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How did you transition to new credencial when your first got full?

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Katherine Radeka

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Past OR future Camino
Camino Francés (2022 after failed attempt in 2018)
Our first credenciales are full! And we’re now close enough that we’ll need two sellos per day starting tomorrow.

We have two extra we brought from home.

The answer to these questions are probably obvious but I haven’t found them anywhere.

What should we do about the information in the front? This page was filled in for us in SJPP on our first set.

Could we get a place to stamp both the last stamp in the old one and the first stamp in the new one for continuity? I’m sure this is not a requirement but I like the symmetry of it.

Anything else you did that worked out well either while you were traveling or when you got home?
 
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Barbara

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Past OR future Camino
Frances, Norte (twice)and Primitivo, Sureste, In France From home Tours and Vézelay, also Le Puy.
Our first credenciales are full! And we’re now close enough that we’ll need two sellos per day starting tomorrow.

We have two extra we brought from home.

The answer to these questions are probably obvious but I haven’t found them anywhere.

What should we do about the information in the front? This page was filled in for us in SJPP on our first set.

Could we get a place to stamp both the last stamp in the old one and the first stamp in the new one for continuity? I’m sure this is not a requirement but I like the symmetry of it.

Anything else you did that worked out well either while you were traveling or when you got home?
Taped them together.
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Past OR future Camino
A "Tourigrino" trip once Covid has passed, so 2023
Our first credenciales are full! And we’re now close enough that we’ll need two sellos per day starting tomorrow.

We have two extra we brought from home.

The answer to these questions are probably obvious but I haven’t found them anywhere.

What should we do about the information in the front? This page was filled in for us in SJPP on our first set.

Could we get a place to stamp both the last stamp in the old one and the first stamp in the new one for continuity? I’m sure this is not a requirement but I like the symmetry of it.

Anything else you did that worked out well either while you were traveling or when you got home?
On my last CF I got through 3 credentials and simply stapled them together so that the last page of the original credential covered the details page of the next:

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The second credential was issued and stamped at Burgos cathedral so I kept that page although it's hidden. The third credential I bought at Rabanal. It wasn't stamped so I cut off the details page before stapling it on - that's the joint above.
The only problem, if you can call it that, is that the Burgos credential is bigger by a few mms mind you the whole credential is now nearly 6 feet long so . . .
 

dougfitz

Veteran Member
Past OR future Camino
Spain: Mar 2010, Apr 2014, May/Jun 2016. Norway/Sweden: 2012, 2018. Other: 2011, 2019. CP (tbc)
I taped the first two together, but when it came to add a third, the whole ensemble had become a bit too bulky, so I just used the last credential without adding the identification details, and taped it to the others when I got to the Pilgrim Reception Office.
 

Anamiri

Veteran Member
Past OR future Camino
2016, 2017, 2019 Camino Frances
Our first credenciales are full! And we’re now close enough that we’ll need two sellos per day starting tomorrow.

We have two extra we brought from home.

The answer to these questions are probably obvious but I haven’t found them anywhere.

What should we do about the information in the front? This page was filled in for us in SJPP on our first set.

Could we get a place to stamp both the last stamp in the old one and the first stamp in the new one for continuity? I’m sure this is not a requirement but I like the symmetry of it.

Anything else you did that worked out well either while you were traveling or when you got home?
I didnt even tape ours, just passed them over the counter.
 
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JabbaPapa

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Got a second identical one, then acquired some glue, and affixed it to the first. Did this first in 1993, and have been doing the same ever since.

Though my current one is a bit extreme - - 10 2-sided credenciales glued back-to-back, and if even that's not enough, I can always grab one or two more to glue in at Lourdes when I get there.

My current one is about 4 metres long ...
 

mspath

Veteran Member
Past OR future Camino
Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
The first time in 2004 when I was the only pilgrim at the office of the Dean I presented both Credentials to the man at the desk. After reviewing all the varied stamps on both he marked the second with one final stamp and issued the treasured Compostela. Overcome I cried.
 

lt56ny

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Past OR future Camino
10/22 Aragones/Frances
I didnt even tape ours, just passed them over the counter.
I walk long caminos and almost always need 2 credentials. I buy two before I start and always have to be reminded to fill out the information on the front inside page. I have always just handed both credentials to the volunteer at the pilgrim office without any issue whatsoever.
 
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RJM

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Camino's Frances, Fisterre, Portuges. Over 180 day
On one Camino I filled three sets of credentials. At the pilgrim's office in Santiago I made the extremely elaborate transition process of handing all three to the volunteer. They transitioned from my hand to theirs. ;)
 

clare kelly

New Member
Past OR future Camino
Caminho portugues
Via de la Plata
You don’t need two stamps a day on the final 100km unless you’re only starting 100km out. You’re obviously not.
And no need to join them together. Just fill in your own details
 

Marbe2

Active member
Past OR future Camino
2015-2019 walked all or more than half of CF 7 times... CP recently cancelled by Covid 19!
You don’t need two stamps a day on the final 100km unless you’re only starting 100km out. You’re obviously not.
And no need to join them together. Just fill in your own details
You need two-stamps a day for the last 100km regardless of where you start!
 

henrythedog

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Past OR future Camino
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Our first credenciales are full! And we’re now close enough that we’ll need two sellos per day starting tomorrow.

We have two extra we brought from home.

The answer to these questions are probably obvious but I haven’t found them anywhere.

What should we do about the information in the front? This page was filled in for us in SJPP on our first set.

Could we get a place to stamp both the last stamp in the old one and the first stamp in the new one for continuity? I’m sure this is not a requirement but I like the symmetry of it.

Anything else you did that worked out well either while you were traveling or when you got home?
My ‘bits and pieces’ credencial which I use for my regular short ventures to Spain is now five credenciales taped together.

Beaten into a cocked-hat by a Spanish chap I met once in el acebo who said he lived on the Camino and had a credencial of extraordinary length in a large leather wallet.
 
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VdlP(2012) Madrid(2014)Frances(2015) VdlP(2016)
VdlP(2017)Madrid/Sanabres/Frances reverse(2018)
You need two-stamps a day for the last 100km regardless of where you start!
Officially yes. But I have just looked at some of my credenciales and on three I failed this test, but still was awarded a compostela. I think that if you have completed a long camino, the volunteers are understanding. I'm not suggesting that people should ignore the rule though.
 
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2021
Our first credenciales are full! And we’re now close enough that we’ll need two sellos per day starting tomorrow.

We have two extra we brought from home.

The answer to these questions are probably obvious but I haven’t found them anywhere.

What should we do about the information in the front? This page was filled in for us in SJPP on our first set.

Could we get a place to stamp both the last stamp in the old one and the first stamp in the new one for continuity? I’m sure this is not a requirement but I like the symmetry of it.

Anything else you did that worked out well either while you were traveling or when you got home?
I just filled out my second one with same information as the first and showed both, it wasn’t a problem. I hope this helps.
 

clare kelly

New Member
Past OR future Camino
Caminho portugues
Via de la Plata
You need two-stamps a day for the last 100km regardless of where you start!
Oh sorry I didn’t realise Marbe2. I guess I was only going on hearsay. On my seven Camino’s I’ve only ever collected the one a day unless it was an extra pretty one :)
 

Scott Sweeney

Veteran Member
Our first credenciales are full! And we’re now close enough that we’ll need two sellos per day starting tomorrow.

We have two extra we brought from home.

The answer to these questions are probably obvious but I haven’t found them anywhere.

What should we do about the information in the front? This page was filled in for us in SJPP on our first set.

Could we get a place to stamp both the last stamp in the old one and the first stamp in the new one for continuity? I’m sure this is not a requirement but I like the symmetry of it.

Anything else you did that worked out well either while you were traveling or when you got home?
After our first Camino where we went crazy getting sellos we were more reserved knowing we were going to run out of room. We than started walking with two credentials. We reserved one for the churches and a second credential for random stamps. Of course this was a good idea until it became difficult to find churches that were open. You'll find you forget where you were with so many but I remember the enjoyment in collecting them.
 

Ultreia et Suseia!

Walking from Porto (da costa/litoral) Sept 2022!
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1st walk from O Porto in September!
Officially yes. But I have just looked at some of my credenciales and on three I failed this test, but still was awarded a compostela. I think that if you have completed a long camino, the volunteers are understanding. I'm not suggesting that people should ignore the rule though.
I wouldn't risk it if the compostela is important to you. In the Tres en el Camino documentary it shows one of the three pilgrims not getting her compostela even though she started in SJPP and arriving with a huge limp, no matter how much she and her friends begged. 😢
 

Jim

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Past OR future Camino
2006- Camino Portuguese
2008- Camino Frances
2009- Sanabres extension of the VDLP
2010- Camino Frances
2011- Camino Potuguese
2014- Camino Frances
2017- Camino Finisterre
Since the stamp is accompanied by the date you were there, there really isn’t a need to connect the credentials. Use each credential till it is full and then start a new one.
That's what I did!
 
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C clearly

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Past OR future Camino
Most years since 2012
You don’t need two stamps a day on the final 100km unless you’re only starting 100km out.
This is simply wrong. The rules on the Pilgrim Office website make it crystal clear that the rule is to get 2 stamps per day on the last 100 km. My 2012 credential doesn't have it, but all of my others have written at the top of each page: "AL MENOS DOS POR DIA."
Officially yes. But I have just looked at some of my credenciales and on three I failed this test, but still was awarded a compostela.
This statement suggests that the rule can be ignored. This is not helpful to pilgrims seeking accurate information.

On virtually EVERY thread on the forum about getting a compostela, we have people making these statements. It is as predictable as clockwork. :rolleyes:
 
Past OR future Camino
VdlP(2012) Madrid(2014)Frances(2015) VdlP(2016)
VdlP(2017)Madrid/Sanabres/Frances reverse(2018)
I wouldn't risk it if the compostela is important to you. In the Tres en el Camino documentary it shows one of the three pilgrims not getting her compostela even though she started in SJPP and arriving with a huge limp, no matter how much she and her friends begged. 😢
Absolutely sound advice, for sure. I will take it very seriously next time.
 

mattythedog

Member
Past OR future Camino
2022
Our first credenciales are full! And we’re now close enough that we’ll need two sellos per day starting tomorrow.

We have two extra we brought from home.

The answer to these questions are probably obvious but I haven’t found them anywhere.

What should we do about the information in the front? This page was filled in for us in SJPP on our first set.

Could we get a place to stamp both the last stamp in the old one and the first stamp in the new one for continuity? I’m sure this is not a requirement but I like the symmetry of it.

Anything else you did that worked out well either while you were traveling or when you got home?
I drew a grid of lines all over the printed portions of my credential because I filled all the blanks about half way along the CF. Great to have them all on one credential.
 

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