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  1. Kbierstube

    Taxi in inclement weather?

    To save weight in my pack and limit discomfort, I'm considering of leaving my rain gear behind and cabbing it if/when inclement weather strikes; Sept 2017. Can cabs (or other transport) be easily be found in most Camino towns? What's pricing like? Silly notion or ??
  2. jo webber

    Surviving in the Heat

    After reading the Hot, Get a Hat thread I decided to post a bit of information on how to survive a heat wave or just heat one is unaccustomed to. I have lived in the desert for 55+yrs, where summer temps reach 115F on a normal summer day. Last year we had a person die almost every weekend from...
  3. NomadJMJ

    Wet Pilgrims

    What happens when lots of very wet pilgrims arrive at albergues? Where do we hang all our wet things? Do bunk areas get real wet?
  4. LisaM

    Rain in September along Camino portugues

    Can anyone tell me how much rain there might be in September between Lisbon and Santiago? I have good quality waterproof pants which are much heavier than a cheaper pair that I have which is not very comfortable. If it rains regularly, I am thinking it would be better to have the comfortable...
  5. R

    Wet feet

    Preparing for my first Camino (Portugues) in one month. I'm well set on shoes with Vasque trail runners, not waterproof, and a two sock system that works for me. My only concern is wet feet which we all know puts us at risk for blisters. Footwear is always a compromise. How have others of you...
  6. Aptrail

    Poncho vs Rain Jacket

    Greetings. This question may have been addressed but I couldn't find it. Does anyone have a recommendation or good reasons why I should take a poncho vs a rain jacket? I am a pretty avid backpacker and have both. I'm in the final stages of preparation now and am excited to leave for Spain...
  7. witsendwv

    Rainjacket/Packcover or Poncho in September

    We will be walking starting Aug. 31 st. Does anyone have a recommendation whether to use a jacket and packcover or a poncho that will cover our packs? It does not seem like there is as much rain in September as many other months. Thanks for your help.
  8. notion900

    Pack covers

    Just a personal opinion - those elasticated pack rain covers are completely useless. In fact, they can collect rain in the bottom and bulge out and make a strange sloshing noise. I highly recommend using waterproof pack liners: Sea To Summit Ultrasil dry sacks are super thin, absolutely...
  9. Susan B Johnson

    Ferrol, rain gear retailers

    I just arrived in Ferrol and see the forecast is rain all week. I brought a rain jacket and poncho. My pants at water resistant but not water proof. Do I need rain pants? Is it possible to buy them here in Ferrol? Any store recommendations? Has any pilgrim ever carried an umbrella...
  10. Kyle Hocking

    Don't Cheap Out on Raingear!

    Hi Camino Friends! I just returned from my first (and hopefully not last) Camino from St. Jean to Santiago which my brother and I completed in 31 days without resting. Along the way, we ran into some of the worst rain I can recall ever being in. The wind was fierce, the mud was awful and the...
  11. D

    Weather in mid to late June from Porto to Santiago

    Hello pilgrims, Our family is planning to walk the Porto-Santiago Camino from June 20 to July 1. We will be taking the interior route. We have read that the weather in mid to late June is rather dry, with only passing showers on occasion. Also, the temperature range is 12-18 Celsius (54-65...
  12. Missing Mike

    Rain Poncho vs Packa

    Where I live today it is raining cats and dogs. I did my training hike almost 10 miles using a heavy plastic rain poncho. I noticed I got very sweaty under it but at the time is wasn't really raining much. Now it is coming down in buckets. So on the Camino should I keep with my simple heavy...
  13. bopper NYC

    I made my own gaitors!

    Having gotten all my gear together, read the forum & guides, weighed all my stuff a bunch of times - I didn't know what to do with myself - so I embarked on a 3 day project of making my own gaitors. They're basically the sleeves off an old rain jacket I wasn't wearing. I cut them, off, added a...
  14. seamusgallen

    Longer rain jacket...

    I'm going to walk the Camino Francés in April and May 2016, and I'm looking at rainwear. But, I can't find a lightweight waterproof jacket that will keep my shorts dry. I don't want to wear rain pants (or a poncho) but all rain jackets seem to end at waist level. Does anyone else have this...
  15. trecile

    Suggested rain gear for August/September camino

    I have this Mountain Hardwear Ghost Lite jackethttp://www.backcountry.com/mountain-hardwear-ghost-lite-jacket-womens that is water resistant, but I know that it won't help me in a real downpour. I think that I'd like to use an umbrella attached to my pack, both for rain and sun protection. I...
  16. ParistoCapeCod

    For Sale Wanted to buy: Two Altus-type used rain ponchos with sleeves

    Leaving mid-April for the Primitivo, any size, color can work. Thanks! (yes, have done the pants/jacket and regular poncho bits already)
  17. Traveler72

    Experience with Quechua Forclaz 75 liter rainponcho

    Hello, For my camino starting on 22-4 from SJPDP i'm looking for a poncho, came across this one, anyone tried this one already ? It has some great specs (only the weight is a bit high) http://www.decathlon.nl/cape-forclaz-75-l-s-m-rood-id_8302453.html In english :)...
  18. NorwegianWalker

    Gore - tex jacket.

    Hi, I'm almost done with my hiking gear and ready for my first Camino. I need a jacket and reading alot of informative treads. I'm still not sure of what jacket I should get. I'm almost certain I will end up with a Gore -Tex but not sure what kind of jacket for the Camino Frances in March/April...
  19. Janet P

    Gaiters or not ?

    I was shopping rain gear the other day and looking at the Gaiters at REI and the salesperson/experienced hiker said I only need gaiters for snow hiking. I am curious if they are standard equipment for April rain along the Camino.
  20. mpallen004

    Rain Gear Product opinions please

    Has anyone had experience with this rain suit? I'm starting the CF in early April and I will need to bring rain gear, 295 grams seems fairly light. http://www.froggtoggs.com/the-frogg-toggsr-ultra-lite2tm-17341.html Thanks, mike