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60 and over on the Camino

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Well over 70 here. Biked the French route few years ago. Went back and walked it. Since then walked the Portuguese and the Ingles.
This May I did the Norte.

By far the Norte was the toughest of all. But made it.

IMHO don't use a tour company for any camino! Period.

If bags are too heavy or you cannot walk long distance with a pack, then use a LAG van. Easy to find van/transport service to move your bag/pack to next anticipated layover.

The TOUR companies are a RIP OFF. No need for such.

Do your camino your way. Take your time. Train up some. But not too much.
Be smart, be safe, and you will be fine.

Take your time. Enjoy YOUR walk. YOUR way.

Good luck.
Blessings
 

wcsjms

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
(2016) ; 1st Camino Frances September 2016-November 2016 ; Camino Frances August 2017-October 2017
Wife and I walked the Frances twice in 11 months (2016 & 2017) For each Camino we were 65 & 66 : 66 & 67 respectively. I had a heart attack in 2005, suffered temporary paralysis in 1999(recovered). On our first Camino Frances my wife broke a bone in her foot, as later affirmed by the surgeon and walked approx. 500 miles on that foot. Second Frances she did damage to tendons in her legs and ended up in the Univ. Hospital @ Burgos. I am going in for surgery on both knees at once in August 2018 just having MRI's done on them and finding torn meniscus and ligaments in both knees from pre-Camino days. In September 2019 we will be trekking the Via de la Plata which is just over 1000 miles. We don't think about our age but we do think about our physical health which we work closely with our medical professionals to heal,monitor and keep us informed. We know our limitations ... sort of. By the way, after my first Camino Frances, our cardiologist performed a heart catherization on me and found that in the "dead' part of my heart new blood vessels were formed and forming !!!! Trek On !!!! and Buen Camino :) Go for as long as you feel good, walk shorter days and definitely take rest days and remember ... IT IS NOT A RACE !!!! :)
 

wcsjms

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
(2016) ; 1st Camino Frances September 2016-November 2016 ; Camino Frances August 2017-October 2017
In your third paragraph, ' start like an old woman...I walked from StJPdP to Santiago for my 80th birthday, with my own 13 lb pack. So I guess you would put me in that category, BUT....I passed 20 & 30 year olds who had to stop walking because of shin splints and infected blisters, so maybe reconsider what some 'old women' are capable of.


WOW !!! AMAZING !!!! Congratulations, I hope I can do that at 80 :D
 

wcsjms

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
(2016) ; 1st Camino Frances September 2016-November 2016 ; Camino Frances August 2017-October 2017
I'm with you John! Last December when arriving again in Santiago at 75 I was totally pooped. Everything ached. After sitting in the cathedral to literally catch my breath and, of course, gave thanks, all felt easier. Now in the peace of retrospection the way calls once again.

lol ... exactly how we felt when we got to Santiago, came back 11 months later did it again and now planning the Via de la Plata for Sept. 2019, over 1000 miles and can't wait !!!! :)
 

wcsjms

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
(2016) ; 1st Camino Frances September 2016-November 2016 ; Camino Frances August 2017-October 2017
I walked my first Camino from St Jean to Finistere in 39 days at the age of 79, and honestly I found it easy. I carried my pack all the way and stayed in albergues because I enjoyed meeting people of all ages from all over the world. But I was very fit because I had done a decent walk of 20kms or so carrying my pack about twice a week, and most of the other days walked locally for about 2 hours. Since then I have walked the Frances 3 more times and several other Caminos. Never had feet problem. Never had a blister. I think the secret is fitness.

You are my hero...wow !!!
 

viajerasolitaria

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
May (2013)
I did the Santiago pilgrimage back in 2013. and I know want to do Santiago to Finisterre. I find the walks are a little long when going through an agency, so perhaps I can do it on my own and take 4 - 5 days. I am a 65 year old female walking solo (or sola)...any suggestions on the stops just doing 10 miles per day, and how to have my suitcase transported from albergue or hotel to hotel. I am unable to carry the weight. Thank you
 

yma01blue

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
npne
I did the Santiago pilgrimage back in 2013. and I know want to do Santiago to Finisterre. I find the walks are a little long when going through an agency, so perhaps I can do it on my own and take 4 - 5 days. I am a 65 year old female walking solo (or sola)...any suggestions on the stops just doing 10 miles per day, and how to have my suitcase transported from albergue or hotel to hotel. I am unable to carry the weight. Thank you
I'm in the same boat as you, so am interested in any responses you receive.
 

Jodean

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
22 Sept. to 21 Oct. 2015, Pamplona to Santiago
6-23.04 Porto to Santiago 2018
17.09-30.09 CF 2018
63 and starting mid Sept. in SJPDP. Hope to meet some of you along the way!

Did almost half the CF when I was 60, did the Portugeuse Camino with my daughter this past April, but am really, really excited for this Camino.
 
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I would love to hear from some senior trekkers about how they planned their Camino adventure. I am planning to walk next year in my 60th year with my 63 yr. old brother. We have concerns about being too ambitous about the distance we can reasonably walk in any given day. We are in good health, but not experienced long distance hikers. Should we join a tour with support van? We would like to try the Camino del Norte in September. We want to walk, but be realistic about it. Any advise would be appreciated.

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[]I would love to hear from some senior trekkers about how they planned their Camino adventure. I am planning to walk next year in my 60th year with my 63 yr. old brother. We have concerns about being too ambitous about the distance we can reasonably walk in any given day. We are in good health, but not experienced long distance hikers. Should we join a tour with support van? We would like to try the Camino del Norte in September. We want to walk, but be realistic about it. Any advise would be appreciated.[/QUOTE]


Dont even think of tour with support. You can always forward backpack some days if required. 60 young I walked Norte in april may this year vldlp 2017 and norte priminito twice in last few years all in my late 60s. 70 next birthday and no problems. Always carry my backpack and never take rest day. An odd slow day about 20 km i consider rest day. Practice on small hills rather than long flat treks buen camino
 

yma01blue

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
npne
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[]I would love to hear from some senior trekkers about how they planned their Camino adventure. I am planning to walk next year in my 60th year with my 63 yr. old brother. We have concerns about being too ambitous about the distance we can reasonably walk in any given day. We are in good health, but not experienced long distance hikers. Should we join a tour with support van? We would like to try the Camino del Norte in September. We want to walk, but be realistic about it. Any advise would be appreciated.


Dont even think of tour with support. You can always forward backpack some days if required. 60 young I walked Norte in april may this year vldlp 2017 and norte priminito twice in last few years all in my late 60s. 70 next birthday and no problems. Always carry my backpack and never take rest day. An odd slow day about 20 km i consider rest day. Practice on small hills rather than long flat treks buen camino[/QUOTE]

You know your body and physical limitations better than anyone else. Don't listen to anyone who may be at a higher physical level than you are. What is the longest distance you've ever walked? Can you walk long distance for consecutive days?
Perhaps you should wait for additional replies. However read the reviews of some of the tours with support
 

cathal Ferris

Member
Camino(s) past & future
29th April to May 31 2014
April to May (2015) starting in Burgos on the (27th April 2015) completing in Santiago on the 10th May flights booked from Dublin into Madrid and alsa bus up to Burgos
12th August 2015 Starting at Croagh Patrick Clew Bay to Downpatrick known as Camino Way of St Patrick
you will probably gain your fitness on the camino keep hydrated do sensible distances at the start which can be increased latter part of the journey change your socks and relax your feet every two hours make sure your shoes /boots are suitable for the conditions and don't carry more than 4Kg. Extra stuff not required can be forwarded to Ivor from the post office in many towns. You will be able to hire a forwarding company that will transport your pack to the next overnight stop where you have previously booked your hostel or hotel.
You will meet fellow pilgrims however do not feel obliged to travel at there speed if walking fast remember to enjoy yourself take in the magnicent stes along the route and carry a daily dairy to record your adventure.

Buen Camino
 

dapemada

New Member
Too old to be a pilgrim/hiker? Nah, I’m 79 and just finished my fifth camino in July (six if the walk from Le Puy en Velay to SJPP counts). My first camino was SJPP to SDC in 2004. I was 66 at the time, not exactly a youngster, far from an athlete and certainly not an experienced hiker, and I found it eminently doable. I did it with my daughter, which added to the enjoyment. (She later told me she only agreed to go because she didn’t think I was serious.) I lived in Spain from 1966 to 1972, so my Spanish is serviceable and no doubt that enhances the experience. My motivation: I was looking to re-capture the Spain of bygone years only to learn that that Spain, for reasons both good and bad, no longer existed. My second camino was in 2006 with one of my sons. It was SJPP to Finisterre and was another wonderful experience. The third was the Le Puy walk in 2009 with folks whom I met on my second camino. The fourth was the via de la plata in 2012, perhaps the most memorable of all. My other two sons met me in Orense for the last part of that walk – they could not afford to take off 40 days to do the entire walk starting in Seville – and I treasure memories of that camino. The next was the Portuguese walk from Porto in 2014, again with friends from a previous camino and again a thoroughly delightful time. And the last was two months ago starting in Ferrol. A difference this time was that I stayed in hotels, having read that the camino ingles was crowded and I did not look forward to, as they say, sleeping rough. It turns out that it was not at all crowded, and I doubt there was competition for beds in the hostels. The advantage of a hotel, besides the assurance of a place to stay, is having one’s own bathroom. The disadvantage is missing out on the camaraderie with other walkers. On reflection, I think the latter outweighs the former. I told myself at the end of that walk that it would be my last, but I’m already having second thoughts So if there is a take home message in all this, it is that one is never too old to walk the camino.
Bob from the USA
 

bearwithme

Member
Camino(s) past & future
October, 2014
September, "2017"
Too old to be a pilgrim/hiker? Nah, I’m 79 and just finished my fifth camino in July (six if the walk from Le Puy en Velay to SJPP counts). My first camino was SJPP to SDC in 2004. I was 66 at the time, not exactly a youngster, far from an athlete and certainly not an experienced hiker, and I found it eminently doable. I did it with my daughter, which added to the enjoyment. (She later told me she only agreed to go because she didn’t think I was serious.) I lived in Spain from 1966 to 1972, so my Spanish is serviceable and no doubt that enhances the experience. My motivation: I was looking to re-capture the Spain of bygone years only to learn that that Spain, for reasons both good and bad, no longer existed. My second camino was in 2006 with one of my sons. It was SJPP to Finisterre and was another wonderful experience. The third was the Le Puy walk in 2009 with folks whom I met on my second camino. The fourth was the via de la plata in 2012, perhaps the most memorable of all. My other two sons met me in Orense for the last part of that walk – they could not afford to take off 40 days to do the entire walk starting in Seville – and I treasure memories of that camino. The next was the Portuguese walk from Porto in 2014, again with friends from a previous camino and again a thoroughly delightful time. And the last was two months ago starting in Ferrol. A difference this time was that I stayed in hotels, having read that the camino ingles was crowded and I did not look forward to, as they say, sleeping rough. It turns out that it was not at all crowded, and I doubt there was competition for beds in the hostels. The advantage of a hotel, besides the assurance of a place to stay, is having one’s own bathroom. The disadvantage is missing out on the camaraderie with other walkers. On reflection, I think the latter outweighs the former. I told myself at the end of that walk that it would be my last, but I’m already having second thoughts So if there is a take home message in all this, it is that one is never too old to walk the camino.
Bob from the USA
Bob, remarkable.

Dan, in North Carolina
 

ShelleyS

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP 9/20/17
I turned 65 last September on the Frances. Loved it. My body objected somewhat to the steep descents, but got used to it after the first 10 days or so with the help of a knee brace. I had such a wonderful time meeting people from all over the world. Many solo walkers and many over 60, 70 and even a few in their 80s. Buen Camino!
 

Tarnz

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Aiming for 2022
I am 68 today. I have walked the C.Frances from Roncesvalles to Santiago over three years. and most of Pamplona to Santiago last year. I was hoping to do part of Camino del Norte next spring. but have just read that the bit from Irun to Bilbao is harder than anything on the Frances. so maybe it is not for me.

I would love to start in St.Jean and go over the Pyreenees. Can anyone give me a bit of encouragement.???

Flights from Dublin to Bilbao in May are just €9.99 at present. It seems a pity to waste such good value.
I want to book and know what I am going to do. I know I can book and keep options open. bus to San Sebastian or Pamplona or Biaritz ??
Please encourage me somebody. The family here think me a bit cracked!!


Hi Lydia,

I have never done a Camino,Im planning to do the CF in 2022,I so wish I could go sooner,however other plans leave me that date. I think you are amazing,having already done other sections on Camino.Go for it Lydia, Buen Camino :):)
 

Tess@rest

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances
Norte
Finstr/Mux
Primitivo
Via la Plata
Sanabres
Portugues
Levante
Lana
Ingles
I had a North Face, 40 lt, but it has now just about disintegrated, so wouldn't recommend it! As Lynne mentioned enter Packing List on the search tool. You will finds loads of good information. Of course, what is necessary for one person does not always apply to another. And as mentioned, don't take anything that you consider "Just in case". You can buy anything you want in Spain, if you really need to. Also by then, you will probably have been walking a while, so you will have become used to the weight of your pack and so you can safer add some extra items, (not too much though), further on in your walk. Anne
North Face has great customer service. If your pack fell apart due to construction or materials they will replace it ...mine was replace a couple of years ago. Call North Face or drop by one of their stores. If it can't be fixed they may also offer you a gift certificate towards a new pack. It never hurts to ask....
 

annakappa

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Part frances jun 07/rest frances may- jun 2008/Frances sept-oct 2009/ Sanabres Oct 2010/Frances sept-oct 2011/Aragones Sept-Oct 2012. Hospitalero Sept 2010, Amiga in Pilgrim's Office Oct 2013. Part Primitivo Oct 2013. Portugues from Porto June 2015.
North Face has great customer service. If your pack fell apart due to construction or materials they will replace it ...mine was replace a couple of years ago. Call North Face or drop by one of their stores. If it can't be fixed they may also offer you a gift certificate towards a new pack. It never hurts to ask....
Thanks for the suggestion, but this was many years ago. Actually also my husband's North Face disintegrated too ( similar model, but larger. The material was the same). Besides, these packs were taken for me from the States to where we live in Costa Rica. Even if I had thought about complaining, which I didn't, it would have envolved the hassle of getting them back to REI! The packs were thrown out with the rubbish. I then purchased an Osprey, which is still going strong after I think, 5 different Caminos!
I just checked my original posting: it was back in 2011! Lots of Caminos since then! I've even lent it to other Pilgrims who couldn't get a suitable ladies backpack here in Costa Rica!
 
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owms2323

Credential question
Camino(s) past & future
Camino de Frances (2014) Camino Frances (2016) Camino Finisterre/Muxia (2017)
I am 68 today. I have walked the C.Frances from Roncesvalles to Santiago over three years. and most of Pamplona to Santiago last year. I was hoping to do part of Camino del Norte next spring. but have just read that the bit from Irun to Bilbao is harder than anything on the Frances. so maybe it is not for me.

I would love to start in St.Jean and go over the Pyreenees. Can anyone give me a bit of encouragement.???

Flights from Dublin to Bilbao in May are just €9.99 at present. It seems a pity to waste such good value.
I want to book and know what I am going to do. I know I can book and keep options open. bus to San Sebastian or Pamplona or Biaritz ??
Please encourage me somebody. The family here think me a bit cracked!!
I did the CF from St Jean to Santigo twice, once at 67 and once at 69. Stopped in Orisson the first night and sent my pack ahead. My sister was 71 when she did it. Go for it. We did bus into and out of Leon. You can do it. Take your time and enjoy.
 

wcsjms

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
(2016) ; 1st Camino Frances September 2016-November 2016 ; Camino Frances August 2017-October 2017
I am 68 today. I have walked the C.Frances from Roncesvalles to Santiago over three years. and most of Pamplona to Santiago last year. I was hoping to do part of Camino del Norte next spring. but have just read that the bit from Irun to Bilbao is harder than anything on the Frances. so maybe it is not for me.

I would love to start in St.Jean and go over the Pyreenees. Can anyone give me a bit of encouragement.???

Wife and I walked the Frances twice in 11 months (2016 & 2017) from SJJP to Santiago. For each Camino we were 65 & 66 : 66 & 67 respectively. I had a heart attack in 2005, suffered temporary paralysis in 1999(recovered). On our first Camino Frances my wife broke a bone in her foot, as later affirmed by the surgeon and walked approx. 500 miles on that foot. Second Frances she did damage to tendons in her legs and ended up in the Univ. Hospital @ Burgos. I went in for surgery on both knees at once in August 2018 finding torn meniscus and ligaments in both knees from pre-Camino days. Since my August operation I have torn my MCL and repairing it.

In September 2019 we will be trekking the Via de la Plata which is just over 1000 km. We don't think about our age but we do think about our physical health which we work closely with our medical professionals to heal,monitor and keep us informed. We know our limitations ... sort of. By the way, after my first Camino Frances, our cardiologist performed a heart catherization on me and found that in the "dead' part of my heart new blood vessels were formed and forming !!!! Trek On !!!! and Buen Camino :) Go for as long as you feel good, walk shorter days and definitely take rest days and remember ... IT IS NOT A RACE !!!! :) You can it as long as you go at your own pace. Buen Camino !!! :)
 

Daxzentzu

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
FRANCES (2018) in planning
I would love to hear from some senior trekkers about how they planned their Camino adventure. I am planning to walk next year in my 60th year with my 63 yr. old brother. We have concerns about being too ambitous about the distance we can reasonably walk in any given day. We are in good health, but not experienced long distance hikers. Should we join a tour with support van? We would like to try the Camino del Norte in September. We want to walk, but be realistic about it. Any advise would be appreciated.

I’m 65 in 3 weeks time and I’ve just followed the way of St James from St Jean and when I received my certificate in SDC yesterday, it said 799km.

My Camino was a pilgrimage and I’m certainly not an athlete. So I took it steady and walked solo - just the three of us - my body, myself and Christ.

Age is not a determinant in my view - it’s about being in-tune with your reasons for starting the Camino - your way - whatever you do is the right way.

I found that it took my legs 2 hours to “warm up” so I’d set out about sunrise and walk for 3 hours straight and then I’d rest up at one of the wonderful bar/restaurants along the way and have refreshment- coffee and tortilla (potato omlette with bread). Then I’d check how far I could walk in the next three hours and then deciding which albergue I’d stay the night in.

So what I’m saying is don’t measure the distance - measure the hours you walk - 2 sessions of 3 hours is plenty.

Interesting- as your body tunes in a third session - wholly unexpectedly becomes a real possibility.

I went off Camino a lot and I have walked 1002 kilometres since Nov 1st and that was my experience.

The other thing is - tune into your body - if you listen - it will tell you what it needs - you’ll be craving things you never eat at home - for me it was liquorice or haribo, salted nuts, mandarin oranges and calamari - perfect for my knees.

I have so many more insights

Enjoy it

Buen Camino
 

DevereUx

Devereaux
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Sept-Oct 2018
Go for it...always!
I'm 73 and did SJPDP to SdC from 9/18-10/25.
Took my time especially in the first two weeks.
Then added miles later, when I was acclimated to walking such distance every day.
Such a joy to get up every morning and watch the sunrise as I walked.
I miss the trail so much.
I even miss the rainy days!
Nothing like the Camino! Nothing!
 

wcsjms

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
(2016) ; 1st Camino Frances September 2016-November 2016 ; Camino Frances August 2017-October 2017
I wholeheartedly agree, except for those with very limited time, the Camino is not a race. My wife and I trekked the Frances twice in 11 months(2016 & 2017) we are in our late 60's, we are coming back in 2019 for either the Frances or Via da le Plata. Go for it... like you said ....two 3 hour sessions :) Buen Camino
 
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I would love to hear from some senior trekkers about how they planned their Camino adventure. I am planning to walk next year in my 60th year with my 63 yr. old brother. We have concerns about being too ambitous about the distance we can reasonably walk in any given day. We are in good health, but not experienced long distance hikers. Should we join a tour with support van? We would like to try the Camino del Norte in September. We want to walk, but be realistic about it. Any advise would be appreciated.
Just go and do it take your time. each day assess yourself and see how you feel. I am 73 and have done the Camino for ten years. Next year I plan on going again on 74 birthday. The best to you both.
 

mousehog

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2018)
I finished my first Camino (Frances) earlier this year. I can’t help it! I want to do another one. I miss the villages, the trails, the scenery and the cafes. And the Cathedrals. I would start early April. I haven’t picked one yet. I would love to walk from Eastern Europe (Budapest?) which would most likely take a few months.

Are there any good apps that give the route from faraway places?
 

GingerHaddad

Member
Camino(s) past & future
September (2018)
I would love to hear from some senior trekkers about how they planned their Camino adventure. I am planning to walk next year in my 60th year with my 63 yr. old brother. We have concerns about being too ambitous about the distance we can reasonably walk in any given day. We are in good health, but not experienced long distance hikers. Should we join a tour with support van? We would like to try the Camino del Norte in September. We want to walk, but be realistic about it. Any advise would be appreciated.
I’m 65 and walked Sarria to Santiago Sept. 13-19 this year. My longest day was 14 miles, my shortest 9. I was a newbie so I asked Katherine Baldwin at Follow the Camino to help me with places to stay and luggage transfer - she was outstanding. I started out carrying an 18 pound pack but was having problems with balance on the downhills, so I bought a small daypack and started sending my big bag (Osprey 35) ahead. It only cost 3-5 euro a day and it was SO worth it! Follow the Camino also has a training plan you can find on Pinterest that was so helpful. My legs were ready, but I didn’t do enough hills to adequately train my lungs (no hills in Florida). One of the reasons my pack was too big was the weather forecast was for cool weather, changed while I was en route, 85 and humid most days, so I had several thing that never got worn! Another reason to send a bag ahead! Just buy a cheap carryon size roller bag, check it in so you can pack your poles and knife, and send it ahead each day keeping only a daypack with meds and whatever you need for the day. Those were the lessons I learned, but it was wonderful!
Buen Camino
 

Pen and Pencil

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
Kumano Kodo
Caminho Portugues
The Camino is not a race . . . it's to be enjoyed. Just walk at a pace with which you are comfortable. My wife and I did our first walk 4 years ago averaging 19.5k per day over 41 days.
Last year we walked the Kumono Kodo in Japan . . . . both the CF and KK are the only UNESCO world heritage listed walks.
In April/March this year 2019 we are walking the Lisbon/Santiago.

So you asked about getting too old . . . . but here's the crunch
I'm turning 80 this year and my wife 76. And an even bigger crunch . . . my wife is a below the knee amputee (left leg since she was 6yo) and we carry our own packs.

Each persons walk is an event . . . and you are the star.

Walk on my friend . . . stay healthy and it's simple, just one foot in front of the other. Enjoy.
Buen Camino
 

jkberry

Member
Camino(s) past & future
1st Frances, 9/18
2nd Portuguese 5/20
I walked the Camino Frances this last fall at 61. It was hard, and made more challenging by very strong heat at the beginning and snow in the middle, but I did the whole thing and was thrilled to march into Santiago the last day! Feet are important and I wore trail runner and very good socks. Changed my socks in the middle of long days and really took care of my feet. Never got a blister and never tried to keep up though it was tempting when I met groups I loved. I went about 20k a day (most I did was 30k) and stayed in places that interested me rather than fit the guidebook suggestions. That way I saw lovely places, ate some great food and stayed in smaller towns. It changed my life. Best to you. My friend Tim Roberts took this picture of me. Doesn't it make you want to go right now?Me on Camino.jpg
 

SSojourn

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2019 Plan walk solo in April. SJP to St. James, Santiago
I would love to hear from some senior trekkers about how they planned their Camino adventure. I am planning to walk next year in my 60th year with my 63 yr. old brother. We have concerns about being too ambitous about the distance we can reasonably walk in any given day. We are in good health, but not experienced long distance hikers. Should we join a tour with support van? We would like to try the Camino del Norte in September. We want to walk, but be realistic about it. Any advise would be appreciated.
I will start my Camino in one month @ 66. Have been skiing for 30 days over 2 months and walk everywhere. Keep the faith and you will accomplish anything you set your mind to do. Penpal?
 

SSojourn

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2019 Plan walk solo in April. SJP to St. James, Santiago
I walked the Camino Frances this last fall at 61. It was hard, and made more challenging by very strong heat at the beginning and snow in the middle, but I did the whole thing and was thrilled to march into Santiago the last day! Feet are important and I wore trail runner and very good socks. Changed my socks in the middle of long days and really took care of my feet. Never got a blister and never tried to keep up though it was tempting when I met groups I loved. I went about 20k a day (most I did was 30k) and stayed in places that interested me rather than fit the guidebook suggestions. That way I saw lovely places, ate some great food and stayed in smaller towns. It changed my life. Best to you. My friend Tim Roberts took this picture of me. Doesn't it make you want to go right now?View attachment 53320
Very inspiring!
 

JillGat

la tierra encantada
Camino(s) past & future
C. Frances SJPP - Finisterre - Muxia (May 2016)
C. Frances (Sept 2017)
Camino Portugues (June 2019)
I walked the Camino Frances this last fall at 61. It was hard, and made more challenging by very strong heat at the beginning and snow in the middle, but I did the whole thing and was thrilled to march into Santiago the last day! Feet are important and I wore trail runner and very good socks. Changed my socks in the middle of long days and really took care of my feet. Never got a blister and never tried to keep up though it was tempting when I met groups I loved. I went about 20k a day (most I did was 30k) and stayed in places that interested me rather than fit the guidebook suggestions. That way I saw lovely places, ate some great food and stayed in smaller towns. It changed my life. Best to you. My friend Tim Roberts took this picture of me. Doesn't it make you want to go right now?View attachment 53320
I know exactly where this picture was taken. I have a picture of me where you are in the spring (all green) and in the fall (autumn colors like in your pic.)
 

Susan M Fron

SusanM
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (August 2019)
I would love to hear from some senior trekkers about how they planned their Camino adventure. I am planning to walk next year in my 60th year with my 63 yr. old brother. We have concerns about being too ambitous about the distance we can reasonably walk in any given day. We are in good health, but not experienced long distance hikers. Should we join a tour with support van? We would like to try the Camino del Norte in September. We want to walk, but be realistic about it. Any advise would be appreciated.
I will be walking for the first time this August for about 7 weeks. That's about 12 miles a day, some shorter, some longer. I plan to carry my pack but will be realistic if I have to send it on some days. I am also realistic about possibly taking a bus to the next planned stop. I have always been a walker so I don't plan to have too much difficulty but one never knows. Buen Camino.
 

JillGat

la tierra encantada
Camino(s) past & future
C. Frances SJPP - Finisterre - Muxia (May 2016)
C. Frances (Sept 2017)
Camino Portugues (June 2019)
I am over 60 and would recommend walking the Frances. It is beautiful and varied and there is lots of infrastructure, so you can stop when you want.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Francis SJPDP-SDC (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017) , Norte 2018
Pilgrim Office 2018, Hospitalero Acebo 2019
I know exactly where this picture was taken. I have a picture of me where you are in the spring (all green) and in the fall (autumn colors like in your pic.)
Please post your picture!! Your fans want to see it. Thank you. Ed
 
Camino(s) past & future
cycled from Pamplona Sep 2015;Frances, walked from St Jean May/June 2017. Plans to walk Porto 2020
I would love to hear from some senior trekkers about how they planned their Camino adventure. I am planning to walk next year in my 60th year with my 63 yr. old brother. We have concerns about being too ambitous about the distance we can reasonably walk in any given day. We are in good health, but not experienced long distance hikers. Should we join a tour with support van? We would like to try the Camino del Norte in September. We want to walk, but be realistic about it. Any advise would be appreciated.

Hola @Labtails - as one who had climbed Mt Kilimanjaro (in my 60th year) I just followed on with a similar training routine. A couple of 10km (6.5 mile) walks too or three times per week and built up. In reality if you have a light pack (say 10 kg - 22 lb or less) you do not need to do a big training routine - just your daily walks. Once on the camino - of old rule of "slow and steady" is surely the best - Oh and get a couple of good quality walking poles. Most good trekking shops will have the ones I am talking about - another thing get walking shoes that have a good layer of cushion support - even buy extras if the ones supplied are up to scratch. Cheers
 

OzAnnie

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
'CP, Frances,Norte,Salv/prim;Le puy, Inglés, CDM, Invierno, Fin/Mux, Vdlp 2019>Táb/ Prt Levante 2020
Actually I'm not in the fotos, but here they are!
Hi Jill
Although I’m hanging out for spring colour soon on the Vdlp ; there’s a lot to be said for the fall (autumn) colours in your pics. They glow.

Buen Camino
Annie
 

JillGat

la tierra encantada
Camino(s) past & future
C. Frances SJPP - Finisterre - Muxia (May 2016)
C. Frances (Sept 2017)
Camino Portugues (June 2019)
I love the spring best! Longer days, lots of flowers and green (which we don't have a lot of in New Mexico). Looking forward to hearing about your walk. Will you have a blog?
 

OzAnnie

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
'CP, Frances,Norte,Salv/prim;Le puy, Inglés, CDM, Invierno, Fin/Mux, Vdlp 2019>Táb/ Prt Levante 2020
I love the spring best! Longer days, lots of flowers and green (which we don't have a lot of in New Mexico). Looking forward to hearing about your walk. Will you have a blog?
I don’t blog but if I have something to say about my day I’ll post on the forum (if I start !!!!!!!)- about (being over 60)..
I turned 70 a couple of weeks ago. 3 days ago I came out with a case of shingles. I wasn’t expecting them and they’re not fun. Just on 2 weeks to departure.
Annie
 

Albertagirl

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015); Aragones-Frances (2016); VdlP-Sanabres (2017); Madrid-Frances-Invierno (2019)Levante
I don’t blog but if I have something to say about my day I’ll post on the forum (if I start !!!!!!!)- about (being over 60)..
I turned 70 a couple of weeks ago. 3 days ago I came out with a case of shingles. I wasn’t expecting them and they’re not fun. Just on 2 weeks to departure.
Annie
@OzAnnie
You have my sympathy. I too am 70 and planning my next camino, but my case of shingles is in the past. As you say, "they're not fun." I managed to get an anti-viral injection within the first two days, and the shingles subsided. The injection was very expensive, for my graduate student's budget at the time. And it would not have worked if I had not got the diagnosis and injection very soon. I understand that there is now a vaccine to prevent shingles, for the many of us who had chicken pox as children. Of course, this is no help to you, but perhaps some older adults on the forum who know they had chicken pox as children might consider getting the vaccination as a preventive measure. I cannot advise you, but I hope that with your doctor's advice you might decide whether to put off your camino until the shingles subside. I don't think I could have walked a camino with shingles. Blessings on your way, whenever you decide to walk.
 

pelerine

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Norte 10, Primitivo 13, Plata 14+15, Salvador 16, Torres 17, Portugues 18, Mozarabe 19
I don’t blog but if I have something to say about my day I’ll post on the forum (if I start !!!!!!!)- about (being over 60)..
I turned 70 a couple of weeks ago. 3 days ago I came out with a case of shingles. I wasn’t expecting them and they’re not fun. Just on 2 weeks to departure.
Annie

Poor you! If you have not done so yet, do get treatment urgently! The sooner you get it the likelier it will be successful. I got shingles in December, treatment after one week turned out no good any longer and I can still feel it sslightly! Turning 79 next week and starting the Mozárabe from Almeria end of April
 

OzAnnie

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
'CP, Frances,Norte,Salv/prim;Le puy, Inglés, CDM, Invierno, Fin/Mux, Vdlp 2019>Táb/ Prt Levante 2020
@OzAnnie
You have my sympathy. I too am 70 and planning my next camino, but my case of shingles is in the past. As you say, "they're not fun." I managed to get an anti-viral injection within the first two days, and the shingles subsided. The injection was very expensive, for my graduate student's budget at the time. And it would not have worked if I had not got the diagnosis and injection very soon. I understand that there is now a vaccine to prevent shingles, for the many of us who had chicken pox as children. Of course, this is no help to you, but perhaps some older adults on the forum who know they had chicken pox as children might consider getting the vaccination as a preventive measure. I cannot advise you, but I hope that with your doctor's advice you might decide whether to put off your camino until the shingles subside. I don't think I could have walked a camino with shingles. Blessings on your way, whenever you decide to walk.
Thanks Mary Louise @Albertagirl
Yes it’s worth mentioning for others any tips ..
I found out on the day I got shingles that in Australia for those 70 + there is a free shingles preventative injection. Also one for pneumonia and of course the flu.
I was not aware .. the doctor prescribed a 7 day course of anti viral tablets. 2 off 3 times a day.

I would recommend anyone 60 or over asking about this as it can be mild but it can also have lasting effects.

I’ll see how I feel in a week and make a call then.
I agree that feeling as I do today, I would not like to be carrying a backpack and being so physical (like walking any stage of the Vdlp )

Annie
 
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OzAnnie

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
'CP, Frances,Norte,Salv/prim;Le puy, Inglés, CDM, Invierno, Fin/Mux, Vdlp 2019>Táb/ Prt Levante 2020
Poor you! If you have not done so yet, do get treatment urgently! The sooner you get it the likelier it will be successful. I got shingles in December, treatment after one week turned out no good any longer and I can still feel it sslightly! Turning 79 next week and starting the Mozárabe from Almeria end of April
Thanks Pelerine. I noticed it immediately- I had thought initially that it was just soreness in my glutes from overworking at the gym. Then I noticed the rash starting. The doctor mentioned that it was early and the anti viral course would be more effective.. Well it’s now day 4. Still burning.
How long did yours take for the burning pain and rash to subside ?
I’ve frightened myself a bit too much reading all about it on mr google.

Annie
 

Albertagirl

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015); Aragones-Frances (2016); VdlP-Sanabres (2017); Madrid-Frances-Invierno (2019)Levante
@OzAnnie
I am so glad for you that you got treatment right away. Two of my brothers got shingles when I did and did not see a doctor right away. Both had it for some time. I had to beg a nurse who was doing triage at a clinic to let me see a doctor on a Saturday. She had no idea what shingles looked like. If I had waited for two days, the anti-viral might not have worked. Now that I think about it, my anti-viral may have been pills by mouth. In any case, it worked. But I would certainly ask my doctor about a vaccine if I were planning a camino and knew that I had had chicken pox as a child, or thought that I might have. You are doing your fellow citizens a favour by letting them know what free vaccines are available to them. I hope that all will be well and you will be able to go on camino as planned.
 

SSojourn

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2019 Plan walk solo in April. SJP to St. James, Santiago
I don’t blog but if I have something to say about my day I’ll post on the forum (if I start !!!!!!!)- about (being over 60)..
I turned 70 a couple of weeks ago. 3 days ago I came out with a case of shingles. I wasn’t expecting them and they’re not fun. Just on 2 weeks to departure.
Annie
Please do not go until your shingles are in the non contagious stage. Better for you and everyone who may be exposed. Thank you.
 

Michael-FL

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Caminho Portugues (2017)
Frances/Salvador/Primitivo (2021)
I would love to hear from some senior trekkers about how they planned their Camino adventure. I am planning to walk next year in my 60th year with my 63 yr. old brother. We have concerns about being too ambitous about the distance we can reasonably walk in any given day. We are in good health, but not experienced long distance hikers. Should we join a tour with support van? We would like to try the Camino del Norte in September. We want to walk, but be realistic about it. Any advise would be appreciated.
Welcome - but I take exception to the “senior” bit, so don’t sell yourself short. If you’re reasonably fit, you should have no issues. Just listen to your body, keep yourself well-hydrated and you’ll do fine. I’m 60+ (it’s only a number), run 6-7 miles per day at a decent pace and compete in community running events. I walked the Portugues summer ‘17 and my only issue was not drinking enough water (it was August). Buen Camino
 

FLEUR

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2012 - 2016
Voie de Paris / Tours Aulnay to Saintes 2017
Camino del Baztan 2018
In the U.K. a one off dose of anti shingles vaccine is offered FOC for all at age 70
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances sept-oct 2018
(Via Tolosana Sept 2020 - alas! deferred)
It's the same in Australia (free over 70) and in some cases, your Dr can arrange for you to have it even before that age. I have a bad Hx of recurring cold sores and shingles and I am getting the vax soon, at age 65.
 

C.C.

Member
Camino(s) past & future
May 2017
65 on my first Camino...this year would have been my 4th if not for Covid. Slow but steady, listen to your body and. Travel light. If you really need it, you can most likely find it on the camino
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances in 2016, Portuguese in 2017, and Frances again in 2018. Madrid to Ponferrada 2019.
I walked my first Camino from St. Jean to Santiago in 2016 and it took me about 38 days. I took my time, met wonderful people and definitely drank the Kool-Aid. I returned in 2017 and walked the Portuguese route and from Santiago to Fisterre to Muxia and back to Santiago. In 2018 I walked to Santiago from Pamplona. In 2019 I walked the Madrid Camino and joined the Frances to Ponferrada. I intended to walk again in 2020 but due to covid-19 was unable to get to Spain. I hope to walk again in the spring of 2021. I am currently 73 and in decent shape, not exceptional. I never was a hiker and was drawn to the Camino because of the potential life changing aspects. The Camino continues to not disappoint and has become part of my annual self care maintenance. I hope to continue to walk the Camino until that is no longer possible. As others have said: take your time, listen to your body , enjoy, step out of your comfort zone whenever you feel the inner nudge to do so, listen to the stories of other pilgrims and locals and share your story when you feel so moved. Each year I walk, I notice how my story, the way I tell the story of who I am changes, becomes healthier, less judgemental of self and others, more accepting of self and others , more free and loving. I remember speaking with the son of a proprietor of a hotel on the Camino. He said that his father had walked the Camino five times. I asked did you notice any change in your father after his various Caminos. The young man answered, " every time, after each Camino he was more human".
 

Walkerooni

Member
Camino(s) past & future
C. Frances SJPdP to Santiago (June-ish 2018)
Walked my first Camino 2 years ago at 64. Am typically very active, but trained specifically, upping my normal 2x/week runs and 3x/week walks into gradually longer twice daily walks at least 5 days/week. Try to mimic what you will actually be doing when you’re out there. I also did upper body work at the gym 3x/week knowing I would be carrying my pack, and wanted the weight of the pack to be a non-issue. There are those who would argue this is over-training, but I never felt that way, and it allowed me to comfortably walk from SJPdP to Santiago in 35 days of walking, take an extra day to enjoy Burgos and Leon, walk injury and blister-free, enjoying every step. Contrast that with the 30 year olds who started with a flurry, but who I passed later, limping along, badly injured. Or those with a dozen blister on each foot, wondering what had happened since “I went for two 10k walks before I came.” I repeat, try to mimic what you will do on the Camino for a period of time before you leave home! It will serve you well. Many seem to not train, thinking they will get stronger as they go. And they may. Or they may totally break down. Training will be the difference between those possibilities. Buen Camino. You will be fine. As long as you can find a way to legally travel from the U.S. to Spain.
 

Albertagirl

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015); Aragones-Frances (2016); VdlP-Sanabres (2017); Madrid-Frances-Invierno (2019)Levante
Walked my first Camino 2 years ago at 64. Am typically very active, but trained specifically, upping my normal 2x/week runs and 3x/week walks into gradually longer twice daily walks at least 5 days/week. Try to mimic what you will actually be doing when you’re out there. I also did upper body work at the gym 3x/week knowing I would be carrying my pack, and wanted the weight of the pack to be a non-issue. There are those who would argue this is over-training, but I never felt that way, and it allowed me to comfortably walk from SJPdP to Santiago in 35 days of walking, take an extra day to enjoy Burgos and Leon, walk injury and blister-free, enjoying every step. Contrast that with the 30 year olds who started with a flurry, but who I passed later, limping along, badly injured. Or those with a dozen blister on each foot, wondering what had happened since “I went for two 10k walks before I came.” I repeat, try to mimic what you will do on the Camino for a period of time before you leave home! It will serve you well. Many seem to not train, thinking they will get stronger as they go. And they may. Or they may totally break down. Training will be the difference between those possibilities. Buen Camino. You will be fine. As long as you can find a way to legally travel from the U.S. to Spain.
I did no trainiing at all for my first camino, which I walked at the age of 68, or indeed, for any other camino. But I was an experienced walker, both locally in my city and in the mountains near my home. I did a reasonable amount of planning, including walking short days for about a week, until I got into my stride, I ended up with a lot of extra time at the end of my camino, because I had given myself extra days, which I did not need. I settled into a rhythm of about twenty or twenty-five kilometre days. I did not find walking the camino or carrying a pack at all strenuous. But then, I was comparing it to a lifetime of walking, not for exercise, but for transport in the city and holidaying in the mountains. This might not work at all for someone with limited walking experience. If you can train, and feel that you need to, go ahead. If you are not sure of your ability to walk long distances, be sure to give yourself extra time and start slowly. Our bodies are made for walking, but may need a little help if we have not kept up the practice.
 

Meggins

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances - One complete St.J.P.P to Santiago plus twice more for 500km each time.
I am 68 today. I have walked the C.Frances from Roncesvalles to Santiago over three years. and most of Pamplona to Santiago last year. I was hoping to do part of Camino del Norte next spring. but have just read that the bit from Irun to Bilbao is harder than anything on the Frances. so maybe it is not for me.

I would love to start in St.Jean and go over the Pyreenees. Can anyone give me a bit of encouragement.???

Flights from Dublin to Bilbao in May are just €9.99 at present. It seems a pity to waste such good value.
I want to book and know what I am going to do. I know I can book and keep options open. bus to San Sebastian or Pamplona or Biaritz ??
Please encourage me somebody. The family here think me a bit cracked!!

Absolutely! I walked 600km last Fall. Due to a back issue and also a knee one, I had decided not to walk more than 20km a day. This I did except for 1 day when I did 21 - had to reach Castrojerez for an ATM - no euros left! Sure you can do the Pyrenees - make a reservation (early) to stay at Orisson and also one at Roncevalles for the next night. You will be just fine if your pack is light enough and you walk slowly at your pace and don't try to keep up with anyone else. If you feel your pack may be too heavy - you can ship it ahead to Orisson and to Roncevalles also and just walk with a daypack, plenty of water and food! PS I was 74 am now 75 and planning for my next time in a couple of years.
 

Juspassinthrough

in our minds, we're vagabonds, you and I
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2017)
Camino Inglés 2019
Leon-Sarria, June (2019)
Camino Aragonés (2023?)
I would love to hear from some senior trekkers about how they planned their Camino adventure. I am planning to walk next year in my 60th year with my 63 yr. old brother. We have concerns about being too ambitous about the distance we can reasonably walk in any given day. We are in good health, but not experienced long distance hikers. Should we join a tour with support van? We would like to try the Camino del Norte in September. We want to walk, but be realistic about it. Any advise would be appreciated.

I too walked my first Camino (CF) on 2017 as a celebration of my 60th birthday but I walked with friends who were older. We got in shape by walking together here in Dallas. First shorter walks, then longer with our loaded packs, we were a sight. Not many hills here so I added stairs to my regimen. Nothing hard core, it was friends out for a walk. Once you get there, walk at your pace and walk only as far as you want. You will walk yourself into Camino shape, for me by the time I got to Pamplona I was physically and psychologically ready. We met younger friends in Sarria, they could not believe how we climbed the hills so fast. We went back last year, the Inglés this time. At least one more in 2023 on the Aragones/Francés. So, go for it. Buen Camino.
 
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Bogong

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
First, March 2014
I am 68 today. I have walked the C.Frances from Roncesvalles to Santiago over three years. and most of Pamplona to Santiago last year. I was hoping to do part of Camino del Norte next spring. but have just read that the bit from Irun to Bilbao is harder than anything on the Frances. so maybe it is not for me.

I would love to start in St.Jean and go over the Pyreenees. Can anyone give me a bit of encouragement.???

Flights from Dublin to Bilbao in May are just €9.99 at present. It seems a pity to waste such good value.
I want to book and know what I am going to do. I know I can book and keep options open. bus to San Sebastian or Pamplona or Biaritz ??
Please encourage me somebody. The family here think me a bit cracked!!


Here's a left field suggestion. Catch the ferry from Portsmouth to Bilbao, do over the Guggenheim etc.Local train to San Sebastian stay a few days. This is a fabulous boutique city that makes Paris look like a dump. Local train to Irun, change to French line to Bayonne, then the usual train to St J pied de Port to start the Frances. I was 69 when I walked in winter 2014 the weather was vile and it took 26 days. I'm around 70kg and was carrying a 16kg pack which I stripped down to 12 from Ponferrada on.Depends on how fit you are (I was fit), how grimly determined you are (I was grimly determined) and how terrified you are of wife/sister-in-law whom you were on a deadline to meet ( I was utterly terrified). I had no real problems with injuries, feet etc but had to replace my worn out boots in Ponferrada. Just strapped on a new pair and kept walking. I may try it all again before 80.

De Colores

Bogong
 

denimich

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
camino 2016
Hello
I celebrated my 70th birthday on the way in 2018
I left PUY in early May 2018 with my 65-year-old Michel
We walked with backpack 12kg for 74 days
Le puy -Saint Jean Pied Port - Camino Frances Roncesvales - Logrogno ---
BUS to Bilbao -Camino Norte - Primitivo - Santiago - Fistera - Muxia
We met people older than us!
Whatever the age it is possible.... It's in the head that it's happening
Buen CaminoIMG_4320.JPG
 

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