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Anyone starting in December?

ThomasJG

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2016-2017-2018
I see they now have snow in Roncevalle. I am from Norway and used to walk the Mountains up here in winter. I have also done the Camino Frances many times. But I am still a little nervous about doing the Camino in Winter time. Anyone else planing to start this december or january? And from where? I see theres cirka 1300 pilgrimes coming in to SdC every desember. Maybe most of them started in november? I would not like to be all alone on the road, even though I do not mind my own Company...
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
Thomas, I won’t be walking, but just want to wish you a Buen Camino. I think there is a section on the Forum where people can say when they are starting. I doubt very much that you will be on your own. What a gift actually, to be on pilgrimage in Advent!
 

nycwalking

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Ourense to Santiago (2019), CF: (2014, 2004, 2002, 2001). On to Fisterra, (2002, 4, 14).
Buen camino. Stay warm. Walk well. Enjoy Christmas on camino. I doubt you'll be alone. Be prepared for possibly cold albergues and lots of mud. Post pics if you can and wish.
Buen camino.
 
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Silvio Sirias

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
April (2015) From Sarria in the company of students.
September (2015) From SJPdP and solo.
Hi, Thomas. My wife and I will be starting from Roncesvalles on December 19. Perhaps we'll see you. If not, enjoy the solitude and peace of a winter Camino.
 

Dan the Man

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances August 23,2015
I see they now have snow in Roncevalle. I am from Norway and used to walk the Mountains up here in winter. I have also done the Camino Frances many times. But I am still a little nervous about doing the Camino in Winter time. Anyone else planing to start this december or january? And from where? I see theres cirka 1300 pilgrimes coming in to SdC every desember. Maybe most of them started in november? I would not like to be all alone on the road, even though I do not mind my own Company...

I always wanted to it in the winter
I think it would be amazing but probably very quiet
 

LTfit

Veteran Member
No time to walk from St Jean or Roncesvalles this time around but I will be leaving from Burgos on December 26th or 27th for a 2 week Camino. I do the majority of my Caminos in the heat of the summer which I love so I am curious to experience how I do in the cold. We rarely get snow in The Netherlands and if it snows, it rarely lasts very long.
 

mspath

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
No time to walk from St Jean or Roncesvalles this time around but I will be leaving from Burgos on December 26th or 27th for a 2 week Camino. I do the majority of my Caminos in the heat of the summer which I love so I am curious to experience how I do in the cold. We rarely get snow in The Netherlands and if it snows, it rarely lasts very long.

Lucky you to be walking soon again! However the Meseta in winter can be frigid when the wind blows from the west into your face; be prepared!

Furthermore in cold weather never choose an albergue bunk placed against an exterior wall since old walls are often uninsulated and thus frigid. All night heating is not the norm hence make a cozy 'sandwich' for sleeping by folding a blanket in half the long way, place your sleeping bag on top of the bottom half and pull the top half over all. If there are no blankets put your poncho beneath the bag to block the cold air from rising.

Runner's winter tights, a long sleeve runner's shirt and a wooly hat are great to wear to bunk/bed wben it is really cold. Over the past years the coldest I have ever slept on the camino was late February 2006 in the then unheated Hornillos del Camino municipal albergue. Breath hung white in the frigid interior air and ice formed in the toilet bowl. Nevertheless dressed as above I was snug in my sleeping bag and liner.

Stay warm and safe. Buen camino and, as always, Ultreia!
 

LTfit

Veteran Member
Lucky you to be walking soon again! However the Meseta in winter can be frigid when the wind blows from the west into your face; be prepared!

Furthermore in cold weather never choose an albergue bunk placed against an exterior wall since old walls are often uninsulated and thus frigid. All night heating is not the norm hence make a cozy 'sandwich' for sleeping by folding a blanket in half the long way, place your sleeping bag on top of the bottom half and pull the top half over all. If there are no blankets put your poncho beneath the bag to block the cold air from rising.

Runner's winter tights, a long sleeve runner's shirt and a wooly hat are great to wear to bunk/bed wben it is really cold. Over the past years the coldest I have ever slept on the camino was late February 2006 in the then unheated Hornillos del Camino municipal albergue. Breath hung white in the frigid interior air and ice formed in the toilet bowl. Nevertheless dressed as above I was snug in my sleeping bag and liner.

Stay warm and safe. Buen camino and, as always, Ultreia!

Thanks MM, I have also thought about the wind, that we do have plenty of in Holland!
I am used to sleeping at night without heat and the window open (yes, all year round) but I sleep under a warm comforter! Your suggestions will come in handy, was already thinking of bringing a pair of leggings to sleep in as my sleeping bag is quite thin.

I enjoyed reading about your numerous winter Caminos and will now experience a bit of it myself.

Cheers
LT
 

SYates

Camino Fossil AD 1999, now living in Santiago de C
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First: Camino Francés 1999
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Last: Santiago - Muxia 2019

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Winter is a wonderful time to walk and with you coming from hiking in Norway, you shouldn't have a major problem with the weather ;-) Keep an eye on this website http://www.aprinca.com/alberguesinvierno/ which gets updated regularly and tells you which albergues are open/closed. Buen Camino, SY
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
If you have set off... a daily update comes on facebook from Trinidad de Arre, be sure to stop there for a great welcome.
 

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robert feiler

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Camino(s) past & future
winter 2017
I see they now have snow in Roncevalle. I am from Norway and used to walk the Mountains up here in winter. I have also done the Camino Frances many times. But I am still a little nervous about doing the Camino in Winter time. Anyone else planing to start this december or january? And from where? I see theres cirka 1300 pilgrimes coming in to SdC every desember. Maybe most of them started in november? I would not like to be all alone on the road, even though I do not mind my own Company...


Hey Thomas, I will be starting the Camino Frances on December 16th! This is my first camino, flying into Paris on the 14th.
 

Thornley

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances x 2 , Norte x 2 , Le Puy x 3 , Portuguese x 2,
Mont St Michel , Primitivo .
Hey Thomas, I will be starting the Camino Frances on December 16th! This is my first camino, flying into Paris on the 14th.

Where are you commencing from Robert?
 

MaartjedeMeer

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
I plan to walk the Frances in Dec 2017/Jan 2018
I see they now have snow in Roncevalle. I am from Norway and used to walk the Mountains up here in winter. I have also done the Camino Frances many times. But I am still a little nervous about doing the Camino in Winter time. Anyone else planing to start this december or january? And from where? I see theres cirka 1300 pilgrimes coming in to SdC every desember. Maybe most of them started in november? I would not like to be all alone on the road, even though I do not mind my own Company...

Hello,

I am walking now and started in Roncesvalles on December 6th, a Wednesday. There were 20 pilgrims there that day, not all of them walking to Santiago. Walking through the snow was quite wonderful. Tomorrow will be my first day of rain.
Not sure how it'll be later in December and in January, but right now I am meeting some pilgrims and also walking through empty landscapes. Keep in mind that lots will be closed between Christmas and the first week of January, but well, I expect to find my way so I expect you will too :). Buen camino!

Maartje
 

LTfit

Veteran Member
Thanks for your update @MaartjedeMeer and welcome to the forum!

The link that @SYates posted above http://www.aprinca.com/alberguesinvierno/ is updated almost daily. Do take a look at it as an albergue that I had thought to say in has since changed its dates. I had email contact with a few and their advice was call a day or two in advance to be sure.

Where are you now? Whatever you would like to share is welcome.

Take safe and ultreia!
 

Fernando Sanzzi

Relentless Pilgrim and Chimera Hunter
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2006, 2011, 2016) starting Winter Camino Frances (2017)
Hello fellow pilgrims, and thank you @MaartjedeMeer for the quick update.
I’m writing while at the airport on my way to Roncesvalles, I should arrive on Thursday Dec 14 and can’t wait to start walking on the 15. This will be my humble 4th time (I mean it, I know many of you have walked many more times) and my plan is to go all the way to Santiago.
I, too, will try to give updates here and there, particularly about closures if and when I encounter them.
For now, I can’t help but smile when thinking about the possibility of a snowy white Camino.

Fernando
 

Mikel Olivares

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2012, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18. Camino Francés.
2016, Camino Portugués from Oporto
2017, San Salvador.
I will be starting from Zizur Mayor -my home- on December 20, to Santiago and Finisterre.
I hope to meet someone on the Camino.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
I will be starting from Zizur Mayor -my home- on December 20, to Santiago and Finisterre.
I hope to meet someone on the Camino.
Bueno, Mikel! If you live in Zizur Mayor, you MUST know that you will certainly meet pilgrims en route! And what a lovely start to your walk, winding gently up to El Perdon via Zariquiegui, and you will, surely, go via Eunate. Ultreya!
 

Fernando Sanzzi

Relentless Pilgrim and Chimera Hunter
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2006, 2011, 2016) starting Winter Camino Frances (2017)
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Beautiful, snow-covered Roncesvalles three days ago on December 15. Little snow after that, but days have been beautiful from Zubiri to Puente La Reina.
 

ThomasJG

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2016-2017-2018
Do you know where to sleep at Christmas 24/25 december Fernando? Looks like I will start after Christmas, in January perhaps...
 

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