I post below a brief translation of the highlights: Five Korean...
  14. CJ Williams

    Navarra to charge for rescues caused by imprudence

    I don't know if someone has already posted this somewhere else on the forum, and I'm planning to cross-post it in several threads because this is VERY IMPORTANT! This news appeared in the local papers here in Navarra this week. I post below a brief translation of the highlights: Five Korean...
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