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  1. Espee84

    Credencial

    FCO have changed their advice - advising against non essential travel to Spain. Won’t be getting on that plane 😥
  2. Espee84

    Credencial

    Man! So sorry to hear people are having a tough time. I think maybe I won’t read any more. This will inevitably be a different experience. I could write so much here, but too much to type on a phone. I will only be walking a few stages and the way I have planned this trip is so different to...
  3. Espee84

    Credencial

    Thanks. I have everything booked. This won’t be a camino ‘verdadero’. Just being sensible and realistic this time. And yes - decided to go despite the quarantine on return 😬
  4. Espee84

    Credencial

    Are you able to write a quick summary?!
  5. Espee84

    Credencial

    Thanks - that’s really kind. I don’t have enough time to get one in the UK before I leave. I will try the tourist office; otherwise I have a few spaces left in the one I used on the VdlP last year.
  6. Espee84

    COVID Credencial in Irún?

    Hi Anyone know where I could get hold of a credencial in Irún (or nearby) during these a Covid times? I’ve heard the municipal albergue is shut, but maybe that’s not the case. Thanks 😊
  7. Espee84

    Credencial

    Hi I’ve heard all albergues on the Norte are closed. Anyone know where I can buy a credencial? (Was hoping to pop into the albergue in Irún). Thank you 😊
  8. Espee84

    Backpacks (again)

    Having said all this I may just take original old pack if it’s going to be sprayed every time I check in at accommodation!!!
  9. Espee84

    Backpacks (again)

    Update: decided that even in normal times I would need to go to London or up to the Lakes to be able to find a shop with a big enough range of backpacks in stock for comparison. So decided to order a few online to try out at home. Spoke to very helpful customer service team at Open Air in...
  10. Espee84

    Backpacks (again)

    @BROWNCOUNTYBOB bought a packable daysack - £2 from Decathlon, 10l, weighs ?30g and no bigger than your palm. It’s survived two Caminos and a lot of heavy use
  11. Espee84

    Backpacks (again)

    Interestingly, the woman from the customer service team at “Trekkit”, who I spoke to this afternoon, said she is 5ft 11 and would still go for a women’s fit backpack (despite her height) because of the position of the straps. Helpful.
  12. Espee84

    Backpacks (again)

    Thanks for this... if only to advertise “Trekkit”. They have a huge range in stock and I spent 30 min discussing backpacks with one of their customer service team. Fantastic!
  13. Espee84

    Backpacks (again)

    Yep - I know pretty much what I want. Ultimately I'm going to have to try some out before I buy.
  14. Espee84

    Backpacks (again)

    Thanks all for further comments. I am a minimalist packer, but on the VdlP the verb “luchar” (to fight) was frequently used as I tried to fit everything in each morning. The pack is really too small, especially when it’s necessary to carry enough water for a 30km stretch and food for more than a...
  15. Espee84

    Backpacks (again)

    Oh but... 😔😕😥
  16. Espee84

    Osprey Backpacks are awesome!

    How have you got on with this pack? Is it big enough? Am I right in thinking it has side access to the main compartment? (Online pics pretty poor!)
  17. Espee84

    Backpacks (again)

    Sound advice, I think... much as I’d love a shiny new, larger pack with some actual *features*...
  18. Espee84

    Backpacks (again)

    Thanks for your post This is the problem. When I looked last year, some 35l packs looked enormous and some 45l packs seemed tiny. The women’s fit ones seemed too petite, and the shoulder strap placement is important as I broke my collarbone recently. I guess I’m more interested in what sort...
  19. Espee84

    Backpacks (again)

    Hi Which backpacks are the current go-to favourites among forum users? My 15ish year old 25-30 litre North Face backpack has served me well for 2 caminos, but really needs replacing now. I am planning a section of a camino in the very near future. Given current circumstances, it's going to...
  20. Espee84

    LIVE from the Camino Santander to Santiago (July/August 2020)

    How is the section between Bilbao and Santander?
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