- Year of past OR future Camino
- June 2018
Is there a place to buy hiking poles when I arrive in SJDP? I'm taking my pack as a carry on, and from what I read, even collapsable ones are not allowed onto the plane. Thanks for your help.
Why do you want trekking poles? Have you always used them? I have never used them and I consider them a waste of money, weight and space. I've lost count of the number of times I've seen people rushing back from up the road, having left them behind; the number of times people prop them up against a chair or the wall, only to see them slide to the floor; the number of times people have tripped over them (their own or other people's); the number of times I've seen people tap-tapping them, not really using them as they are intended to be used. Worst of all is the single pilgrim staff that some people seem to think is de rigeur. It's heavier than trekking poles and makes you unbalanced. I will grant that poles may be of some help going down a steep slope, especially if it's muddy, but I just take a bit of extra care and take it slowly. Having no poles means my hands are free, too.
Of course you can buy hiking poles to "la boutique du pèlerin" that is close to the pilgrims officeIs there a place to buy hiking poles when I arrive in SJDP? I'm taking my pack as a carry on, and from what I read, even collapsable ones are not allowed onto the plane. Thanks for your help.
I purchased my poles in that shop for 16 euro each in 2017. I saw the exact same poles in Viana for 8 euro each. I felt kind of "ripped off", but I wouldn't have wanted to wait that long to buy them as I wanted poles from the "get go".Yes - you will find poles at the shop mentioned above by drmokc. It's just a few doors away from the Pilgrim's Office.
My assessment was fully SUBjective, not OBjective. If I had written, "They are a waste of money, weight and space," you would be right, but I wrote, "I consider them to be a waste of money, weight and space" which makes it a subjective opinion.Great objective assessment there Bert