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Camino Fance in April / May sleeping bag question

TLT

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Traveling the Camino Frances starting in Pamplona on April 23. Is a 0 degree sleeping bag overkill? what rating bag should we bring?
 

Deana

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How many have started the Francés not in perfect shape and made it to Santiago I have 50 days to walk
 

t2andreo

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IMHO yes. Speaking in fahrenheit terms, you will never need a bag capable of keeping you comfortable much below 50 degrees. This is because you will always be sleeping indoors. Only the exceptional pilgrim sleeps outdoors.

Even without heat, the temperatures inside an albergue do not go much below the lower 50s (again in fahrenheit).

The considerations in choosing a sleeping bag are: (1) overall weight (2) fill - can you tolerate the lighter down bags, or must you use a synthetic fill? Cost is a relative matter.

Many of us veterans have developed our own solutions over the years. Two major groups use only a sleeping bag liner made of some warm yet small and light material; or a simple down quilt.

Personally, I prefer a microfiber liner with a full zip from Alps Mountaineering. It costs less than USD 30 and fits folded into a one gallon ziplock bag. See it here:


Other folks use sleeping quilts filled with down. Many of these folks obtain down quilts inexpensively at their local COSTCO warehouse stores. They are smaller and lighter than a full sleeping bag, but do the trick when you are sleeping in an albergue bunk bed.

If you do invest in a sleeping bag, consider that you can always put clothes on if you are cold in the bag. Do not overspend on a sleeping bag, in terms of fill power or overall weight.

Hope this helps.
 
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gersevink

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[QUOTE = "Deana, bericht: 712282, lid: 82121"]
Hoevelen zijn begonnen met de Francés niet in perfecte vorm en zijn in Santiago gekomen. Ik heb 50 dagen om te lopen
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ik geen antwoord op de gestelde vraag!
 

Dorpie

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Traveling the Camino Frances starting in Pamplona on April 23. Is a 0 degree sleeping bag overkill? what rating bag should we bring?
Hi TLT, welcome to the forum.

I would say almost certainly yes, that would be overkill. When I set off just a week later than you 4 years ago I was only cold once at O Cebreiro using just a coolmax material sleeping bag liner. Admittedly I tend to be hot when I sleep but bearing in mind that many albergues have blankets available I just don't think such a bulky bag is needed.

Buen Camino,

Rob.
 

TLT

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
planning 2019
IMHO yes. Speaking in fahrenheit terms, you will never need a bag capable of keeping you comfortable much below 50 degrees. This is because you will always be sleeping indoors. Only the exceptional pilgrim sleeps outdoors.

Even without heat, the temperatures inside an albergue do not go much below the lower 50s (again in fahrenheit).

The considerations in choosing a sleeping bag are: (1) overall weight (2) fill - can you tolerate the lighter down bags, or must you use a synthetic fill? Costis a relative matter.

Many of us veterans have developed our own solutions over the years. Two major groups use only a sleeping bag liner made of some warm yet small and light material; or a simple down quilt.

Personally, I prefer a microfiber liner with a full zip from Alps Mountaineering. It costs less than USD 30 and fits folded into a one gallon ziplock bag. See it here:


Other folks use sleeping quilts filled with down. Many of these folks obtain down quilts inexpensively at their local COSTCO warehouse stores. They are smaller and lighter than a full sleeping bag, but do the trick when you are sleeping in an albergue bunk bed.

If you do invest in a sleeping bag, consider that you can always put clothes on if you are cold in the bag. Do not overspend on a sleeping bag, in terms of fill power or overall weight.

Hope this helps.

If you inv
Thanks, this is very hepful
 

TLT

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Camino(s) past & future
planning 2019
Hi TLT, welcome to the forum.

I would say almost certainly yes, that would be overkill. When I set off just a week later than you 4 years ago I was only cold once at O Cebreiro using just a coolmax material sleeping bag liner. Admittedly I tend to be hot when I sleep but bearing in mind that many albergues have blankets available I just don't think such a bulky bag is needed.

Buen Camino,

Rob.
Thanks for sharing this helpful advice.
 

Luther

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April 20, 2016 to May 20, '16 SJPdP to Santiago d C.
I started from SJPdP on April 20, '16 and brought only a thin permethrin treated silk liner. It was enough, but just barely. I used some albergue blankets when available, but was not real comfortable about the cleanliness of the blankets. I slept in my clothes every night. If I get to go again, I'll bring a 30 degree down sleeping bag as light and compact as I can find. Buen Camino!
 

RR3

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Pamplona-Logrono (2019)
Traveling the Camino Frances starting in Pamplona on April 23. Is a 0 degree sleeping bag overkill? what rating bag should we bring?
Buen Camino! I arrive in Pamplona on the same day but won't start walking until the 24th- maybe our paths will cross? First time for me too but I can't stand being cold at night and with the unpredictable European weather at the moment I will def bring a bag.
 

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