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  1. james walter purdum iv

    Sticks or no sticks?

    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
  2. james walter purdum iv

    Don't buy a backpack!

    I like the extra room to access my stuff easily. I filled it up in Santiago then jumped on a plane
  3. james walter purdum iv

    What did you bring on the Camino that you wound up not using?

    Fear.. turned that into adrenaline for first three days. And wish I had brought more confidence that I was always going to make it
  4. james walter purdum iv

    Should I get a smaller pack?

    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
  5. james walter purdum iv

    Rain Skirt (wrap, kilt ...)

    “The packa” ---
  6. james walter purdum iv

    Shoe Saga

    solomon gtx mids
  7. james walter purdum iv

    Feedback on Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX boots?

    It took 6 hours of sideways rain to get my feet wet in my ultras..lol
  8. james walter purdum iv

    Feedback on Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX boots?

    Just for that instance. My first Camino so I was a little sheepish going downhill. But I would say they were the greatest. Lightweight waterproof to a degree.. it poured for a couple of days lol
  9. james walter purdum iv

    Feedback on Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX boots?

    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
  10. james walter purdum iv

    Interesting Advice ...

    Terrain not always conducive to the thin soles. I wore mine at nite but never on the trails
  11. james walter purdum iv

    Interesting Advice ...

    Luckily my feet most comfortable in my Solomon gtx mids. Vaseline and a sock liner with a wool sock was my key to success. No blisters
  12. james walter purdum iv

    CamelBak "in" backpack

    Oops my bladder.. lol
  13. james walter purdum iv

    CamelBak "in" backpack

    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
  14. james walter purdum iv

    Will I need a fleece?

    I thought it was bad luck to brush your teeth on the Way
  15. james walter purdum iv

    Will I need a fleece?

    Plus the hostels themselves have donotivo boxes of things "let behind" I left and partook
  16. james walter purdum iv

    Will I need a fleece?

    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...
  17. james walter purdum iv

    Camino Dress Code :-)

    Pictures are one thing but but god only knows your heart! As long as you are on your knees with the transformation bell rings..all is good
  18. james walter purdum iv

    Camino Dress Code :-)

    I brought no pants walked in shorts the whole way! God sees us in our own likeness so in the buff would be appropriate but that's a lot of sunscreen
  19. james walter purdum iv

    Poncho in the wind

    This is not a poncho but a raincoat that encapsulates your pack and has a full zipper in the front and sleeve vents. A man in Virginia makes them..awesome piece of gear. its called the packa
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