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camping stool -- worth it?

Would you carry a camping stool


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Jakke

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portugues (2016), Via de la Plata / Sanabrés, Barcelona - Santiago, la Lana - 2019
1520846444460.png My fellow pilgrims! This stool weighs 0,68 kg. What do you think? Worth it? I remember the long stretches without a possibility to sit on the Via de la Plata... I often wished there were more benches/large stones/places to sit high enough to get up easily (I am 68 years old). Would you carry this for that luxury?
 

Kanga

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese, Primitivo

Nekodemus

Certified insane
Camino(s) past & future
Been there, done that. Keep coming back.
Most likely addicted.
Some backpackers swear by their stools, some don't consider them worth carrying. The only one who can judge if it's worth carrying, is yourself.

If you have trouble sitting on the ground, it may actually be worth carrying. On the other hand, it IS extra weight that you have to carry all the way.

I wouldn't, but I don't have problems with getting up. What I carry, is a small (19 gram) ass pad to sit on.

And I wouldn't dare sit on my current backpack. Now, if I were carrying a Fjällräven Stubben ... ;)
 

linkster

Nunca dejes de creer!
Camino(s) past & future
CF (17) Sarria - Portomarín
CF (17) SJPdP - SdC
CF (18) SJPdP - Fisterra
CP (19) Porto - Muxia
I am not 68, but my Dad is 89. I bought him a similar type stool with a sling that is pretty light. He takes it with him when we go out, and uses it when his legs get tired. It's your camino. Bring what you want. Worst case ... you don't make use of it, you get tired of carrying it, and leave it in the donativo box.
 

Peter Fransiscus

Be proud of who you are.
Camino(s) past & future
All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
View attachment 40121 My fellow pilgrims! This stool weighs 0,68 kg. What do you think? Worth it? I remember the long stretches without a possibility to sit on the Via de la Plata... I often wished there were more benches/large stones/places to sit high enough to get up easily (I am 68 years old). Would you carry this for that luxury?
In principle you can sit where you stand.;)

Wish you well , Peter .
 

Jakke

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portugues (2016), Via de la Plata / Sanabrés, Barcelona - Santiago, la Lana - 2019
Actually @Jakke I'd love that - provided someone else carried it! I take an inflatable pillow (because I don't like or trust the ones in albergues) and it doubles as a seat. But I still have to get up and down off the ground.

How about a shooting stick? It would be your walking pole normally, but doubles as a seat. Some here:

https://www.distinctlybritish.com/supaseat-shooting-sticks-linden-leisure-c102x2201048
Good idea, but price wise there is no competition (3,90€). Maybe I can make one myself.
 

Jakke

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portugues (2016), Via de la Plata / Sanabrés, Barcelona - Santiago, la Lana - 2019
Some backpackers swear by their stools, some don't consider them worth carrying. The only one who can judge if it's worth carrying, is yourself.

If you have trouble sitting on the ground, it may actually be worth carrying. On the other hand, it IS extra weight that you have to carry all the way.

I wouldn't, but I don't have problems with getting up. What I carry, is a small (19 gram) ass pad to sit on.

And I wouldn't dare sit on my current backpack. Now, if I were carrying a Fjällräven Stubben ... ;)
Or this one for 40€:
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Jakke

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portugues (2016), Via de la Plata / Sanabrés, Barcelona - Santiago, la Lana - 2019
I’m with Robo.
If you need to relax, use you backpack as a pillow, or sit on it.
Ps you’ll meet pilgrims older than you. There are quite a few of us
Oh yes, I know. It is just that I cannot use my present backpack as a seat and getting up from floor level is becoming a real pain...
 

Lirsy

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Primitivo, Norte, Francés, Volunteer Hospitalero.
800 Km, 600 gr ... I wouldn't carry that!!:confused: ... Even if I know I would love counting with it time by time.
 

SeaHorse

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
(May-June 2015)
I had a light foldable pad to sit on (from Ikea). That was necessary as the stone benches were very cold in early mornings or rainy weather. And I didn't fancy sitting right on the ground or grass. But there were always some uneven terrain, ditch or higher side of the road that I could use as a chair, no point to carry your own.
 

Jakke

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portugues (2016), Via de la Plata / Sanabrés, Barcelona - Santiago, la Lana - 2019
Sorry, I can't see the point.
Sit on your pack.....;)
Or the ground.
Even if I have to roll over a bit, get on my knees first and then stand up.........better than carrying that weight.
I cannot sit on my pack (unless I buy another one). I have no problem hiking otherwise, but getting up from ground level is becoming a literal pain unfortunately
 

nycwalking

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF: (2001, 2002, 2004, 2014). Hospitalera: 2002, Ponferrada. 2004, Rabanal del Camino.
I cannot sit on my pack (unless I buy another one). I have no problem hiking otherwise, but getting up from ground level is becoming a literal pain unfortunately
If you need it take it. It will give you peace of mind knowing you can stop, rest, then get up again without too much trouble.
 

Nekodemus

Certified insane
Camino(s) past & future
Been there, done that. Keep coming back.
Most likely addicted.
Or this one for 40€:
Actually, I was joking. I wouldn't take either pack, as neither of them have load bearing hip belts, plus the Stubben pack is rather heavy.

You may want to take a look at the Robens Discover stool. 280 gram and available in Finland.

BTW: do you know the game of Jokke? :p

3 personer går in i ett slutet rum
Vodkaen drickas
En person går ut och de andra byter till att gissa vem som har gått
Leken kan också spelas av 2 personer - - - - men det kräver mycket mera sprit
 

RJM

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
A few times
It is not that heavy and not that expensive. If you do not mind the extra weight of it, I say go ahead and bring it. I can see where it would be very handy at times on long stretches between towns. Take a break, pop out the stool and take in the scenery.
and as said before, and because it is inexpensive, if you decide you don't want it anymore, leave it in an albergue. Someone there, even if not a pilgrim, will make use of it.
A friend of mine carried something similar for the entire Appalachian Trail in the US. He said he used it all the time and he didn't mind the extra ounces of it. Some people do not mind a heavier pack and walk well with them.
 

cher99840

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2013, 2017 Camino Frances SJPP-Santiago
2015 St. Olav's Way Oslo-Trondheim
2017 VdlP Seville-Merida
I suggest that you take whatever makes you happy and that you gear test ahead of time. Putting off resting because there is no “good” place to sit could be harder on you than carrying an extra 600 grams. Prioritizing our needs/wants for the journey adds to the fun (and challenge) of preparation.
 

Stivandrer

Perambulating & Curious. Rep stravaiging offender
Camino(s) past & future
I´ve got Camino plans until 2042,
- or till I fall flat on my face, whichever comes first !!
I have been tempted, when I get to a place where there is nothing to sit on, not even an elevated stone to place and retier your boots.
I found one that withstands a 120 kg person and light built, too, but still haven´t bought one....
 

hecate105

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2009 Portuguese Estellas 2014 Aurelia 2016 St Davids 2017 Via Augusta/V dl P. 2018 Michael Mary Way
I always take one on a day walk and carry it. On a Camino I take a walking trailer so the extra weight is ok. Usually I cycle so also no prob.
I did scoff at my husband when he insisted on taking stools on our 1st camino... And I laughed uproariously when he broke both between Sintra and Porto... but he bought 2 fishing seats in Porto - which I would not now leave home without! So who 's laughing now! ;)
 

Stivandrer

Perambulating & Curious. Rep stravaiging offender
Camino(s) past & future
I´ve got Camino plans until 2042,
- or till I fall flat on my face, whichever comes first !!
..not available...
 

Jacobus

Pilgrim since 2008
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2008 09 14
Del Norte 2011. Portuguese 2015, 2017Ingles 2015 Fisterre 2015.
I have never taken one however need might be your prime consideration. For example I need access to blood testing equipment and medications. My pack has a connected front mounted bag that allows immediate access to what I require. No real decision to be made as I deem it necessary.
If you deem it necessary then you should bring it.
 

onwayhome

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances Ponferrada-Santiago,(c1986)
Frances SJPP-Santiago (2011)
Portuguese Porto- Finisterre (2016)
St Michaels Way (2016)
There's a lot to be said for a bit of comfort along the Way. If that stool looks good to you why not give it a try?
Also, might it be possible to experiment with different ways of getting up from a lower position? A good physical therapist or Alexander Technique teacher could be helpful with exploring this if you were interested.
 

MeandIan

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
May2018
View attachment 40121 My fellow pilgrims! This stool weighs 0,68 kg. What do you think? Worth it? I remember the long stretches without a possibility to sit on the Via de la Plata... I often wished there were more benches/large stones/places to sit high enough to get up easily (I am 68 years old). Would you carry this for that luxury?
We carried those a few years ago because I had trouble getting up with my knee problems and they were great! Even if you’re sitting on a chair, you can put your feet up. I have thought of taking one but the thought of an extra half a kilo is killing that idea
 

OzAnnie

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
'Portuguese,Frances,Norte,Salvador/primitivo,Le puy, Inglés, CDM, Invierno, Fin/Mux, VDLP spring19
Oh yes, I know. It is just that I cannot use my present backpack as a seat and getting up from floor level is becoming a real pain...
Hi @Jakke
I hope I didn’t come across as making light of your problem. I too find it very difficult/hard getting up. But I know there are different degrees of pain. I feel for you.
I’m heading off myself in a week and over past few months have been attending some Pilates and yoga classes. I feel that the good stretching I am learning has been mobilising my joints and preparing my muscles a bit more than they have been when commencing previous caminos.
I’ve had different problems occur each walk, but really feel the yoga/Pilates stretching may help prepare me.
My comment on your seat, really reflected my thoughts on trying to keep (my)backpack weight down., as this, in turn, helps prevent problems which develop in (my ) feet after many days of too much weight.
It’s all a trade off and as has been advised above ., you can always take it, and discard it if you need to.

Buen Camino
Annie
 

Jakke

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portugues (2016), Via de la Plata / Sanabrés, Barcelona - Santiago, la Lana - 2019
I was wrong:
https://www.naturligvis.com/vare/9022-robens-geographic-graa
( Robens)
this one weighs 260 grms and carries a load up to 170 kgs.
Still would not bring it, but others might.
Not bad! The 33 cm are good -- it fits in my pack. On the other hand, the stool is probably pretty low. However, even 30 cm is better than sitting on the ground. I have not had a chance to go to a sports store here, but I am sure they must have something similarly light.

I fully understand those, who prefer not to carry extra weight. If it helps me, it is not extra. Think about this: 260 gr = 0.26 l of water. How many carry an extra liter "just to be sure"?
 

Jakke

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portugues (2016), Via de la Plata / Sanabrés, Barcelona - Santiago, la Lana - 2019
We carried those a few years ago because I had trouble getting up with my knee problems and they were great! Even if you’re sitting on a chair, you can put your feet up. I have thought of taking one but the thought of an extra half a kilo is killing that idea
See Stivandrer's post above. 260 gr = a little bottle of water. Most carry much more extra water just in case. I have decided this is useful enough for me to carry this little.
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" Camino
but 2019?
Actually @Jakke I'd love that - provided someone else carried it! I take an inflatable pillow (because I don't like or trust the ones in albergues) and it doubles as a seat. But I still have to get up and down off the ground.

How about a shooting stick? It would be your walking pole normally, but doubles as a seat. Some here:

https://www.distinctlybritish.com/supaseat-shooting-sticks-linden-leisure-c102x2201048
Super if one want's to take the weight off of one's feet after a hard day with the Purdey ;)

I had one once, pre-telescopic shaft days. OK to perch against but too short to use as a hiking pole.

Of course one's ghillie ought to be carrying one of these for you

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(there's a matching footstool too!)

If only . . .
 

andywild

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
april '2018'
baisuit_1.jpg I'm considering taking something like this. Fitting small wheels will make it so that I don't have to carry it at all, just push. Also by adding a small petrol generator I can utilise the "tilt and lift" option which makes
 

Jakke

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portugues (2016), Via de la Plata / Sanabrés, Barcelona - Santiago, la Lana - 2019
View attachment 40195I'm considering taking something like this. Fitting small wheels will make it so that I don't have to carry it at all, just push. Also by adding a small petrol generator I can utilise the "tilt and lift" option which makes
I'll never get up from that chair :))
 
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HikeTall

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Haven't walked the Camino yet. But I've hiked all over this beautiful planet and hope to walk the Camino in the near future.
I was about to say a stool?! No way! But then i realized that i bring my ENO sub7 hammock with me wherever I travel. It's less than 7 oz tho. I just throw it in my backpack. However, I not only use it to lounge in, i use it to sleep in.

Personally, i wouldn't lug a stool around with me tho. But thats a call you're gonna have to make. If you think you might need to rest a lot along the way, maybe the extra weight of the stool would be counter productive? Maybe simply sitting on an available structure on the camino, or even the grass would be a better option than lugging a stool around with you. I mean by the time you slung your backpack off your shoulders and took out the stool, you could just plop down on the grass.

I dunno. I never would tell someone whats right for them. Nothing wrong with a luxury item. I just think you'll have plenty of places to sit down along the way without having to pack a stool. Bien camino!
 

Kurt5280

Crazy Enough To Try It Again!
Camino(s) past & future
Frances: SJPDP to Finisterre & Muxia 9/15 (MTB) - Norte: Bayonne to Muxia & Finisterre 9/18 (MTB)
Maybe a "Tushion"...a small piece of light weight sleeping mat just big enough to go under your butt.
 

Jakke

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portugues (2016), Via de la Plata / Sanabrés, Barcelona - Santiago, la Lana - 2019
I was about to say a stool?! No way! But then i realized that i bring my ENO sub7 hammock with me wherever I travel. It's less than 7 oz tho. I just throw it in my backpack. However, I not only use it to lounge in, i use it to sleep in.

Personally, i wouldn't lug a stool around with me tho. But thats a call you're gonna have to make. If you think you might need to rest a lot along the way, maybe the extra weight of the stool would be counter productive? Maybe simply sitting on an available structure on the camino, or even the grass would be a better option than lugging a stool around with you. I mean by the time you slung your backpack off your shoulders and took out the stool, you could just plop down on the grass.

I dunno. I never would tell someone whats right for them. Nothing wrong with a luxury item. I just think you'll have plenty of places to sit down along the way without having to pack a stool. Bien camino!
If only there were those "stuctures" more often. At least last year (Via de la Plata) I wished many times there were tree trunks, boulders.. anything. It often meant I had no choice but to keep going. I had a hard time getting up from floor level, so just a rug won't do for me. That is no choice, just a fact of life for me. It is nice to see you all think with me and come up with so many alternatives. Thanks!
 

HikeTall

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Haven't walked the Camino yet. But I've hiked all over this beautiful planet and hope to walk the Camino in the near future.
If only there were those "stuctures" more often. At least last year (Via de la Plata) I wished many times there were tree trunks, boulders.. anything. It often meant I had no choice but to keep going. I had a hard time getting up from floor level, so just a rug won't do for me. That is no choice, just a fact of life for me. It is nice to see you all think with me and come up with so many alternatives. Thanks!
Well, thats ultimately all that matters! If it will legitamely help you because of physical need, it's not a luxury item, it's a necessity! Better to bring it and enjoy the camino, than not go on the camino at all. Now THAT would be a mistake.
 

MeandIan

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
May2018
See Stivandrer's post above. 260 gr = a little bottle of water. Most carry much more extra water just in case. I have decided this is useful enough for me to carry this little.
I’m going to give it serious thought
 

Jakke

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portugues (2016), Via de la Plata / Sanabrés, Barcelona - Santiago, la Lana - 2019
Just make sure you use it correctly, otherwise???
;) Sure! This is excellent in the Pilgrims' Office as you wait for your turn at the desk. Usually the few chairs in the hall are taken. This is easy to move and small. For a stop on the camino, I'd like a bit less weight on my feet. So I decided for the tripod stool -- one that is high enough.
 

MichelleElynHogan

Veteran Member
View attachment 40195I'm considering taking something like this. Fitting small wheels will make it so that I don't have to carry it at all, just push. Also by adding a small petrol generator I can utilise the "tilt and lift" option which makes
Nah, if Spain is noted for anything, it is how much energy it produces from Solar. So, put a solar panel on top of the chair and power it with the Sun. No need to buy petrol over and over. Just sit and steer. You can likely set up a great bank of 18650 batteries under the seat. So, they can automatically keep the bum warm as they charge / discharge, added bonus.

Dibs on the rental rights on the Camino Frances.
 

Walking Lover

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CdS from Leon to Santiago, June 16, 2016 to June 30, 2016.
View attachment 40121 My fellow pilgrims! This stool weighs 0,68 kg. What do you think? Worth it? I remember the long stretches without a possibility to sit on the Via de la Plata... I often wished there were more benches/large stones/places to sit high enough to get up easily (I am 68 years old). Would you carry this for that luxury?
No.
 

OzAnnie

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
'Portuguese,Frances,Norte,Salvador/primitivo,Le puy, Inglés, CDM, Invierno, Fin/Mux, VDLP spring19
If only there were those "stuctures" more often. At least last year (Via de la Plata) I wished many times there were tree trunks, boulders.. anything. It often meant I had no choice but to keep going. I had a hard time getting up from floor level, so just a rug won't do for me. That is no choice, just a fact of life for me. It is nice to see you all think with me and come up with so many alternatives. Thanks!
Jakke,
Quite the dilemma for you.
I am wondering if you use trekking poles?
It doesn’t help with the sit down but I do use them if I need to rest / I put them in front of me and rest/lean my weight on them for a bit. This doesn’t rest your weary legs though but gives you chance to recover and hopefully your legs are getting a short break too.

Annie
 

PemaquidCarol

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Possibly at end of May 2017
Jakke ~I "strolled" a small part of the Frances last June. I brought a camping chair, as I too am 67 years old and have replaced knees, lots of arthritis, sore back, hips, feet, etc. It's very difficult to get off the ground..."it ain't pretty"! I had a small dolly to pull my pack (another story). I didn't use the chair much, so I packed in my larger bag which was moved ahead each day. But, it was heavier than your stool. I found cafes, stones to sit on, etc., so I didn't need it. However, I did not stroll long. I would say, bring it, if it will provide some comfort to you on the trail, at only 1 1/2#. As someone said previously, you can always cast it off. But, it's not that heavy. It could give you a place to rest when you need to rest. Best of luck to you. Buen Camino.
 

Jakke

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portugues (2016), Via de la Plata / Sanabrés, Barcelona - Santiago, la Lana - 2019
Jakke ~I "strolled" a small part of the Frances last June. I brought a camping chair, as I too am 67 years old and have replaced knees, lots of arthritis, sore back, hips, feet, etc. It's very difficult to get off the ground..."it ain't pretty"! I had a small dolly to pull my pack (another story). I didn't use the chair much, so I packed in my larger bag which was moved ahead each day. But, it was heavier than your stool. I found cafes, stones to sit on, etc., so I didn't need it. However, I did not stroll long. I would say, bring it, if it will provide some comfort to you on the trail, at only 1 1/2#. As someone said previously, you can always cast it off. But, it's not that heavy. It could give you a place to rest when you need to rest. Best of luck to you. Buen Camino.
Thanks. Yes. It ain't nice and at times pretty painful. I have decided to bring a stool.
 

Jakke

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portugues (2016), Via de la Plata / Sanabrés, Barcelona - Santiago, la Lana - 2019
Jakke,
Quite the dilemma for you.
I am wondering if you use trekking poles?
It doesn’t help with the sit down but I do use them if I need to rest / I put them in front of me and rest/lean my weight on them for a bit. This doesn’t rest your weary legs though but gives you chance to recover and hopefully your legs are getting a short break too.

Annie
Yes, Annie, I do use poles and find them very useful. I tend to get blisters and it would be so nice to be able to sit now and then and rest those soles. So, I'll carry the stool.
 

Jakke

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portugues (2016), Via de la Plata / Sanabrés, Barcelona - Santiago, la Lana - 2019
Nah, if Spain is noted for anything, it is how much energy it produces from Solar. So, put a solar panel on top of the chair and power it with the Sun. No need to buy petrol over and over. Just sit and steer. You can likely set up a great bank of 18650 batteries under the seat. So, they can automatically keep the bum warm as they charge / discharge, added bonus.

Dibs on the rental rights on the Camino Frances.
That is a real problem for a serious pilgrim, as you cannot use transportation. A chair that independently moves behind you and transports your pack, maybe?
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" Camino
but 2019?
Hi there!

I’m after a comfy camping chair. Full heigh with head support.

I’d like it to collapse as much as possible, but it’s for pitching the tent in the new forest sites rather than hiking, so size and weight is less important than luxury. Found some options here https://www.techprohomes.com/best-camping-chair-for-bad-back-in-2019/ .
Lafuma Futura Zero Gravity Chair looks a decent choice
If you're talking about camping in the New Forest in England you might like to consider looking at the Moon Chair from Blacks when you get over here. Extremely comfortable and a sensible height. They come in grey too and have resided in the back of my KIA since I bought them in August - 2 for £30.
!I've actually dozed off in mine.)
 

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