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1st time Pilgrim! No idea even how to begin to start! HELP!

Mac

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I am a first time pilgrim/walker ever! Really excited about giving this a go and thinking of heading out in a few weeks, but I really have no idea how to start! What should I bring? Whats the average time to complete? How much money will I need? I heard something about some pilgrims having had stayed at monestrys or churches on the way is there any truth in this, and where do most pilgrims usually sleep? Hah! basically I need to know any and all info starting from scratch! Also would love to hear from and maybe meet up with any other young people who are also thinking of heading out!
 
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Mac,

Check out the posts in this forum, past and present. Search for particular topics you're interested in. If there's anything not covered, just ask, and a host of angels will answer you.

You can also visit http://www.csj.org.uk.

Mark
 
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"...would love to hear from and maybe meet up with any other young people who are also thinking of heading out!"

If I remember correctly the majority of pilgrims who walk the Roads are in their 20's & 30's. I've also seen a lot of Spaniards in their late teens, particularly during the summertime, when they're on vacation from school. U'll have a blast :!: Best. xm 8)
 
well travelled path, you will love it (and ache and hurt sometimes).....enjoy
 
"If I remember correctly the majority of pilgrims who walk the Roads are in their 20's & 30's. I've also seen a lot of Spaniards in their late teens, particularly during the summertime"

Great! I'm trying to get organised to start by mid May and I'm most likely going to start on my own so would be looking to meet and join up some other pilgrims. Is mid may a good time to start? As far as weather and amounts of other pilgrims go?
 
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Is mid may a good time to start? As far as weather and amounts of other pilgrims go?

From what we hear it has been snowing in Burgos, there seems to be a lot of mud, rains, and what not. Hopefully by then things will be better. A friend told me yesterday that a lot of pilgrims r arriving in Santiago. Best, xm 8)
 
May is normally a good season, despite the fact that this year is not very nice. It will improve.

The best advice for you is to read as many articles in this forum as you can; prepare a list of questions as you go and ask them in the appropriate section.

Getting a good guide helps a lot. You can also find here what people recommend as guides.

Take your time, get a light pack, a good broken pair ok hiking shoes and have fun.

Buen camino mac
 
For me the thing has not been when it's a good time to do the Camino, but rather when do I have my vacation time to experience it. Though...I last did the C Portugues in December, and...it was freezing for me coming from the tropics, never again, vacation time or notl :!: Best, xm 8)
 
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