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clothing for the Camino between Sept and Oct.

weiho

Wei Ho
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances , September/October 2018
Hello everyone!

I am planing my first Camino and wondering how many layers of cloth I need to have to keep me warm. I will start from St Jean on 25th Sept and hopefully arrive Santiago at the end of October. I will try to bring the minimum but at the same time keep me warm. I have a very average tolerance of heat and cold. So, my question is how many layers of cloth I need to bring with me. Thank you all!
 
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Shalaw

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2015
Hi Weiho. I walked from Sept. 6 - Oct. 7, and it definitely got cooler as the days passed, so I can imagine it will be quite chilly towards the end of October. I'm not sure about you, but as long as the upper part of my body is warm, then I am warm. There were days when we would leave the albergue and it would be about 4 degrees Celsius, so I would start out wearing my merino wool hat and gloves, a t-shirt, my merino wool long sleeved top and then my windbreaker (sometimes, I would even layer on my fleece before my windbreaker, on those especially cold mornings!). It was so easy to peel away layers, as the day warmed up. Next time, instead of a fleece, I will bring one of those pack-away-down jackets. As far as the bottoms went, I was warm enough in my technical zip-off pants, but you could wear some merino wool basics underneath your pants for warmth. I'm not sure where you are based, but they often sell these basics at Costco.

Buen Camino!!
 
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Layers, layers, layers. I can't stress it enough. I started the Frances route in early September and finished in Santiago on Oct. 8. It was so hot near the beginning that we began walking in the dark for 2 hours each morning to avoid the afternoon heat. By the end, I was wearing a merino toque and mitts in the morning, a long-sleeved merino top, and a Primaloft jacket with my Goretex jacket on top. Three days out of Santiago, the rain started and on the last day we were walking in sideways torrential rain.
As said in the earlier reply, it is easy to remove a layer.
 

RJM

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A few times
When I walked the Camino through mid September or so, I wore shorts and t-shirts everyday of that month. Somewhat chilly at night and early morning sometime, but not cold. I had a fleece pullover for that.
I definitely would not carry much in the way of cold weather garments.
 

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I pack three layers for that time of the year (actually they are the same for any time of the year, just the make varies, warmer ones in fall/winter, lighter ones in summer):

Base layer: Merino T-Shirt
Warmth: Fleece jumper
Wind/Rain: super-light weight windbreaker or poncho/rain trousers if it is raining/snowing

Buen Camino, SY
 
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2017 (Sept/Oct): CF: SJPdP-->Fisterra-->Muxia (solo)
2019 (late Sept): CF: SJPdP-->Leon (honeymoon!)
Short sleeve, long sleeve, packable down jacket, rain jacket & pants, and convertible pants is what I used mid-Sept to end of Oct last year.
 

weiho

Wei Ho
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances , September/October 2018
Hi Weiho. I walked from Sept. 6 - Oct. 7, and it definitely got cooler as the days passed, so I can imagine it will be quite chilly towards the end of October. I'm not sure about you, but as long as the upper part of my body is warm, then I am warm. There were days when we would leave the albergue and it would be about 4 degrees Celsius, so I would start out wearing my merino wool hat and gloves, a t-shirt, my merino wool long sleeved top and then my windbreaker (sometimes, I would even layer on my fleece before my windbreaker, on those especially cold mornings!). It was so easy to peel away layers, as the day warmed up. Next time, instead of a fleece, I will bring one of those pack-away-down jackets. As far as the bottoms went, I was warm enough in my technical zip-off pants, but you could wear some merino wool basics underneath your pants for warmth. I'm not sure where you are based, but they often sell these basics at Costco.

Buen Camino!!
Thank you!
 

weiho

Wei Ho
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances , September/October 2018
Layers, layers, layers. I can't stress it enough. I started the Frances route in early September and finished in Santiago on Oct. 8. It was so hot near the beginning that we began walking in the dark for 2 hours each morning to avoid the afternoon heat. By the end, I was wearing a merino toque and mitts in the morning, a long-sleeved merino top, and a Primaloft jacket with my Goretex jacket on top. Three days out of Santiago, the rain started and on the last day we were walking in sideways torrential rain.
As said in the earlier reply, it is easy to remove a layer.
Thank you for your help!
 

weiho

Wei Ho
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances , September/October 2018
When I walked the Camino through mid September or so, I wore shorts and t-shirts everyday of that month. Somewhat chilly at night and early morning sometime, but not cold. I had a fleece pullover for that.
I definitely would not carry much in the way of cold weather garments.
Thank you very much!
 

weiho

Wei Ho
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances , September/October 2018
I pack three layers for that time of the year (actually they are the same for any time of the year, just the make varies, warmer ones in fall/winter, lighter ones in summer):

Base layer: Merino T-Shirt
Warmth: Fleece jumper
Wind/Rain: super-light weight windbreaker or poncho/rain trousers if it is raining/snowing

Buen Camino, SY
Thanks a lot!
 
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lt56ny

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CF(2012) Le Puy/CF (2015) Portugues (2017) Norte (2018) CF (2019) VDLP?
The first time I walked CF (started on Sept 21 from St Jean) it was hot and around 90 with the sun beating down on us on the Meseta every day. In Galicia it snowed 3 times.
My second Camino I started in Le Puy and got to St Jean on September 19 and went up the hill on 21 because of the pouring rain and possible snow on top on the 20thj. On the Meseta it was about 50 or so (I am a Fahrenheit gringo) and the rain came down hard for many hours a day almost every day with a nice 20 or 25 mile an hour wind! It was a little on the intense side. Galicia was lovely.
Layers as almost everyone said. Rain Gea and I had a fleece pullover and underarmor long sleeves top and bottom. Gloves and a beanie (stocking cap). I was fine. Who knows what to expect.
 

C clearly

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Year of past OR future Camino
2021
Here's what I have all packed and ready to go for April. It's the same as I would take in October.
  • Walking clothes for pleasant day - pants, base t-shirt, light long sleeve shirt (might be button-up sun-shirt)
  • Rain layer - pants and jacket - good for cold or windy days too
  • Evening/night clothes - long sleeve base layer top, alternate short sleeve top, long merino sweat pants
  • Light-to-medium weight fleece or merino zip top, and a sleeveless down vest
  • Merino wool buff and liner gloves
On a really bad day, put them all on! In mid-summer, leave the down vest at home. In mid-winter add another very lightweight base layer.
 

Robert Long

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Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances Sept 2016
Camino Portuguse Oct 2018
For warmth I carry a down jacket. It weights almost nothing. Keeps me comfortable down to freezing, rolls up into a ball. And doubles as a pillow.

We arrive in St Jean on the 25 of Sept and begin our walk on the 26th. Buen Camino.
 

weiho

Wei Ho
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances , September/October 2018
The first time I walked CF (started on Sept 21 from St Jean) it was hot and around 90 with the sun beating down on us on the Meseta every day. In Galicia it snowed 3 times.
My second Camino I started in Le Puy and got to St Jean on September 19 and went up the hill on 21 because of the pouring rain and possible snow on top on the 20thj. On the Meseta it was about 50 or so (I am a Fahrenheit gringo) and the rain came down hard for many hours a day almost every day with a nice 20 or 25 mile an hour wind! It was a little on the intense side. Galicia was lovely.
Layers as almost everyone said. Rain Gea and I had a fleece pullover and underarmor long sleeves top and bottom. Gloves and a beanie (stocking cap). I was fine. Who knows what to expect.
Thank you!
 
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weiho

Wei Ho
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances , September/October 2018
Here's what I have all packed and ready to go for April. It's the same as I would take in October.
  • Walking clothes for pleasant day - pants, base t-shirt, light long sleeve shirt (might be button-up sun-shirt)
  • Rain layer - pants and jacket - good for cold or windy days too
  • Evening/night clothes - long sleeve base layer top, alternate short sleeve top, long merino sweat pants
  • Light-to-medium weight fleece or merino zip top, and a sleeveless down vest
  • Merino wool buff and liner gloves
On a really bad day, put them all on! In mid-summer, leave the down vest at home. In mid-winter add another very lightweight base layer.
Thank you!
 

weiho

Wei Ho
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances , September/October 2018
For warmth I carry a down jacket. It weights almost nothing. Keeps me comfortable down to freezing, rolls up into a ball. And doubles as a pillow.

We arrive in St Jean on the 25 of Sept and begin our walk on the 26th. Buen Camino.
Buen Camino!
 

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