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domigee

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2021
Just seen this on their website and thought it might be of help:

We hope to open the Refuge the 19th of may, see you soon !!

Attention, the future being uncertain we warn our customers that the deposit paid will not be refundable this even in case of pandemic, closure, impossibility to travel etc…
This may sound like a “rough” way for some of you but we can no longer spend time processing bookings and payments and then processing cancellations and refunds.
Adventurers who still decide to make the deposit but will not eventually be able to come or benefit from the benefit, for whatever reason, will lose their deposit which will be considered a donation to allow the Refuge Orisson and Kayola to pass the Covid. as was already done spontaneously in 2020 by some of you and we thank them again !!
See you soon, believe it
 
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DebraS.

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Sounds reasonable and I hope to be there soon!
 
Why stop after 6/7 km
keep walking
There are many reasons to stop at Orisson. As to why stop...because I can. I don't mean to be flip, but consider the personal situations of other pilgrims and then try walking the 790 km to Santiago...in their boots, or sandals. I personally am stopping at Orisson because I'm trying to recreate, as close as possible, the last time I walked from SJPDP in 2008. Without the serious injury off the Alto del Perdon!
Buen "I did it my Way!" Apologies to Frank Sinatra. Camino
Arn
 

lt56ny

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2021
Why stop after 6/7 km
keep walking
Same reason why some people need a bottom bed, or need more rest days, or have a variety of other reasons that none of us knows, or people who have plenty of time, or people because of other circumstances have to walk themselves into shape, or people who have realized what they can do at 30 they may not be able to do at 60 or even someone like myself who walked it at 58 and could do 30K days and two years later walked from Le Puy and that hill up to Orison was a piece of cake, but now at 67 wouldn't do it and now tries to do under 25K days. Or people who have learned to listen to their bodies and that is what their bodies scream at them to do. Not a criticism at all just a little awareness of others and their own needs and choices.
 
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Holly Mitchem

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Loved our stop at Orisson. Such a great dinner and we met people that we saw all along the way. The Camino is more than walking, it is the people the meals, the scenery, and the space and time to go at whatever pace you want. And of course memories of two glorious days in the Pyrenees instead of just one sustained us through the Meseta in July!
 
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Here’s why I would stop again, and it’s a Camino story I tell all friends who get me started talking about our Camino in Sept/Oct 2018: We had a wonderful, spiritual first night at the communal dinner. We sat next to an older couple from Australia and thoroughly enjoyed them as well as the go ‘round the room of “why are you on Camino”? Somehow, the very last person asked was a Korean man who spoke little English, but played Amazing Grace on harmonica - magical! Then, weeks later in Leon we saw the Australian couple again on the street. We ran to greet each other like we were close old friends. Where else in the world does something like this happen? Orisson provided Camino magic that first night and throughout our journey!
 
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Old Kiwi

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2019
On my first Camino I stopped at Orisson for two reasons. First, I had just travelled from New Zealand and was twelve time zones behind where my body thought I was, so I thought I would take it easy for the first couple of days. Second, I had heard that it was a good experience, especially the dinner at night. It was all I expected. There was a group of Germans there who all belonged to a choir and they sang a couple of songs that were just beautiful. When I said that I was from New Zealand, someone called out "All Blacks, Haka". So I ended up doing the Haka that the All Blacks perform before a test match and then sang a couple of Maori songs. Some time later, I walked into the little "square" in La Faba between the bar and the shop to hear "All Blacks, Haka" yelled at me from someone sitting at the tables in front of the bar. Sure enough it was the same bloke who had called out at Orisson. There was nothing for it but to break into the Haka, pack and all in the middle of the road. My friend from Orisson then shouted me a wine, so all was good. Since then I have usually been in London to visit my son for three or four days, so I am pretty much acclimatised and I just stop at Orisson for a morning coffee and carry on over the hill. I am hoping to celebrate my 80th birthday in a couple of years by doing the SF from SJPDP to Fisterra and will stop at Orisson again.
 
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Sean Lad

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On my 15 treks from SJpdp to Roncevalles I found Orrisson closed 3 times and as an early starter from SJPdP I am in Orrisson by 9am and in Roncevalles by 1pm in plenty of time for booking a bed and a lovely Dinner and Wine .
350 pilgrims leave SJPdP daily and 32 beds in Roncevalles so i leave the beds for people who needs them
Live and let live
 

CWBuff

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2022
This may sound like a “rough” way for some of you but we can no longer spend time processing bookings and payments and then processing cancellations and refunds.
The highlighted text is of my doing.
I'm sorry... but isn't THAT 'part of your business'? Can any other hospitality place state the same?
Imagine if any one of us says "I can no longer spend time ... doing my job"
 

domigee

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2021
The highlighted text is of my doing.
I'm sorry... but isn't THAT 'part of your business'? Can any other hospitality place state the same?
Imagine if any one of us says "I can no longer spend time ... doing my job"
Just a thought: what if there is no staff left, what if they’re all doing something else whilst the albergue is closed?
For instance, the cafes and restaurants are re-opening in France but there is a serious lack of ‘staff’, they’ve all gone and got jobs somewhere else...
 

CWBuff

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2022
@domigee
I cannot argue with that - we are all too painfully aware that "what ifs" can be plentiful.
I also do not doubt that the owners are not in the greatest situation and have lots of stuff on their hand; in way I sympathize with them....
I merely objected to the language - the way it was presented.
 
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LesBrass

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yes...
Don't forget also Auberge Borda is also open just 1km further along. I've booked in for 3 September! Very much looking forward to see what this new auberge will be like... and I love the look of the single beds with privacy curtains.
 

RENSHAW

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2003 CF Roncesvalles to Santiago
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Errrrr , is the deposit the full amount including dinner and breakfast?
Excuse my ignorance?
 

trecile

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Errrrr , is the deposit the full amount including dinner and breakfast?
Excuse my ignorance?
Yes, if the reservation is only for one person.
When I reserved for two people the deposit was the price for one person, with the balance payable upon arrival. I don't know what it is for larger groups.
 

domigee

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2021
Errrrr , is the deposit the full amount including dinner and breakfast?
Excuse my ignorance?
I think the deposit was half of what was due, I paid the rest on the day. From memory, it was 30 euros altogether including evening meal and breakfast.
 
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brault-singh

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Sept/Oct 2015
There are many reasons to stop at Orisson. As to why stop...because I can. I don't mean to be flip, but consider the personal situations of other pilgrims and then try walking the 790 km to Santiago...in their boots, or sandals. I personally am stopping at Orisson because I'm trying to recreate, as close as possible, the last time I walked from SJPDP in 2008. Without the serious injury off the Alto del Perdon!
Buen "I did it my Way!" Apologies to Frank Sinatra. Camino
Arn
And because there’s a great camaraderie with the folks you meet in Orisson. it is almost like you are the ‘Class of September 15, 2015‘ (which we were) and we all graduated together in Orisson.
 

Rick Chollett

Member
Past OR future Camino
Spring of 2018.
Just seen this on their website and thought it might be of help:

We hope to open the Refuge the 19th of may, see you soon !!

Attention, the future being uncertain we warn our customers that the deposit paid will not be refundable this even in case of pandemic, closure, impossibility to travel etc…
This may sound like a “rough” way for some of you but we can no longer spend time processing bookings and payments and then processing cancellations and refunds.
Adventurers who still decide to make the deposit but will not eventually be able to come or benefit from the benefit, for whatever reason, will lose their deposit which will be considered a donation to allow the Refuge Orisson and Kayola to pass the Covid. as was already done spontaneously in 2020 by some of you and we thank them again !!
See you soon, believe it
If I had paid a deposit I wouldn't complain. Orisson was my favorite place to stay! After my first day of walking I was so close to quitting as I had made a few preparation and planning mistakes. Orisson saved my pilgrimage by being such an awesome place. The people and food were wonderful. I'd happily stay there again on my next one!
 

mmmmartin

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Frances a pie '18
(Porto a pie '19)
Orrisson has accepted my booking and sent an email with a link to click for payment but the link doesn't work, it simply says on the next page there is no method of payment. I've emailed them pointing out this fact but had no reply.
Anyone else having the same problems?
 

Harland2019

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Camino Frances April/May "2019"
Whilst I intend to use B&B type accommodation next year I do fancy staying here so I have 2 questions:-
1) What is the minimum amount of bedding that I will be able to get away with although clearly, I could leave it behind afterwards.
2) Honest answers for this one! Am I being unfair to other pilgrims who will be staying at albergues/refuges all the time and thereby denying them accommodation? Despite being "old" I am fit enough to walk from SJPdP to Roncesvalles.

Edit: I intend to start the walk in the middle of May.
 
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Marbe2

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2015-2019 walked all or more than half of CF 7 times... CP recently cancelled by Covid 19!
whenI stayed at Orisson at the end of September, I needed my sleeping bag at night.
 
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trecile

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I have friends that did the same as you - stayed in Orisson their first night on the Camino, then in private rooms the rest of the time. They just made do wearing their clothes to sleep in, and the blankets provided by Orisson, since it was just one night. They also skipped the showers, since they didn't bring towels.
 

trecile

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If your purpose for staying at Orisson is to split the first stage into two days you have other options.
There is the new Auberge Borda, one km past Orisson. According to their losing on booking.com they offer sheets and towels for an extra fee.
The other option is to book two nights in St Jean Pied de Port and use Express Bourricot's Mountain Shuttle. You walk past Orisson the first day, and the shuttle picks you up to take you back to St Jean. The next morning they will shuttle you back to where you left off.

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Harland2019

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The only reason to stop there was the camaraderie that it appears to engender. Walking alone would be a good start to make friends with fellow pilgrims.
 

C clearly

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Most years since 2012. Hoping now for 2022.
The only reason to stop there was the camaraderie that it appears to engender.
I would not stop there for that reason alone. You have opportunities to meet and bond with others in SJPP, on the path, in Rpncesvalles, etc. Just take the initiative.

No, I don't think there is any real unfairness in whatever decision you make.
 
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wabana

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2021
As i will be there sept. 9 this thread (with embedded emotion & opinion) has been helpful. Due to capacity (restrictions), covid variants (me vaxed & vexed), and snoring... i will likely bring (possibly regret the weight overage) a 2.5 lb (1.3kg) tent for last minute flexibility.....currently on order....my back/ hips, knees can't take more than 18 pounds (2.1 pounds is my 1 L of daily carried aqua). It'll be interesting to get to final target weight since my pack weighs 4 lbs (Osprey ATMOS AG50 is exceedingly comfortable specifically hip belt with awesome pockets, integrated sleeves for 2 x 0.5L water bottles, and most importantly (for me) MESH back that breathes big time --- - yes I know its way larger than typically used / needed / recommended). (I don't believe the 'juice is worth the squeeze' to get a 30L pack that is only 1.5 lbs lighter ie., 3 lbs empty weight - Ie Osprey Exos 38 Deuter or equiv.) !!!!
 
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shefollowsshells

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Just seen this on their website and thought it might be of help:

We hope to open the Refuge the 19th of may, see you soon !!

Attention, the future being uncertain we warn our customers that the deposit paid will not be refundable this even in case of pandemic, closure, impossibility to travel etc…
This may sound like a “rough” way for some of you but we can no longer spend time processing bookings and payments and then processing cancellations and refunds.
Adventurers who still decide to make the deposit but will not eventually be able to come or benefit from the benefit, for whatever reason, will lose their deposit which will be considered a donation to allow the Refuge Orisson and Kayola to pass the Covid. as was already done spontaneously in 2020 by some of you and we thank them again !!
See you soon, believe it
I certainly understand their situation! Much of this is a gamble and we want to see our precious places survive!!!!!
 

Vacajoe

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2019
As i will be there sept. 9 this thread (with embedded emotion & opinion) has been helpful. Due to capacity (restrictions), covid variants (me vaxed & vexed), and snoring... i will likely bring (possibly regret the weight overage) a 2.5 kg tent for last minute flexibility.....currently on order....my back/ hips, knees can't take more than 18 pounds (2.1 pounds is my 1 L of daily carried aqua). It'll be interesting to get to final target weight since my pack weighs 4 lbs. !!!!
Off topic, but lose the tent (and borrow a lighter pack!!!!) Every pound over your limit is going to really make things difficult for you. Buen Camino
 

Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
Past OR future Camino
2019
Orrisson has accepted my booking and sent an email with a link to click for payment but the link doesn't work, it simply says on the next page there is no method of payment. I've emailed them pointing out this fact but had no reply.
Anyone else having the same problems?
I’d repost your question under a new post as it’s apt to get lost here. Use a very specific heading such as: “How do I pay for my Orrisson reservation?” or similar
 

wabana

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2021
yes.... i am realllly wrestling with the tent - fo sho..... and i KNOW i'd not use it more than 4-6 times... its just that i know i'd be thankful for what ever the unforeseen events where i'd be really glad i had it with me.....yup, i know i'm sounding conflicted.... any and more feedback (from camper types - as it is the 'Eagle Scout' in me). main 'worry' is hearing 'no rooms' and not willing/ able to walk another 3-5 miles
 
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mmmmartin

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I'm in logrono, so far everyone seems to be booking ahead at least one or two days. Tent used only once, it's a pain to carry
 
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yes.... i am realllly wrestling with the tent - fo sho..... and i KNOW i'd not use it more than 4-6 times... its just that i know i'd be thankful for what ever the unforeseen events where i'd be really glad i had it with me.....yup, i know i'm sounding conflicted.... any and more feedback (from camper types - as it is the 'Eagle Scout' in me). main 'worry' is hearing 'no rooms' and not willing/ able to walk another 3-5 miles
Ah, @wabana if only there were one of those true answers.
I’ve never taken a tent on more than 10 Camino. I didn’t take a tent on my first ever, teenage, blunder around Iberia and I’ve never taken one since. Even in 1969 I found "¿Dónde puedo encontrar una cama para pasar la noche?" a useful phrase in any bar, Fonda or village square. I've also always carried a sleeping bag or a blanket and a Tarp. Church porches, Bank porches (if you've got one of those bank cards you can get into those "telephone box" enclaves they build - a dry night), the leeward side of a haystack or a barn. I've never, ever, slept "under the stars" in 50 years of wandering, except by choice.

Some people like Camping: I like camping but I'm not going to carry 60K of "Bender", or my 30K Bell Tent on a Camino or any other peregrination. Even in my Mountain bothering days I used to resent carrying 3K of tent that offered about as much protection as an indifferent cat on a cold wet Wednesday.
 

wabana

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Ah, @wabana if only there were one of those true answers.
I’ve never taken a tent on more than 10 Camino. I didn’t take a tent on my first ever, teenage, blunder around Iberia and I’ve never taken one since. Even in 1969 I found "¿Dónde puedo encontrar una cama para pasar la noche?" a useful phrase in any bar, Fonda or village square. I've also always carried a sleeping bag or a blanket and a Tarp. Church porches, Bank porches (if you've got one of those bank cards you can get into those "telephone box" enclaves they build - a dry night), the leeward side of a haystack or a barn. I've never, ever, slept "under the stars" in 50 years of wandering, except by choice.

Some people like Camping: I like camping but I'm not going to carry 60K of "Bender", or my 30K Bell Tent on a Camino or any other peregrination. Even in my Mountain bothering days I used to resent carrying 3K of tent that offered about as much protection as an indifferent cat on a cold wet Wednesday.
well, i appear to have been scammed on my ebay tent purchase - i've filed a claim..maybe a sign ! ? .... I did however buy a 1.4 lb yup 0.7kg tent at REI today... I'll let you know the results of a) good idea b) waste of effort end of camino. What pushed me over the edge is a) larger capacity alburgues... b) if completa, me no walk another 4 miles for lodging. IF the allow a tent on premise (yard vs. tarmac) I'll use it... yes, I'm vaxxed ..... and a microbiologist by training. I like the flexibility....I'll file a report for all end of october.... adios, and 'just sayin'
 
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