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A wet, cold & windy Camino? We'll see...;)

MarcelWals

Walking a Camino = a way of living...
Camino(s) past & future
'16:Frances; '18: Portugues; '19:SdC/Muxia/Finisterre/SdC; '20:Portugues + Ingles
Hola peregrino' s,

After 3 camino's I finally can start a winters-edition. Next month I will walk the Portugese and Ingles Camino. As far as I know I am prepared for all kinds of weather. Thats the only preparation I did. But be so kind to help me with advices you have by your (winter)experience.

So curious what this one will give me. Looking forward to it.

Are there more pilgrims from this group who are walking a winters-edition?

Buen Camino.

Marcel
 
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Bradypus

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
Most of my Camino walking these days is in winter and on quieter routes. If it were not for a close relative having an accident recently I would probably be walking now. I love the quiet and solitude of winter walking. Last year that meant the Mozarabe from Malaga to Merida in February, and before that from San Andres de Teixido to Muxia and Fisterra via Santiago in November. Having been born and raised in Scotland I cope better with cold than with heat anyway. Wrap up warm and enjoy yourself :cool:
 

futurefjp

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
The Way is swiftly becoming my reason for existence.
Watch out for the wind, rain and tedium on the Camino del Sureste from Chinchilla until Toledo ... I had that to contend with this winter!
 

lt56ny

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Camino(s) past & future
CF(2012) Le Puy/CF (2015) Portugues (2017) Norte (2018) CF (2019) VDLP?
I started the Frances On October 27th and finished in Santiago in early December. We had very high winds for days, up to 70 or 80k gusts, heavy rain for days, cold, foggy mornings, snow, as we say in USA they threw the kitchen sink at us. I have watched videos of winter caminos that were later in the winter that were much more pleasant weather wise. Some nights in the albergues it sounded like a consumption ward in 1875 England. I don't know one person that wasn't pretty sick for a while. I had bronchial spasms that were just loads of fun. I coughed so hard and long I thought I would pass out or lose my lunch! But almost all of us survived although I do know 5 people that had to cut their caminos early because of illness.
 

Faye Walker

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Camino(s) past & future
CF 2014, CF 2018, CP 2019 from Coimbra
I did the Portuguese from Coimbra to SdC in November (when it was supposed to be "late fall", not winter, but things shifted and it was mostly winter). Make sure you have great rain gear (my walking companion really liked her Frog Tog gear). I left my hiking-umbrella-hat at home and wish I had had it with me.
Fill your water bladder or water bottles with hot water at night if you stay in municipal/xunta albergues (they won't be turning on the heat).
Make sure you have good boots for heavy mud (trainers will be done in by one squishy foot-plant). Take 4 base layers (socks and undies) instead of just 3.
Know that you will probably be forced to carry an extra pound or two over summer weight packs.
Order hiker's wool for wrapping toes to prevent blisters. The toe I wrapped was fine. The toe I didn't realize was inclined to the same problem I did not wrap and developed a massive blister that I tore open accidentally on a stall shower door rail.
If the weather is really bad, avoid the coastal and head in-land. Barcelos is a treat. Pontevedra is a treat. The twinned towns of Tui and Valença are just beautiful. Eat well. Avoid the AS hotel in San Joao do Madeira (it has damp/mildew problems). Avoid the xunta albergue in Caldas de Reis (it lacks heat and hot water, and while the view over the small river below is charming, it makes the building very damp).
 

MarcelWals

Walking a Camino = a way of living...
Camino(s) past & future
'16:Frances; '18: Portugues; '19:SdC/Muxia/Finisterre/SdC; '20:Portugues + Ingles
I did the Portuguese from Coimbra to SdC in November (when it was supposed to be "late fall", not winter, but things shifted and it was mostly winter). Make sure you have great rain gear (my walking companion really liked her Frog Tog gear). I left my hiking-umbrella-hat at home and wish I had had it with me.
Fill your water bladder or water bottles with hot water at night if you stay in municipal/xunta albergues (they won't be turning on the heat).
Make sure you have good boots for heavy mud (trainers will be done in by one squishy foot-plant). Take 4 base layers (socks and undies) instead of just 3.
Know that you will probably be forced to carry an extra pound or two over summer weight packs.
Order hiker's wool for wrapping toes to prevent blisters. The toe I wrapped was fine. The toe I didn't realize was inclined to the same problem I did not wrap and developed a massive blister that I tore open accidentally on a stall shower door rail.
If the weather is really bad, avoid the coastal and head in-land. Barcelos is a treat. Pontevedra is a treat. The twinned towns of Tui and Valença are just beautiful. Eat well. Avoid the AS hotel in San Joao do Madeira (it has damp/mildew problems). Avoid the xunta albergue in Caldas de Reis (it lacks heat and hot water, and while the view over the small river below is charming, it makes the building very damp).
Thank you for the extended answer. I will prepare myself ;)
 

lt56ny

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF(2012) Le Puy/CF (2015) Portugues (2017) Norte (2018) CF (2019) VDLP?
I did the Portuguese from Coimbra to SdC in November (when it was supposed to be "late fall", not winter, but things shifted and it was mostly winter). Make sure you have great rain gear (my walking companion really liked her Frog Tog gear). I left my hiking-umbrella-hat at home and wish I had had it with me.
Fill your water bladder or water bottles with hot water at night if you stay in municipal/xunta albergues (they won't be turning on the heat).
Make sure you have good boots for heavy mud (trainers will be done in by one squishy foot-plant). Take 4 base layers (socks and undies) instead of just 3.
Know that you will probably be forced to carry an extra pound or two over summer weight packs.
Order hiker's wool for wrapping toes to prevent blisters. The toe I wrapped was fine. The toe I didn't realize was inclined to the same problem I did not wrap and developed a massive blister that I tore open accidentally on a stall shower door rail.
If the weather is really bad, avoid the coastal and head in-land. Barcelos is a treat. Pontevedra is a treat. The twinned towns of Tui and Valença are just beautiful. Eat well. Avoid the AS hotel in San Joao do Madeira (it has damp/mildew problems). Avoid the xunta albergue in Caldas de Reis (it lacks heat and hot water, and while the view over the small river below is charming, it makes the building very damp).
Isn't it so much fun when the camino weather Gods turn their back on you!!!!
 

Faye Walker

Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2014, CF 2018, CP 2019 from Coimbra
Isn't it so much fun when the camino weather Gods turn their back on you!!!!
Oh... so much! I ended up with severe tonsillitis treated as triage in a hospital near Nazaré, Portugal on my way back home, and an emergency tonsillectomy as soon as I landed at home.
Thankful to the Portuguese hospital that treated me with surgical drainage, stabilizing me to fly home.
 
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