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manoll

Peregrina 2013
Camino(s) past & future
CDN 2013, 2018
Camino Primitivo - 2013, 2018
Camino Sanabrés - 2016
Camino Portugués Coastal - 2019
My iPhone and iPad are coming with me and I will have them mostly on airplane mode until I am at place with a strong WiFi signal to use for free. Is an Apple Watch even a good idea to bring along? Won't it need to connect to my iPhone? Definitely I am not a techie, so this is a question that perhaps has been asked, but I am about to leave this afternoon and have not made up my mind about it. Would you give any advice?
Ultreïa!
 

jirit

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2007,
Via Francigena Italy, 2008,
Jakobsweg Austria 2010,
Camino Frances 2011,
Le Puy to Lourdes 2012,
Via de la Plata 2013,
Future:
Ökumenischer (Via Regia), Germany,
Lycian Way, Turkey
Is there a reason you believe that you need to bring it?
 

vlebe

Walker Member
Camino(s) past & future
2001; 2004; 2009; 2013, (2016/2017)
Well, this is a very personal opinion.

I find that technology and Camino de Santiago is not a good match at all! You end up loosing a lot of insights and inner experiences when connected with your "Normal Life". Try to be as much offline as you can! Seriously, Thats when you really "get" the true simplicity taught by the camino...

I would say, take with you one phone only, and if you need to write, pen and notebook is a good idea. Very playful and gets the job done!

You dont even need a watch at all....

But yet again, this is my personal opinion. Other fellow pilgrims might think differently.

Buen Camino!

Ultreya!
 

manoll

Peregrina 2013
Camino(s) past & future
CDN 2013, 2018
Camino Primitivo - 2013, 2018
Camino Sanabrés - 2016
Camino Portugués Coastal - 2019
I am so grateful for your insight! The watch stays, and perhaps the iPad too! Yes, the watch has to be charged every single day, it's a pain! -especially when traveling. Simplicity is what I want, and there is no better way to set me straight then come to you for help!! Thanks:)

Ultreïa!

Mary
 

vlebe

Walker Member
Camino(s) past & future
2001; 2004; 2009; 2013, (2016/2017)
I am so grateful for your insight! The watch stays, and perhaps the iPad too! Yes, the watch has to be charged every single day, it's a pain! -especially when traveling. Simplicity is what I want, and there is no better way to set me straight then come to you for help!! Thanks:)

Ultreïa!

Mary
I think you are not gonna regret!

I always praise the simplicity for the Camino and ( as a personal opinion) the amount of technology with the pilgrims nowadays make me shiver... I know I tend to repeat myself on that but, Its something a like to remember:

Not long ago pilgrims would have no cell phones, there was internet, but it was not everywhere... One would go weeks without knowing what was going on in the "real world".

We would sit together during common evening meals, talk to each other, pray for our loved ones and wish the Via Lactea would protect not only ourselves but those we left behind during our adventures....

It was very warm and sincere days and moments...

Thee feelings are still there, I know... But... Its not the same...

We keep getting work emails, we keep talking with everyone on whatsapp and facebook... We do not "Turn ourselves off"...

We end up loosing this part of the magic...

:)

Hope you have a woderful time! With or without technology!!

Ultreya!
 
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manoll

Peregrina 2013
Camino(s) past & future
CDN 2013, 2018
Camino Primitivo - 2013, 2018
Camino Sanabrés - 2016
Camino Portugués Coastal - 2019
You are so right! It is those special moments with ourselves or in the company of fellow pilgrims are a big part of what the Camino is all about:) I know I won't regret it, and thanks so much for your good wishes!

Ultreïa!
 

Davey Boyd

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Again, soon as possible!
When I walked from Geneva I lost my phone somewhere on the Aubrac Plateau and never bothered replacing it. I never missed it at all. I never knew what was going on in the world I just lived in the moment. We even had elections back in the UK and it was a funny feeling not knowing who was in charge of my country until I got home! It was very refreshing. I understand why some might need technology with them but if you can really do without it don't bring it is my personal opinion. I would carry a phone on some of the lonelier routes though for emergency, but not really needed on the Frances. Still, bring it if you need to, but remember in some albergues charging points are at a premium.

Buen camino!
Davey
 
Camino(s) past & future
First: 1977 (by train)... Next One of Many by Foot: As Soon As I Can Put the Pieces Together!
I took my Pebble Steel smartwatch. I bought a cheap two-fer converter-thingee and plugged it in each night together with my Moto X phone. No problem.

(Did I need it? Nope. But I'd feel naked without a wristwatch.)
 

falcon269

no commercial interests
Camino(s) past & future
LePuy, Frances, Aragones, Ingles, Vezelay, Toulosana, Muxia, Fisterra, Portugues, Sanabres
I take a watch so that I can answer the requests of fellow pilgrims, who have left their watches at home for "simplicity," for the time. It also has a compass, alarm, stop watch, altimeter, and thermometer in it, though I am pretty sure that the only direction of importance is "west."

I have a FitBit that charges from my iPhone battery case. I like the statistics that it keeps. The "off" switch works on all my electronics when I need solitude. I don't see the point of the Apple Watch, but if you like it, take it! If you leave it at home, feel free to ask me for the time. :)
 

JudyInTexas

Big chairs are fun!
Camino(s) past & future
September (2016)
My son-in-law gave me his old FitBit; but, I have found the mileage function to be highly unreliable when using hiking sticks. It must depend on swinging arms to track distance reliably.
 

CaminoDebrita

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances SJPP to SdC Oct/Nov 2015
Frances Burgos toSdC March/April 2016
W. Highland Way August 2016
Camino Somewhere September 2017
Ha ha! I've seen a few people on Camino with apple watches, i pads, cell phones, spanish phones with sim, on and on. It's an addiction, baby. I just choose one item and a charger and travel light--but that's just me. Your mileage--and your ride--always vary.
 

falcon269

no commercial interests
Camino(s) past & future
LePuy, Frances, Aragones, Ingles, Vezelay, Toulosana, Muxia, Fisterra, Portugues, Sanabres
I have found the mileage function to be highly unreliable when using hiking sticks
I always use trekking poles, and I have found the FitBit pretty accurate when using them. It uses Wii technology. You may have a defective unit, or your setup may not be accurate for the length of your pace. If you shorten your stride while on the Camino, the Fitbit will count the number of steps and multiply it by the length of your setup stride; that may lead to inaccurate distances. When I first purchased a Fitbit, I tried to fool it by taking an elevator and making stepping motions with my legs as the elevator rose. No "floors" were recorded. The actual upward and forward thrust of climbing is necessary! Similarly, steps will be recorded on a treadmill and walking, but other movement probably will not be detected as a "step." I have the length of the Nile River for total distance, so my experience with the Fitbit is extensive. My most number of floors was from Ruitelan to Fonfria.
 

manoll

Peregrina 2013
Camino(s) past & future
CDN 2013, 2018
Camino Primitivo - 2013, 2018
Camino Sanabrés - 2016
Camino Portugués Coastal - 2019
Left iPad at home and only brought my iPhone 6 to hook up with free wifi, only to Skype with my family:) No international plan, no Spanish SIM card. So, no phone calls, yay:) it's been liberating to not be connected all the time.
I've loved walking alone in the forest, along medieval age villages and incredibly old countryside roads, taking it all in without interruptions and thoroughly living the Camino through all my senses!!
Once again the Camino has given me so much more than I thought I needed:) Thank you for your great advice, I never would do a Camino any other way:)

Ultreïa!

Mary
 

vlebe

Walker Member
Camino(s) past & future
2001; 2004; 2009; 2013, (2016/2017)
it's been liberating to not be connected all the time.
Hey Mary! Your comment made me smile! Seriously! And i`m in the middle of a very stressful afternoon at my job ( yes, the real world!).

You dont need to be 100% isolate ( its an interesting experience but not for everyone) from the real world but the less you try to connect, the more you will be connected with yourself!

Buen Camino and keep walking!

Use your Iphone 6 in airplane mode to capture some awesome pictures along the way! :D
 

manoll

Peregrina 2013
Camino(s) past & future
CDN 2013, 2018
Camino Primitivo - 2013, 2018
Camino Sanabrés - 2016
Camino Portugués Coastal - 2019
Hi Viebe! How insightful you are! And you're exactly right when you say that the less connected to the outside world when walking the Camino the more opportunity to connect with oneself. Yay!!! It's awesome!
I'm not completely off the grid line, though, I do use Skype anytime I can get wifi and only if it's s reasonable time at home:)
 

manoll

Peregrina 2013
Camino(s) past & future
CDN 2013, 2018
Camino Primitivo - 2013, 2018
Camino Sanabrés - 2016
Camino Portugués Coastal - 2019
o_O Oh, and yes, I've taken lots of pictures!
 

RibbonRomanceAuthor

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino del Norte (2020)
I posted a question about the Apple Watch before finding this link. The main reason I got it is for the fall detection feature that summons local help and also notifies my son. The stats features are cool. I’m wondering about charging and I’m looking into a solar charger to manage that.
Thx for info about SIM cards/phone calls and so on. I do want to disconnect from that. I’m
planning to walk this year sometime TBD between mid-July to September.
 

Pelen

Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF (2018 SJPdP-Logroño)
(2020 Logroño-)
When I walked the first time I didn't not have roaming on so my Apple Watch dit not had GPS-connection when walking. My watch was the best one to count the lenght when we walked even though it had no GPS-connection. One friend had a Polar and the other a Garmin.

For me it was valuable and motivating to have it on.
 

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