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    Train/bus from Biarritz to St. Jean Pied de Port

    Gretuka, From Biarritz take the bus to Bayonne station. You catch the bus right outside the airport and then take the direct train from Bayonne to SJPdP. trains leave at 7:45 11:10, 14:56 and 18:06 and take about 1 hour and 20 minutes. You can buy the tickets at the station.
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    How much weight did you actually carry?

    Ahhs, My daughter and I hiked from SJPDP in 2006. We used ultralight packs and including the weight of the pack, I carried 11 pounds (5 kg) and Caitling carried 12 pounds (5.5 kg). That was dry weight, with 3 L of water, that came to about 20 and 21 lbs. We were pretty brutal about what we...
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    Ankle-support: highly important or not

    Just a few points. I was just checking on baggage rules and according to the TSA you can't fly with gel inserts. http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/prohibited/permitted-prohibited-items.shtm I didn't buy a size larger and my feet swelled. It wasn't pleasant. You can buy orthopedic...
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    plantar fasciitis

    Good to hear your PF is getting better. Several years ago I was developed PF. I tried treating myself - bad idea - eventually I could barely walk. I went to my doctor who sent me to a podiatrist. It took 3 or 4 months, several cortisone shots, custom orthotics and a regime of stretching...
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    Route Napoleon

    I also suffer from vertigo. My daughter and I did the Route of Napoleon in May with no problems. We did it in 2 days stopping at Orisson (be sure to make a reservation). There are some drop offs along the trail but you never have to walk near them and the views are spectacular. John
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    Possible Forum Display Bug?

    Ivar, The first message in a forum seems to display fine, but all of the replies are stuck underneath in a narrow column on the right. Might be my browser. Seemed to start in the last day or so. Does anyone else notice anything unusual about the display?
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    Footwear Question

    Check out the Chaco Z-1 hiking sandal, they seem to be very popular with backpackers here even on long distance hikes like the AT or PCT. I'm not daring enough to try but they look interesting. I own a pair of heavy leather boots as well as pair of light weight boots but except in extreme...
  8. J

    physical fitness - need opinion

    Karms, Try walking a little further each day. 5 km a day or 2.5 each way isn't really enough to bring out any problems. You want to do 2 things, improve your overall fitness and find out if there are any problems. Better to find out at home where you have a chance of fixing them than...
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