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Camino Frances Feb 2017

Camino(s) past & future
Planning to walk the Camino February (2017)
#1
Hi everyone!
I'm looking forward to walk el Camino Frances around Feb 8, 2017! I would like to meet people along the way and possibly hike with other fellow peregrinos! So let me know if you will start around those dates!
 

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MTtoCamino

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francis SJPdP to Finnestere April(2014)
#2
I do hope you find folks walking in Febuary. I am sure you will, once you arrive, But the numbers are low on the forum.
Buen Camino
Keith
 

J F Gregory

Preparing for the Norte
Donating Member
Camino(s) past & future
March-April,2016 finished
October- November 2018 to walk the Del Norte.
#4
Buen Camino. You will find other Pilgrims but much fewer than in the warm weather. We walked last March.
 

donalomahony

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
"Camino Frances" 2013, "Burgos to Leon," February 2014 - "Frances" June '14
#5
I walked a week in February. You will meet people but not too many. I enjoyed the cool, cold, breezy, blue skies...
 

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#9
Hi everyone!
I'm looking forward to walk el Camino Frances around Feb 8, 2017! I would like to meet people along the way and possibly hike with other fellow peregrinos! So let me know if you will start around those dates!
Hello Karla,

I aim to start from SJPDP on the 7th of February. this will be my 4th February Camino-----that month suits my life style.

As there are not many pilgrims at that time after a couple of days on the road you will get to know everyone and you can be sure they will watch out for you. I always stay in the albergues and it really works to get the feeling of being on The Way.

There are lots of threads about gear and clothing in the Forum. Keep the weight down which keeps the spirits up !!

you didn`t say where you are starting from but I will watch out for you.

Buen Camino,

Charlie
 

holhum

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Planning for 2018
#10
I would LOVE to hear how you go...I was thinking of going in Feb 18 but I have been a bit put off by tales of poor or just really cold weather, as I am from the subtropics and don't really have any experience of cold weather. Once snow was mentioned I lost my nerve, and I also heard alberges might not be open. What have you found out from your research so far?
 
Camino(s) past & future
August 2014 Leon to Santiago
February 2017 SJPP to Santiago
#11
Hi, I'm set to start on 1 February. I hope I find some fellow pilgrims, my last was in July 2014. There was no shortage of pilgrims then. I am nervous but excited, especially because I'm from South Africa and snow and cold are not common here.
 
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whariwharangi

Guest
#12
COLD rule: wear Clean Overlapping Layers of Dry clothes.

You put on and take off layers to stay warm while avoiding sweating. The sweet spot is where you are just about uncomfortable.

Scarf and wool gloves are needed.

If your feet are cold put on a warm hat. You lose most of your heat from your head due to significant blood flow to your brain box.

You will generate a lot of heat walking with a pack. Don't sweat.

Sunglasses are essential in sunny conditions when there is snow on the ground. Sun screen should be used too.

You will encounter weather that is below freezing but it isn't usually really cold (defined here as below -5C).

Watch out for pavement that looks wet black in freezing temperatures. Its called black ice and provides zero traction resulting in slipping hazard.

Albergues in small villages are all closed. Plan to stay in the larger towns even if that means taking a shorter day.

Make yourself visible given poor light conditions in winter and get off the road when cars approach on narrow windy roads.

Wear plastic bags on your feet in snow if your boots aren't 100% waterproof.

I'm from Canada where there is a reputation for cold weather.
 

mspath

Veteran Member
Donating Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
#13
Here are a few practical tips re choosing a bunk gleaned from more than 450 cumulative nights spent in pilgrim albergues over the past 10 years. Since I'm old a bottom bunk is a most convenient and in this internet age it is handy to have an electric socket close by.

In cold weather never choose a 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.

Try not to take a bunk set side by side with another unless you truly know your bunk-mate; if you are sleeping next to a total stranger do at least introduce yourself! Generally it all works out as everyone sleeps in their own allotted space like peas in a pod. Nevertheless a few unhappy times I have had to find another bunk in the middle of the night due to a consistently overactive neighboring pilgrim who forgot where he was (and that I was old enough to be his grandmother) as he zealously thrashed into 'my' bunk space. Although memorable these were not restful moments.

Carpe diem and Buen camino!
 
Camino(s) past & future
French way (Sep-Oct. 2013)
French way(09. Feb-24. Mar. 2017)
#15
Hi! Karla
I'm going to arrive at SJPP on 9th Feb and start to walk the French way on 10th Feb 2017!
Hope you meet somewhere!!! ^^
 
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Jakob

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Walked the Camino Frances March/April 2014 with my wife.
Planning to walk another March 2016..
#16
My wife and I will start walking on Feb 26. We walked the Camino starting March 15 in 2014, we thought even earlier would be better this year. Cool walking weather, cold nights (bring a sleeping bag), less crowds. February will be awesome, see you all there.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Planning to walk the Camino February (2017)
#17
Hello Karla,

I aim to start from SJPDP on the 7th of February. this will be my 4th February Camino-----that month suits my life style.

As there are not many pilgrims at that time after a couple of days on the road you will get to know everyone and you can be sure they will watch out for you. I always stay in the albergues and it really works to get the feeling of being on The Way.

There are lots of threads about gear and clothing in the Forum. Keep the weight down which keeps the spirits up !!

you didn`t say where you are starting from but I will watch out for you.

Buen Camino,

Charlie
Hello Charlie,
Thank you so much for your message. Time it's getting closer and it encourages me to know that this is your 4th Camino.
I want to start from SJDP but I have a Spanish friend who says that part might be close due to the harsh weather so he is advising me to start from Roncesvalles!
What's your experience with this?
Thank you hopefully we can meet!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Planning to walk the Camino February (2017)
#18
Hi, I'm set to start on 1 February. I hope I find some fellow pilgrims, my last was in July 2014. There was no shortage of pilgrims then. I am nervous but excited, especially because I'm from South Africa and snow and cold are not common here.
I am nervous and also excited.
The weather sounds cold lol but I guess if you bring enough layers of clothes all will be ok. It's an adventurous experience but I'm happy I'm doing it. See you around!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Planning to walk the Camino February (2017)
#19
COLD rule: wear Clean Overlapping Layers of Dry clothes.

You put on and take off layers to stay warm while avoiding sweating. The sweet spot is where you are just about uncomfortable.

Scarf and wool gloves are needed.

If your feet are cold put on a warm hat. You lose most of your heat from your head due to significant blood flow to your brain box.

You will generate a lot of heat walking with a pack. Don't sweat.

Sunglasses are essential in sunny conditions when there is snow on the ground. Sun screen should be used too.

You will encounter weather that is below freezing but it isn't usually really cold (defined here as below -5C).

Watch out for pavement that looks wet black in freezing temperatures. Its called black ice and provides zero traction resulting in slipping hazard.

Albergues in small villages are all closed. Plan to stay in the larger towns even if that means taking a shorter day.

Make yourself visible given poor light conditions in winter and get off the road when cars approach on narrow windy roads.

Wear plastic bags on your feet in snow if your boots aren't 100% waterproof.

I'm from Canada where there is a reputation for cold weather.
Thank you so much this helps a lot .
I'm trying not to get discouraged before my departure time. Lol
 
Camino(s) past & future
Jan 27 - Feb 26, 2017
#23
I'm just about to book a trip to start around January 28th. I'll post back here when I know for sure!
OK trip is booked. Arrive into Paris Jan 28, starting on Jan 29th! I have until Feb 26th when my flight leaves Madrid. Looking forward to seeing who I met on the trip!

I'll be on IG while on the trip so feel free to add bradwilliamseas there!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Starting Camino Frances February 1st 2017
#25
Hi all,

I will be starting the 1st of February from SJPDP (arriving January 31st with the last train). I am very excited and looking forward to the experience :)
Hope to meet some of you there!

Greetings from the Netherlands,
Patty
 
Camino(s) past & future
Planning to walk the Camino February (2017)
#27
Looks like I might be ahead of you. Are you starting from St. Jean Pied de Port? I'll be leaving from there on the 30th if everything goes according to plan.
I do want to start from SPDP if everything goes according to my plan! I was thinking that it depends on the weather and trail conditions but the other option is Rocenvalles. Yeah you will be like ten days ahead of me! I was hoping to stop in Barcelona for a few days but maybe I won't!
 
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Mariannevibe

Guest
#28
I will be starting in Fromista on 9. february - anyone around by that time let me know :)

Have a great trip Karla!
If you walk from St.Jean, the alternative route (by Valcarlos) or the highway is always open year round. It is only the high route (by Orrison) that is closed in winter.
 

PlutseligPilegrim

Frances-Norte-Levante-Sanabres-Portugues
Camino(s) past & future
Via Francigena - Canterbury - Roma
(2018)
St Olav’s way - Novgorod - Trondheim
(2018)
#29
Just remember layer on layer for chilly mornings....

I hastily sent home approx two kilos and bummed out.....my wrong


Finished El norte 1/1-17

Go for it!

Buen Camino Karla
 
Camino(s) past & future
Planning to walk the Camino February (2017)
#30
I will be starting in Fromista on 9. february - anyone around by that time let me know :)

Have a great trip Karla!
If you walk from St.Jean, the alternative route (by Valcarlos) or the highway is always open year round. It is only the high route (by Orrison) that is closed in winter.

Thank you
 

J F Gregory

Preparing for the Norte
Donating Member
Camino(s) past & future
March-April,2016 finished
October- November 2018 to walk the Del Norte.
#33
Hello, can you please tell me how the weather was in March and were you able to find places to sleep?
We started in March and there was a lot of snow, rain. We walked through several days of snow, but mostly rain and overcast cloudy. Had 6 full days of sun. We walked then because that was the only time we had off. If I were to do the Frances again it would be mid April or October/ November. I am not complaining because we knew what the weather was going to be like. Much like where I live. Were are walking again in April 2019 and haven't decided which route yet.
 

TJ Hooper

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
October 2018
#34
Thank you for this information. I think that I will go in late October. I was mainly worried that the abbergues would not be open in October/November. Also, I DO NOT want to walk in the snow. I'm from Southern California and it feels like it's freezing at 45 degrees fahrenheit.
 

J F Gregory

Preparing for the Norte
Donating Member
Camino(s) past & future
March-April,2016 finished
October- November 2018 to walk the Del Norte.
#36
Thank you for this information. I think that I will go in late October. I was mainly worried that the abbergues would not be open in October/November. Also, I DO NOT want to walk in the snow. I'm from Southern California and it feels like it's freezing at 45 degrees fahrenheit.
I don't believe you will have any problems finding beds.
Buen Camino
 

falcon269

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yes
#38
I DO NOT want to walk in the snow. I'm from Southern California and it feels like it's freezing at 45 degrees fahrenheit.
February is not for you!! All the higher elevations will have snow, and sometimes it will snow at the lower levels. October will have some albergue closings, but snow is rare.
 

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