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2022
Hi, just wondering if anyone had used a Garmin Fenix to navigate stages on the Camino (yes, I know there are big yellow arrows, but humour me!😂)
Any tips, advice, comments etc would be great
Thanks in advance
Frank
 
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Pruden

Pilgrim of life
Year of past OR future Camino
October 2012 Camino Francés Sarria /Santiago.
November 2013 Camino Francés
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June 2014 Camino Francés San Juan Pie de Port to Logroño.
November 2016 Camino Frances ,Logroño to León.
Hi, just wondering if anyone had used a Garmin Fenix to navigate stages on the Camino (yes, I know there are big yellow arrows, but humour me!😂)
Any tips, advice, comments etc would be great
Thanks in advance
Frank
I have used Wikiloc on Camino Olvidado and others Caminos when it was needed, only be aware of the lasting of your batteries ( get your phone on avión ✈️ mode ).
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Year of past OR future Camino
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
Year of past OR future Camino
2019
I use my Garmin GPSMAP 64S for tracking and when no arrows and no shells are available at a certain moment 🤪
Occasional Geocaching too.
Watches tend to have a small battery and short operation time.
The Fenix is a nice watch, but to small screen and less overview of the map.
Try before using it on the Camino to see if it will do the job you expect it to do.
Better try one from someone before buying.
Buen Camino 👌
 
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Chris RJ

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Year of past OR future Camino
2019
Hi, just wondering if anyone had used a Garmin Fenix to navigate stages on the Camino (yes, I know there are big yellow arrows, but humour me!😂)
Any tips, advice, comments etc would be great
Thanks in advance
Frank
I downloaded Guthook, a US app for hikers. You can download offline maps and photos onto your iPhone. The GPS was 100% accurate on the few times I got lost in the dark and wasn’t paying attention. There is a fee for the Camino Frances and some other routes.

it’s good for detail on distances, water and Alberges, but I think there are better apps for Alberges. Pilgrim?

l loved Guthook and found that the arrow always pointed the way I needed to go as I rotated the phone. Certainly not essential, but an inexpensive nice to have. Doesn’t drain your battery.
 

Richard Smith

Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Frances 2016
Kumano Kodo 2014
I left my Garmin (not a fenex) at home and took a normal digital watch that didn't need charging every few days. Simpler.
I also took the map version of the Brierly guide, small/light and this was enough for next day plans and todays options. I often stayed off the "Brierly Stages". I could generally work out how much further I needed to go and the yellow arrows mark the way.
 

MichelleElynHogan

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I have lived my life with my nose on a map / app etc. Now that my consciousness has evolved to realize the time on this planet is limited / finite, my assurance is a compass for cloudy days, my, "feeling," for the right direction is what I now depend on. I am not so much doing it, "old school," as I hope to demonstrate human ability and contact with locals as I go, if I need a nudge in the right direction.

Ys, in a different country with a different language, even the most rudimentary attempt to speak in Spanish will be greeted with incredible gratitude, and likely more than you could have hoped for.

Bi go maith!
 

koknesis

Active Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances June/July 2014
Camino Aragones August 2015
Camino Sanabres (Ourense-SdC) August 2015
VdlP 2017
try to stay as hightechless as possible. any navigation device will just distract you from the real purpose.. getting lost is a part of the journey.. you never know whom you will meet and what you will see and learn while finding the right Way. Paulo Coelho has described his experiences, you may discover yours, and at the end of the day you may realise they are priceless..
 
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