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A Question of Water on the VdlP

Robo

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Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF Sarria to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(Apr/May 2018)
VdlP (2020)
I've been reading lots of blogs and guides about the VdlP, but I'm still a bit unsure how best to plan for water.

I understand there are few fonts, and also that in many villages the shops/bars/cafes if they exist, might be closed, and of course the stages are somewhat longer than the CF that I am used to.

So I really want to avoid running out of water, it's not a pleasant thing.

So, do you tend to carry enough water for the day?
or
Hope that a cafe/shop might be open and if not, knock on someone's door?

If it's not too hot I tend to do about 10 kms per litre of water. And prefer to walk sub 30 km days if possible. So managing to carry 3-4 litres is OK, but carrying 2 would be better :oops:
 

Albertagirl

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015); Ch. d'Arles: Oloron Ste Marie to Aragones; Frances (2016); V.d.l.P.; Sanabres (2017)
@Robo
If you need a litre of water for 10 km, make sure that you have it. Don't trust your guidebook when it says there is a fountain. There was a tap near the park entrance at 16 km along the route to Aldeanueva (29 km total walk), apparently functioning when I went through but not there earlier and not working later. The albergue on the Embalse on the way to Canaveral (32 km total) was closed when I went through and is totally unreliable. There was no place to get water on the 28 km walk to San Pedro de Rozados, which was my hardest day. I always carry a paper of water purification tablets for emergency use, but first you would have to find some water. I didn't make reservations, but it might be worth it for you to do so consistently, just so that you would always know how far you would have to walk for water, because both bars and accommodation listed in the guidebook may be closed.
 
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Robo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF Sarria to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(Apr/May 2018)
VdlP (2020)
Thanks @Albertagirl .

On the subject of guidebooks, in fact I'll start a new thread on that...........
 
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy-SJPDP 2014, Via de la Plata 2014,
Arles-SDC 2015, Lisbon-SDC 2017, (Ruta de Lana 2019)
In September 2014 I carried a 3L water bladder each day and most days drank it all. I refilled wherever possible, but the options on the VDLP were limited. Many days there were no water stops available and the days out of Sevilla were mid-30s. I take medications that make me really thirsty, so would drink a litre of water before leaving in the morning, as well.
 

Jun Meng

The Only Way I know
Camino(s) past & future
VLDP Spring, 2016
I Did Vdlp in 2016. It was quite lack of services and Long range in between. We are not Only carried the whole bottle of water(1-1.5L) But also the lunch and some snacks for late dinner. (They close kitchen from 2-7 in the afternoon). I Don't know if the service has improved Or not. Hope They do. Buen camino.
 
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On the VDLP you always need water for the whole day, and some snacks. You may not be able to find breakfast before leaving either, or a lunch stop, so you must plan for the next day. I kept a bag of emergency Almonds on me at all times. I didn't generally have a problem finding some kind of dinner though.

About bladders, better to take 2 x 2 litre bladders in case one leaks, and don't fill them both right up if you need 3 litres.

VDLP is a different kettle of fish entirely to CF.
 

domigee

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF(x4), Fisterra/Muxía(x2), VdlP, Jerusalem, VF, Walsingham,
C inglés. 2019? Via Tolosana
I've been reading lots of blogs and guides about the VdlP, but I'm still a bit unsure how best to plan for water.

I understand there are few fonts, and also that in many villages the shops/bars/cafes if they exist, might be closed, and of course the stages are somewhat longer than the CF that I am used to.

So I really want to avoid running out of water, it's not a pleasant thing.

So, do you tend to carry enough water for the day?
or
Hope that a cafe/shop might be open and if not, knock on someone's door?

If it's not too hot I tend to do about 10 kms per litre of water. And prefer to walk sub 30 km days if possible. So managing to carry 3-4 litres is OK, but carrying 2 would be better :oops:
Better to carry all the water you’ll need. We carried 3 litres and that wasn’t quite enough at times. There are stretches where there aren’t any doors to knock on .
 

KinkyOne

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
Ditto @SYates about salt. Sweat is good because it cools you down but the side effect is you are losing salt. With a bit bigger intake of salt not only your body will be able to keep some more water in but salt also make things easier for the brains to connect the right dots in certain hard situation and therefore make right decision.
For example I know that Slovenian climbers always take huge amount of prosciutto on expeditions in Himalayas or Andes.
 
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I don't think rehydration sachets are needed, unless for a child or sick person. Just eat something salty most days, like ham. Luckily there is no shortage of ham in Spain.
 

domigee

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF(x4), Fisterra/Muxía(x2), VdlP, Jerusalem, VF, Walsingham,
C inglés. 2019? Via Tolosana
I don't think rehydration sachets are needed, unless for a child or sick person. Just eat something salty most days, like ham. Luckily there is no shortage of ham in Spain.
In June, I bought rehydration sachets in Sevilla and we were glad of them, at least for the first week. ( We travelled from the UK where the temperature was 12 deg. straight to Andalucia where it was already 36/37 deg.)
 

Robo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF Sarria to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(Apr/May 2018)
VdlP (2020)
In June, I bought rehydration sachets in Sevilla and we were glad of them, at least for the first week. ( We travelled from the UK where the temperature was 12 deg. straight to Andalucia where it was already 36/37 deg.)
I tend to use these. A great boost like Aquarius but without all the sugar!
 

KinkyOne

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
On Levante with 40+ for two weeks I was using Suer Oral which can be bought in farmacias. One sachet in the middle of the day before the real heat strikes and life is a bit easier :)
 

camino07

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances x5, Portuguese VdlP12, Sanabres, Aragones, Norte,Salvador,Primitivo, VdlP 17,Madrid18Norte
@Robo
If you need a litre of water for 10 km, make sure that you have it. Don't trust your guidebook when it says there is a fountain. There was a tap near the park entrance at 16 km along the route to Aldeanueva (29 km total walk), apparently functioning when I went through but not there earlier and not working later. The albergue on the Embalse on the way to Canaveral (32 km total) was closed when I went through and is totally unreliable. There was no place to get water on the 28 km walk to San Pedro de Rozados, which was my hardest day. I always carry a paper of water purification tablets for emergency use, but first you would have to find some water. I didn't make reservations, but it might be worth it for you to do so consistently, just so that you would always know how far you would have to walk for water, because both bars and accommodation listed in the guidebook may be closed.
That was the only day I ran out of water,very hot and long day but was in sight of San Pedro. I only take two average size bottles normally but would advise more on that stretch.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Nearly every year since 2006, often walking more than one route. 2018 was Camino #14
We were warned, but were stupid and walked in August.
We ran out of water on the VDLP and several times, and we OFTEN found listed fountains to be dry.

However, this might be something to file away in your brain.
Once, we tried a fountain and it was dry, or so we thought.
A few fellows came into the square and saw us trying to get water.
Down at the bottom of the fountain base was a metal plate.
It swung sideways - slid, rather - and inside a hole at the bottom was a handle, which they turned, and magically, water began to flow. They apparently turned off the fountain during the hottest months to conserve the water. So just sayin... this could save you.

Also, don't hesitate to knock on doors and ask for water. We found people very friendly, although that was years ago before the hoards.
 

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