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Credential...enough space?

Staffman

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2019)
This is my first post so I hope my question isn't stupid. I am planning to walk the entire Camino Frances route over April/May 2019. If I am to gain a stamp each day and 2 per day for the last 100 Km will the number of spaces in the credential not run out? Should I get 2 credentials or is there something I don't know about?
Also, if I am unable to get a bed for the night in Orrisson, I may try to get a taxi back to SJPP and return the next morning to continue my journey. Can anyone give me a ballpark figure as to how much a taxi would cost?
 

MhaelK

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances: SJPdP -> Fisterra, (sep 26- oct 18, 2017)
One set of credentials was more than enough for me, but i walked CF in 21 days, and even had plenty of space for the Fisterra stamps as well.

i believe bed at Orrison can be booked in advance, so at least you will know or not.
 

Kiernan

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés febr/march (2012)
Camino Francés febr/march (2019)
I bought a second one on the way, since one was not enough.
I'm now four days to go to my second Camino (Yuhuu 🍾) and I'll buy two of them.
Anyway....I don't need the stamps for the Compostela, since I don't want it. They are just for me 🤷‍♂️
 

J F Gregory

Portugal Central - October 2019
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (March-April,2016) finished, (October 2019) Portuguese Central Route.
It depends on how many stamps you want. a person can receive 1 daily stamp up until the last 100 km when they need 2 per day. Some people go stamp crazy and that is me. I received several stamps a day because I wanted too. The stamps are mostly unique to the place where you are and so I used 2 credentials and I have them framed along with my Compostella and map of the Frances. My next Caminho is the Portuguese and I already have my 2 pilgrim passports in case I run out of room on one. By the way I will not receive a second Compostela, the 1 is ok with me as I completed my first walk. It is about the journey both physical and spiritual not the destination.
 

Star63

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
September 22 to october 7, 2018
Two credentials is probably a good ideas, especially if you collect the stamps along the way between towns.
Also if you stop at the pilgrim office in Saint Jena Pied de port, they could probably tell you if Orisson is full or not, for us since we started late morning, the peoples at the pilgrim office were very helpfuil, they called Orisson and they reserved us the two last beds. The refuge at Orrisson also have a website for reservation.
 

Vaughan

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francais
I was wondering about this too as I'm planning on taking around 33 days. Two is the obvious answer! I had been thinking of trying to cram them all on the one card but that would be too messy.
 

RJM

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
A few times
You can actually obtain two sets at the pilgrim's office in Saint Jean. Just explain to them you plan on getting many stamps and need another one. It will only cost you another 2 euros. Or, you can get one at the pilgrim's office and then pick up (for 2 euros) another set of credentials from the tourist office in Saint Jean and they will stamp it for you. It's the same type of official credentials that is available on the forum here. I have gotten both types at Saint Jean before and filled them up because I enjoyed collecting stamps.
You only need one set of credentials, actually and the one you obtain from the pilgrim's office is of really good quality. Thick, card stock paper and they give you a plastic bag to keep it in.
As far as walking to Orrison and then taking a taxi back? I would say not to. Just leave early enough to walk to Roncesvalles and stay there in the event you cannot reserve a bed at Orrison. Personally I do not believe in going backwards when walking the Camino. It's just a philosophy I take to always move forward, but that's just me.
 

JimGeier

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF Spring 2016
CF Autumn 2017
VDLP Spring 2020
Greetings! I suggest you get two credentials at the pilgrim's office in SJPdP. I love the stamps - they are the best memory of all the places along the way: the places in which I stayed, the churches I visited or in which I prayed or meditated, the great meals I had, and various other places along the way. I got about 3-4 per day from SJPdP to Sarria, then about 4-8 per day from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela. Ended with three credentials and 147 stamps. Such great memories!

Buen Camino!
--jim--
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2 - 2016 & 2017, El Norte - Irun to Vilalba 2018
I was wondering about this too as I'm planning on taking around 33 days. Two is the obvious answer! I had been thinking of trying to cram them all on the one card but that would be too messy.
With few exceptions, before I reached Sarria I just got one stamp a day at the albergue each night. Then after Sarria I got the requisite two stamps. There was plenty of space for my walk from SJpdp to Finisterre.
 

DevereUx

Devereaux
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Sept-Oct 2018
Two Credentials is a good idea. Fully accepted in Santiago as well. I had mine stamped wherever I wanted a memory. So, I had to get a second one in Leon.
Make a reservation in Orisson and in Roncesvalles. It takes multiple emails to Orisson, but eventually they will answer...be very persistent. Orisson is a great stop...one of the best pilgrim dinners!
About €8 from SJPDP to Orisson.
 
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tomnorth

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances: September 24 - October 31 (2015); Fall (2020) I hope
I walked over 36 days with two rest says. one credencial was enough. They have two sides for stamps.
 

t2andreo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 to 2018
Start with one and see how it goes. Do not carry the extra weight, even a few grams, from the beginning. As others have said above, there are plenty of opportunities to obtain another credential along the way.

All the stuff that, individually weighs 'almost nothing' usually adds 5 - 6 kg to your load, over time. Don't do it...

Hope this helps.
 

David Tallan

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
This is my first post so I hope my question isn't stupid. I am planning to walk the entire Camino Frances route over April/May 2019. If I am to gain a stamp each day and 2 per day for the last 100 Km will the number of spaces in the credential not run out? Should I get 2 credentials or is there something I don't know about?
Also, if I am unable to get a bed for the night in Orrisson, I may try to get a taxi back to SJPP and return the next morning to continue my journey. Can anyone give me a ballpark figure as to how much a taxi would cost?
If you limit yourself to one a day (tow a day for the last 100 km) you probably won't run out, unless you are starting in Le Puy or Vezelay or somewhere similarly distant. That said, I wouldn't limit myself to the minimum number of stamps. There are plenty of places along the Camino to get a second credencial if it looks like one won't be enough. In 2016, it was getting pretty clear by Leon that one wouldn't be enough, so we each got a second one there and had it ready to use when the first ran out. We ended up filling two credencials each. When you get to the Pilgrims Office in Santiago de Compostela, just show them both.
 

David Tallan

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
I walked over 36 days with two rest says. one credencial was enough. They have two sides for stamps.
Not all of them do. All of the credencials I've used only have the stamps on one side (both the Canadian Company of Pilgrims credencial and the "official" one from SdC). The other has maps, text, etc. It is handy if you want to get them framed - you can see all the stamps.
 

biarritzdon

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Camino(s) past & future
CF11, CF12, CP13, CF14, CA15, S.Anton15, CF&CI15
Ditch Pig16, CF&CP17, CdN18, CM18, CF18, LePuy19
There is stamp collecting and then there is stamp collecting. I remember once in Viana around the time many of us stop for a cafe in the morning a group of pilgrims literally running from shop to shop getting stamps to fill their cedential. They were especially please to get one from a guy sitting at table asking for donations, sort of reminded me of "Ramon."
 

MarkyD

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés 31/08/2018 - 20/10/2018
This is my first post so I hope my question isn't stupid. I am planning to walk the entire Camino Frances route over April/May 2019. If I am to gain a stamp each day and 2 per day for the last 100 Km will the number of spaces in the credential not run out? Should I get 2 credentials or is there something I don't know about?
Also, if I am unable to get a bed for the night in Orrisson, I may try to get a taxi back to SJPP and return the next morning to continue my journey. Can anyone give me a ballpark figure as to how much a taxi would cost?
You can get additional credentials in various albergues, churches and cathedrals along the way. They usually cost about 3 euros. You can get it stamped in many places too - some stamps are quite unique e. g. First 100km at the ironworks shop just before the wine tap at Irache, or the wax seal stamp from van on top of Alto de Perdón. I ended up with three Credential booklets by the time I got to Finisterra - mind you, my walk was over a wonderful 44 days :)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2017)
When my brother ran out of space, the host at the Albergue we staying at pulled out a cut sheet of white paper and taped to the end. After that there was plenty of room. The Pilgrim office in Santiago was fine with the “Stamp Annex.”
 

Mike Blackard

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
walk or bike in spring of 2018
My first credential came with my Brierly Camino Guide ordered from Ivar. Highly recommend staying at Orisson first night. Great Pilgrim communal dinner with introductions all around. Bumped into many of them again over the next 800 kilometers. Advise getting reservation at both Orisson and Roncesvalles. After that not needed. I was glad to get stamped wherever I paused and ended up filling three credentials. You can get them many places along the way. Some of the sellos (stamps) are really impressive- try to get them to hit ink pad before stamping your credential to get best print. (some of mine are pretty faded) Also make sure to date each stamp - great for remembering when and where you were.
 

steve cole

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Starting the french way today
This is my first post so I hope my question isn't stupid. I am planning to walk the entire Camino Frances route over April/May 2019. If I am to gain a stamp each day and 2 per day for the last 100 Km will the number of spaces in the credential not run out? Should I get 2 credentials or is there something I don't know about?
Also, if I am unable to get a bed for the night in Orrisson, I may try to get a taxi back to SJPP and return the next morning to continue my journey. Can anyone give me a ballpark figure as to how much a taxi would cost?
You can book orrisson in advance, but it's not difficult to walk to Roncesvalles , if you start early,

I have walkef Camino Frances three times, always enough room in credential 👍
 

t2andreo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
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If you just want to document your Camino for Compostela purposes, any standard credencial will suffice. You get one sello daily before Sarria (on the Frances), or the place 100 km before Santiago. From that point, you must get two a day (or more) to qualify for the Compostela.

On the other hand, if collecting sellos is a separate thing for you, then I suggest you maintain a separate journal and collect the larger set for other purposes. A small Moleskine type notebook is ideal for this. You can obtain multiple sellos daily, and include notes and observations. I have seen many folks do this. At the end, if you ask nice, the Pilgrim Office will even apply a second stamp this subsidiary book of memories.

In fact, many pilgrims will tell you that the credencial and all the stamps inside mean far more to them that the certificates they get at the end. The various sellos tell a story, and stimulate memories in most pilgrims.

Hope this helps.
 

c0484

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2013
This is my first post so I hope my question isn't stupid. I am planning to walk the entire Camino Frances route over April/May 2019. If I am to gain a stamp each day and 2 per day for the last 100 Km will the number of spaces in the credential not run out? Should I get 2 credentials or is there something I don't know about?
Also, if I am unable to get a bed for the night in Orrisson, I may try to get a taxi back to SJPP and return the next morning to continue my journey. Can anyone give me a ballpark figure as to how much a taxi would cost?
I normally order one from APOC (American Pilgrims on the Camino) and get one in SJPP. You can actually fill several if you are a stamp collector.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, 2015
As a suggestion, you may want to get two credentials. Use one to get a beginning stamp, one for each night's lodging and the extra one needed from Sarria on. You will likely have room on one credential for all of these. Keep this credential with your ID. Use the other credential for other places along the way.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Walked from Astorga to Santiago May 15
St Jean to Burghos May 16
This is my first post so I hope my question isn't stupid. I am planning to walk the entire Camino Frances route over April/May 2019. If I am to gain a stamp each day and 2 per day for the last 100 Km will the number of spaces in the credential not run out? Should I get 2 credentials or is there something I don't know about?
Also, if I am unable to get a bed for the night in Orrisson, I may try to get a taxi back to SJPP and return the next morning to continue my journey. Can anyone give me a ballpark figure as to how much a taxi would cost?
I bought a second credential in Leon and needed it.
 

lruault

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (Sep 2018)
If you are unable to secure a reservation at Orrisson, they will be able to recommend other accommodations for you. No need for a taxi as they also provide a shuttle from Orrisson and back up the next morning. We had a lovely first night connecting with fellow pilgrims that we continued to meet almost each night all the way to Burgos. I highly recommend breaking up your first day in Orrisson, whether you can actually stay there or not.
 

Lisa HS

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (SJPdP - Santiago) Spring (2016)
Portuguese (Porto - Santiago - Finisterre) Spring (2018)
Another reason to get 2 identical credentials: If you want to frame it afterwards, you'd like to be able to see both sides, right? Just get stamps on one side of the 1st credential, and stamps on the other side of the 2nd credential, and you will have a much easier time of it with the framing. Here is what it looks like with my Compostela and my shell. BTW, I walked the CF from SJPdP. One stamp each night + just a few extras, and managed to fit it in on the two sides.
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Robo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF Sarria to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(Apr/May 2018)
VdlP (2020)
I walked over 36 days with two rest says. one credencial was enough. They have two sides for stamps.
The ones from St Jean do......
The ones from Santiago have one whole side taken up with maps for some reason! Useless!
 

David Tallan

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
Another reason to get 2 identical credentials: If you want to frame it afterwards, you'd like to be able to see both sides, right? Just get stamps on one side of the 1st credential, and stamps on the other side of the 2nd credential, and you will have a much easier time of it with the framing. Here is what it looks like with my Compostela and my shell. BTW, I walked the CF from SJPdP. One stamp each night + just a few extras, and managed to fit it in on the two sides.
View attachment 52145
The credencials I got from my local pilgrim association (Canadian) and from Santiago (distributed in Leon) were one sided. So when I framed them I got to see all my stamps. It may be a little less efficient that way, but much better for framing.
 

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