I am planning to walk the Camino del Baztan starting in early September next year before joining the Camino Frances to hopefully complete in Mid October.
Any advice regarding any differences in equipment/clothing etc?
So, I haven’t walked the Camino Baztan but the elevations appear less than 1000 meters so you will not be facing elevations higher than the CF.
It can occasionally drop to high 30s fahrenheit or even cooler on mountains in the mornings. Layer clothing using whatever system works for you. Usually you will need to peel layers off as the day warms. We have hit some snow on mountain passes... but not cold enough warrant winter gear. That said be aware that you will later in Oct be walking up to abt 1500 meters and youcouldhave significant snow aswell as icy conditions. But alayeredsystem should allow youto prepare forsuch conditions. InSept/Oct I bring a lite pair of gloves which protect my hands from chaffing using the poles...and provide some morning warmth. I would bring something with a hood or lite hat-in case of a really cold morning. Definitely figure out a rain protection system for yourself.
Ha! That's an open-ended question! You ask about "differences" - from what? In September-October you need to be prepared for almost all weather conditions but I would expect the weather to be mostly warm and sunny. I carry virtually the same things whether it is March, April, May, September, October, November. I haven't walked in the other months, but would expect only minor variations.Any advice regarding any differences in equipment/clothing etc?
Thank you for your very comprehensive reply and sound adviceHa! That's an open-ended question! You ask about "differences" - from what? In September-October you need to be prepared for almost all weather conditions but I would expect the weather to be mostly warm and sunny. I carry virtually the same things whether it is March, April, May, September, October, November. I haven't walked in the other months, but would expect only minor variations.
To "cross the Pyrenees" or other higher-elevation areas on the Camino, you do not need any special items. You should have a hat or buff anyway, and socks can be used as gloves if you don't have gloves. You will be there in early September, which is late summer. Check in the pilgrim office to confirm that the weather conditions are acceptable. On one occasion at the end of October, I found it very cold and windy but my rain jacket, gloves and rain pants kept me safe.
You should take several layers of lightweight clothes - if you have unusually cold weather on one or 2 days, you can put on all your layers - a couple of shirts, rain jacket with a hood, hat or buff, socks on your hands. You don't need "different" items - just layer them all on.
Be sure to keep one complete set of clothes, including a long-sleeved shirt, dry for the evening. I take a sleeveless down vest as an extra layer for evenings and sleeping, not for walking.
Good thinking,my brother will be returning back to the UK when we reach Pamplona so I can always land him with any gear I want to keep,but the wear and discard approach definitely appealsFor crossing the Pyrenees if you take anything extra make sure it is old so you feel better about discarding it in Pamplona or earlier.