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  1. Bobcat77

    66 Year-old Irishman starting SJPdP mid-March 2016

    Great forum: all you ever need to know, it seems. Retired last year. 66 in September this year 2015. Catholic. Married 41 years and still holding hands. Wifey is 'allowing' me away for 6 weeks on my own-i-o. (We haven't been apart that long since 1980). Ahhhh. Started physical preparation a...
  2. jsalt

    The lessons I learnt every day on the Camino

    A long post, so not for everyone. Might help newbies, and bring a smile of remembrance to oldies. Lesson 1 (St Jean): get back to the albergue by 10pm or you WILL be locked out. Lesson 2 (Orisson): if you want a bottom bunk claim your bed BEFORE you go for a beer. Lesson 3 (Roncesvalles)...
  3. R

    Camino Frances Guide or things Brierley never told you

    Packing Have list of where you pack stuff in backpack. My pack has 9 zipper pockets in addition to main pack area. Pack size depends on time of year. You need less in warmer months than winter months. I would think a 48 liter bag would be good for any time of year. Many pilgrims had 38 liter...
  4. KerrySA

    Can I do this??

    Hi everyone. I’ve been up all night reading posts, and slightly freaking myself out, so thought I’d post my own little story in the hope of getting some of your valuable advice. I discovered the Camino a few weeks ago by watching ‘The Way’. It has been a tough few years in the UK and so I am...
  5. Anna Shea

    An excess of questions from a first time pilgrim

    Hello everyone! I am planning to walk the Camino Frances solo starting around the 25th of September. This is a semi-last minute decision and I still have a lot to figure out before I start my adventure so any advice would be truly appreciated! I have questions about a lot of unrelated things but...
  6. J

    Camino Littoral - water points, foodstores and camping

    Hello! We, a group of 3 young people from Finland and Portugal, are starting our very first camino in 1,5 weeks. Like usually, we are making plans on last moment! We are going to start from Coimbra, and from Porto onwards follow the Camino Littoral. We have limited amount of both time (21 days)...
  7. L

    Is the Camino safe for a solo female? (and other pressing questions)

    Hi everyone! I've been planning on walking the Camino Frances for a few months now with a friend of mine this upcoming July but he has recently had to cancel due to personal reasons which has made me ask the question of whether or not I will be able to go it alone. We have been prepping together...
  8. tyrrek

    A good first Camino? Ourense-SdC

    I just walked this route in the last week or so, and it struck me that it would be a great option for those looking for a short 'introduction' to the Camino. It's a pretty route, not too challenging after the initial climb out of Ourense, and with some options for distances to walk each day...
  9. Jessica Boldig

    Camino tips for starting from Leon in September

    Hi All, I used these forums a lot while preparing to walk the Camino Frances from Leon to Santiago, and found some really great advice. I thought I would share some info and lessons learned that I discovered in hopes that it might be of use to others. 1. We walked the middle two weeks of...
  10. Parzival

    SJPDP to Finisterre in 30 days? I needs some itinerary help.

    I would like to walk from SJPDP to Finisterre in 30 days. I might be able to get 1 or 2 days more off from work. I have reviewed the online planner, and I can't really wrap my head around it. How does one go about calculating how many days a trip like this will take? In doing my research it...