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  1. DoughnutANZ

    How to hike the Camino without falling (too much)

    In a couple of other threads there has been discussion about some parts of the Camino Frances that some people consider to be difficult to walk safely. I could have posted to one of these but thought that it might be useful to try to communicate to a wider audience as my advice can be useful on...
  2. trecile

    What are some Common Camino Misconceptions?

    Note: when you post a misconception please start with "it's a misconception that..." to lessen any confusion Here's a thread to (hopefully) dispel some common Camino misconceptions. Off the top of my head some of the more common misconceptions are: You need to follow guidebook stages. Nope...
  3. Anniesantiago

    Are any webcams on the Camino currently working?

    If you have a link to a working webcam on the Camino, could you post it here? A few I have checked are no longer up.
  4. C clearly

    Am I allowed to carry hiking poles / walking sticks into the airplane cabin with me?

    Here we go - answer to a truly Frequently-Asked Question... Aviation security policies are set by national authorities and they generally state that hiking poles are not allowed in the cabin (carry-on bags), but they are allowed in checked baggage. Airlines follow and communicate these...
  5. davebugg

    How to Properly Size and Fit Footwear for Distance Walking and Backpacking

    There have been a number of recent posts regarding the size and fit of shoes, so I thought I would repost this guide I wrote and have previously posted. Hope that it helps. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- The most important theme for achieving a...
  6. V

    What is the best way to check the weather on the Camino?

    Any suggestions on the best App or Website to check the weather on the Camino Frances please.
  7. P

    Should I make reservations?

    I had originally planned my Camino for April 2020 and that didn't happen... My question, I am now scheduled for April 2022. Should I make reservations for every night? Or should I take my chances? I am doing the Camino Frances, starting in SJPDP. Thank you.
  8. maryloufrommadison

    Travel company or do it myself?

    I plan to start my first Camino (Frances) next April, at age 72. I am female, and will be traveling alone at this point. I am trying to decide if I should use a travel company to make hotel reservations (better sleep, assured of a bed, lessen the risk of Covid) vs. staying in albergues...
  9. C clearly

    How can I use the forum to browse and find information?

    This post might be helpful if you are a new forum user or even a long-time member who has noticed some changes that Ivar has recently made on the forum. Be assured that these changes should not affect the way you have been interacting here on the forum. The main/front page of the forum (that...
  10. C clearly

    What do you like to do when you get to Santiago?

    I realize this has been discussed before, but maybe it's time to reminisce about what we have done, or plan to do, when we arrive in the city of Santiago. I have a favourite place to stay - Hospederia San Martin Pinario, on the pilgrim floor, because it has everything I really want (bed...
  11. LineDenmark

    Do you have tips for meeting people on the Camino?

    While waiting for the world to reopen I am planning my next Camino experience, probably like most of you. I did some of the Camino Frances in 2019. It was a life changing experience for me and I'm proud that I did it alone. I met and talked to many people on the way, but mostly I walked alone...
  12. peregrina2000

    How do you choose your first Camino route?

    Since there seems to be an uptick in optimistic potential pilgrims on the forum, I thought I would raise this issue for broader discussion. It has been discussed before, but fresh eyes and thoughts might be energizing. If you are a newbie, and if you are like me, when you started planning...
  13. jungleboy

    What does the 'spirit of the camino' mean to you?

    I searched for an existing thread like this and although I found a few that mention the camino spirit, I didn't find one where different people explained what it meant to them. The spirit of the camino is a feeling experienced on the trail that can be hard to define or to explain to...
  14. P

    Which size rucksack?

    Can any one advise me which is the size ruck sack in liters do most people take walking the Camino?
  15. henrythedog

    If you set out as a walker, did you become a pilgrim?

    I’m not a philosopher - nor would I say I’m especially religious. (Baptised into the Church of England, therefore belief in God optional) I have ‘camino’d four times so far and intend to carry on twice each year. I set out as a walker - but always find there is something ‘other’ which I feel...
  16. L

    What is the difference between an albergue, hostal and a pension ?

    Just wondering.....
  17. joecamino

    Walking The Camino Without Training. Fool's Errand?

    This feels like the right year for me to walk the Camino-- much change in my life, and many "What's it all about?" questions to chew on. But I'm feeling fear, because I'm not in the best shape of my life. If it's possible to "train as I go," I'd really like to get on the road in May-- before...
  18. Robo

    What is Your Average Walking Distance per Day?

    There have been a few new Pilgrims on the forum recently who seem worried about the distance they 'have' to walk each day. Of course the daily distance is a totally personal thing. So as to make this poll as scientific as possible, this Poll relates to the Camino Frances only and during good...
  19. B

    First-timer female - go it alone or with a tour group?

    I'm planning to hike for one week as that's all I can take off from my job - never been to Spain - female, age 60, doesn't speak the language. Is it wise to sign on with a tour group so I know where I will be staying each night, as well as not going solo? If so, can any companies be...
  20. BrendanB

    What to call it - El Camino or The Way?

    Hi everyone, I am new to the forum and was wondering what do you refer to the Camino as? El Camino or The Way? I have heard from people in Santiago that a lot of people from the States and England refer to it as The Way while most europeans refer to it as El Camino. Can anyone help a fellow...
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