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  1. jburr3708

    The best hiking trousers...

    I used to like the REI Sahara zip=offs and they were great, but they have changed them and the new ones are very baggy and I am now looking for a different brand.
  2. jburr3708


    I used to use Blogger until it became totally unreliable. For my Camino Portuguese in June I used an app called Blog Touch Pro. It was great and easy to learn. I blogged each day on my iPhone and could save a days blog if I didn't have a decent wifi and upload/post later as needed. A big...
  3. jburr3708

    Sock liners?

    REI have both silk and Coolmax liner socks. I always wear them with merino wool socks and have never had any sign of blisters on 4 Caminos. Smartwool socks with liners are also excellent. Avoid cotton socks as they don't wick moisture but absorb it and almost guarantee blisters.
  4. jburr3708

    Best Breathable Light Hiking Shoes?

    I have worn the same pair of Merrill Moab ventilators for 500 miles on the Via de La Plata and 100 miles on the Camino Portugues plus at lease another 300 miles locally and they were great. No sign of blisters or other problems. I bought them 1 size larger than my regular shoes and wore silk...
  5. jburr3708

    Trekking Poles

    I have the tri-fold poles and I have never had a problem with them in my pack for travel US to Spain for 4 Caminos. No questions have ever been asked traveling in either direction. I would fold them and put them in your pack. No need to declare them as anything special if they are folded.
  6. jburr3708

    wrapping backpack for air travel.

    I get a bag for clothes washing at the Dollar General Store here in USA and my backpack fits in it perfectly. It has a drawstring on the top which I tie around the backpack handle. It is made of polyester and strong enough to survive a one way trip as checked luggage. It weighs literately...
  7. jburr3708

    Altus Ponchos

    I stated with a Ferrino poncho but I sweated so badly I gave it up and bought an Altus in a great little sporting goods shop in Viana. This was and still is excellent. In very hot weather it sweats a little inside but the Ferrino sweated very badly even in cold weather just above freezing with...