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    Body weight. Who cares?

    I find it comical to listen to light people make a big deal about gaining or losing 2 or 3 pounds. Heck, I do that in my sleep. By my name, you can see that I am a heavy person. But I have done the Camino 4 times. I think that the biggest, most important thing that one can do, is to train...
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    Did you ever make it to the Camino?

    Did you ever make it to the Camino?
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    📹If it was me, I would not walk the Camino in September

    Ivar, thanks for the update. In Canada, we have not experienced the second wave yet but I think our turn is next. The Camino has been there for a very long time. It will wait for us :)
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    Confessions of a Fat Pilgrim

    Robo, in my books, you are not fat at all and only could I wish to ever get down to your weight. I am 58 years old, 132 kilos and a body index of 44.85. Heck, if I were your size, I could jog the Camino, lol. But you do make some good points which are worth repeating and that I tell everyone...
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    Weather!!!

    What works for one will not necessarily work for another. That is why it is a very good idea to train with your gear prior to going - to find out what works for you. In 2010, I left SJPP in March during a rain. I had a t-shirt, jacket, and poncho on. The poncho kept me dry from the rain, but...
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    Number of shoes to take (and underwear and other stuff...)

    You should take one shoe/boot per foot. As per underwear or anything other clothing for that matter, you can wear one pair, have one pair drying, and the third pair on the ready. Sure, you can take 5 pair, or 10 pair - you name it - but remember that although each pair weighs very little -...
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    Hiking Shoes, or Hiking Boots?

    I have walked the Camino three times now and have come to this conclusion - practice, practice, and practice. And during all of this practice, you will find what works best for you. No where on the trail do you NEED boots. You might have to stop once in a while with shoes to take a small...
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    Hiking Shoes, or Hiking Boots?

    With less than two weeks before i fly to Spain, I have pretty much made up my mind. I will be wearing a pair of New Balance running shoes. As a last ditch effort, I bought a new pair of Merril hiking shoes and although they felt great in the store, I have wore them on two hikes and they just...
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    Hiking Shoes, or Hiking Boots?

    I have been on the Camino twice and I am still not sure what to wear. Last year, I seen people wearing hiking boots, hiking shoes, running shoes, and sandals. I know of one lady from Canada who is promoting walking the Camino in bare feet. I have five weeks left to go before I hit the Camino...
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    Where are all the Americans???

    What I found when I walked the Camino last September is that it was coincidential on who you met. I met two Americans from Texas on my first day and spent my entire Camino walking with them. I only met maybe two Canadians but when I was talking to people from all over the world, they commented...
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    Hiking Shoes, or Hiking Boots?

    This is why training is so important. Training is not just to get your legs and lungs into shape, but to find out what works best for you. Because everyone is different, what works for one may not work for you. In training, you can try all of the different suggestions - some will work well and...
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    Hiking Shoes, or Hiking Boots?

    I have now completed the Camino. Here is what I observed. 45% of the pilgrims wore either hiking boots or shoes. 45% of the pilgrims wore running shoes. A surprising 10% wore sandles. I only walked through the rain on one day. There was no where near the poop (from cows and sheep) as some...
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    Hiking Shoes, or Hiking Boots?

    The people I know have all started out in SJPP this past Tuesday (yesterday in fact). Arlene, who I have emailed since January and she has contributed on threads here - mainly in the Class of 2012 - wrote today that she has made it to Roncelvales so way to go Arlene! Jane from Irene left a few...
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    Hiking Shoes, or Hiking Boots?

    This really is not the correct thread for this, but because there were a lot of comments about the cancellation of my camino, I wanted to update what is going on. I'm in! :D Leaving Toronto on September 9th and arriving in Madrid on September 10th. Will somehow make my way to Leon where I...
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    Hiking Shoes, or Hiking Boots?

    Allan, It sounds like you have done all of your homework and are ready to go. Good luck - I know that you will be fine Tim
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    Hiking Shoes, or Hiking Boots?

    Hey Doug Thanks for the kind words. I am glad that the knee gave out now rather than after a day or two over there. I know I made the right decision because today it bothered me all day and actually gave out twice. Imay be heading for a replacement. The Camino has been there for 1100 years -...
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    Hiking Shoes, or Hiking Boots?

    HI Annie - thank you for the kind words. My knee has be really acting up - the one I injured in February and I realized two weeks ago that I would not be able to walk the Camino. I have walked just under 1600 kms since January in my training. So I started riding my bike after finding an...
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    Hiking Shoes, or Hiking Boots?

    Hi Another Tim. You can't have too many Tim's. Proud to have you aboard the forum. What I have found out after about 2 and a half years of research, both by asking questions and by trial and error, and believe me, lots of error - is that you have to determine what is best for you. My most...
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    Hiking Shoes, or Hiking Boots?

    On the Camino beginning from SJPP, what would the percentage of uneven rough ground be compared to what could be considered nice trails. This could go a long way in determining running shoes or hiking boots. If the percentage of rough trail is 5%, then maybe running shoes makes more sense???
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    Hiking Shoes, or Hiking Boots?

    We were in the low 90's today, way up here in Canada. It made walking my 5 miles in training very hot and sweaty. But running shoes, sport socks, and no blisters! For the rest of the week, we will have our normal June temperatures of the low 80's. I am expecting that is what I will encounter...
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