I loved my pokes for the first half but then lost them to a crazy hospitelero in cirnuna.. he locked up before I got back from helping a lady to a bus. But I was free and much more confident then so I loved not having poles for the second half. They are very comforting the first half
I walked with a 50 liters antigravity osprey and I loved the fact that I could access all my stuff which was only half the pack without having to dig through or take everything out. Plus I put a few gifts in when I got to Santiago
I wore the gtx mids and they were so comfortable and nary a blister. I did get a rock bruise on the bottom of my right foot coming down from pilgrim statues sat Pamplona. Dragged me for 2 weeks so the soles could be firmer but otherwise a great choice for me
I used the osprey 50l and it does have a bladder insert. I put a bladder in but never used it. There are enough fountains on the first half to use a 1liter bottle and just pound one and refill to drink to the next fountain
I walked the same time in 2015. A long sleeve was good enough for me and I did have "the packa" as a raincoat. But there were a few mornings when it was chilly enough to warrant one.. my teeth chattered until the sun and my pace picked up. But I made it without. A knit cap sewn by the nuns in...