- Year of past OR future Camino
- June 2017
Hi, everyone. This is my first post. I recently decided to do my first Camino in 2017 and am looking for suggestions on when to go. I realize after reading lots of discussions and other posts on here that things like sleeping bags, backpacks and even footwear depend a lot on when one is planning to walk the Camino. For now, I am planning to walk the Camino Frances, but haven't made up my mind exactly how long I'll be gone. I have a lot of vacation time at work I can use, but don't necessarily want to blow it all on one trip (my wife won't be coming along, but she and I do plan to do some traveling in 2017 together). Anyway, the last two times I was in Spain were during the winter (Feb 2014 and Feb 2016). It was COLD, so I think I'll try for late spring, summer, or early fall in terms of time frames. If I were to go in late May or early September, for instance, would I need a downfilled sleeping bag? I'm guessing that June-August would be warmer and so I might not need as warm of a sleeping bag. I have been reading lots on here about backpacks and it sounds like the lighter, the better. I'm 5'4" and weigh 135 lbs, I work out a lot and am very fit but I don't want to be too weighed down by gear. I can walk for long distances but I want to enjoy the scenery, as I'm very much a Europhile (I've been coming to Europe since 1984, on average once or twice a year). Looking forward to going on this very much and meeting other peregrinos! My mom passed away last year and I'm dedicating the trip to her memory. I'm also a major polyglot (I speak fluent German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Norwegian), and I can figure out Galician and Catalan, if necessary, haha. Thanks!