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I'm Ready and waiting- 4 weeks to go!

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PetePie

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Future
Well I've finally done it, I'm all booked and now ready and waiting to start my first solo Camino Frances.
I arrive at Biarritz airport on 9.20am Tuesday 25 September. Then the journey to SJPDP to start walking on Wednesday.
Looking forward to my journey and meeting everyone on this path to Santiago.
Have the standard mixed feelings of excitement and confusion as this is a first for me doing anything like this- solo too!
I would be interested in teaming up with anyone who is also arriving on the same day to start this exciting journey to Bayonne and then to SJPDP.
Can't wait and Buen Camino Everyone!
 

Glenshiro

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy - León, Camino Frances (2012 - 2019)
Good luck to you both - and (the first of many) buen camino!
 

Teej41

Member
Camino(s) past & future
April/May 2018
Well I've finally done it, I'm all booked and now ready and waiting to start my first solo Camino Frances.
I arrive at Biarritz airport on 9.20am Tuesday 25 September. Then the journey to SJPDP to start walking on Wednesday.
Looking forward to my journey and meeting everyone on this path to Santiago.
Have the standard mixed feelings of excitement and confusion as this is a first for me doing anything like this- solo too!
I would be interested in teaming up with anyone who is also arriving on the same day to start this exciting journey to Bayonne and then to SJPDP.
Can't wait and Buen Camino Everyone!
I've got 3 weeks and 6 days to go. Start from SJPDP on Sat 22 Sept. Can't wait to get going. Even now I still get a bit nervous about having this, that and the other. The minute I step out of the door on Tues Sept 18 I'll calm down.
I put everything into my bag yesterday and apart from a couple of very small items the total weight is just below 6.5 kg. I'm so pleased to have achieved this but I have been planning this thing for over 2 years.

I hope the next 4 weeks pass quickly for you and keep the positive mental energy going.

Buen Camino
 

davebugg

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2017)
Frances(2018)
Ingles(2019)
Aragones(2020)
Portuguese(2020)
Camino(s) past & future
Future (2018)
I've got 3 weeks and 6 days to go. Start from SJPDP on Sat 22 Sept. Can't wait to get going. Even now I still get a bit nervous about having this, that and the other. The minute I step out of the door on Tues Sept 18 I'll calm down.
I put everything into my bag yesterday and apart from a couple of very small items the total weight is just below 6.5 kg. I'm so pleased to have achieved this but I have been planning this thing for over 2 years.

I hope the next 4 weeks pass quickly for you and keep the positive mental energy going.

Buen Camino
6.5 kg is pretty good going! Have you got a sleeping bag in that there rucksack? It's my final piece of unresolved gear, hence the specific question.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Future (2018)
Well I've finally done it, I'm all booked and now ready and waiting to start my first solo Camino Frances.
I arrive at Biarritz airport on 9.20am Tuesday 25 September. Then the journey to SJPDP to start walking on Wednesday.
Looking forward to my journey and meeting everyone on this path to Santiago.
Have the standard mixed feelings of excitement and confusion as this is a first for me doing anything like this- solo too!
I would be interested in teaming up with anyone who is also arriving on the same day to start this exciting journey to Bayonne and then to SJPDP.
Can't wait and Buen Camino Everyone!
I'll either be flying into Biarritz on Monday 17th or 24th. It will be later so I have to overnight in Bayonne and then SJPP the next day. So my first day will also be one of the two wednesdays. Might see you on the trail.
 

Teej41

Member
Camino(s) past & future
April/May 2018
6.5 kg is pretty good going! Have you got a sleeping bag in that there rucksack? It's my final piece of unresolved gear, hence the specific question.
Hi . Yes I do have a sleeping bag in there - its a Highland Trekker Superlite. £30 from Gapyearstore. Weighs 550g according to my kitchen scales and compresses into an acceptably small space. Its rated at 1/2 season. Used it once but only downstairs in the house. It felt quite ok. I'm hoping that it'll still be adequately warm in the albergues in Sept/Oct. Just in case ever gets cold I've also got a Rab silk liner (115g).
What I particularly liked was the length 2.2m so you can get right down inside the thing if you want to. (I've also got an anti bed bug thingumyjig to lay on top of whatever mattress I have to use.)
My rucksack is the Osprey Exos 38 -the version prior to the newer variant of it that Osprey have brought out this year. It doesn't have a separate sleeping bag compartment unfortunately. It will reside at the bottom of the rucksack alongside the bag that stores all the clothes that I'm taking. The challenge in the last few weeks will be to devise a strategy for the efficient unpacking of the rucksack then the even more efficient repacking it early in the mornings in darkish dorms without disturbing others that might still be asleep. At the mo' I'm considering having no more than four separate bags of differing colours in the main compartment. The sleeping bag is blue, the clothes bag is black. Then there'll be toiletry stuff. Then medical/first aid stuff. I will have a separate little bag for running back and fro to the showers with.
 

PetePie

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Future
Thanks everyone for your input.
i've just spent the last two hours packing and unpacking, repacking and removing excess items. I'm now down to around 6kg. Planning to buy a smaller pack as the current one is a 60L. Far too big. Was looking at the same one as TeeJ41 on line earlier today. Is it a good comfortable fit?
Looking forward to meeting you all - now close to 3 weeks - eeekkk!!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Future (2018)
Thanks everyone for your input.
i've just spent the last two hours packing and unpacking, repacking and removing excess items. I'm now down to around 6kg. Planning to buy a smaller pack as the current one is a 60L. Far too big. Was looking at the same one as TeeJ41 on line earlier today. Is it a good comfortable fit?
Looking forward to meeting you all - now close to 3 weeks - eeekkk!!
I've now got the Osprey Stratos 36 and it's fine for my 6.5kg of pack weight (this is my total carry minus water and snacks). I tried the Osprey Tallon 33, and really wanted to like it as it weights less than 1kg, but it was a little tight on space and I disliked the overly thin hip belt and the way the pack sits so close to the back. Plus. it didn't come with a rain cover.
 

PetePie

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Future
Hi everyone. Brought a 35L Macpac Torlesse today. Every excited.
Packed all my stuff in, with just a little room to spare. Total weight under 7kg.
Hoping that I can include my pack as carry on. Does anyone know if I can bring my walking pole on board too? I'm flying Emirates and Air France
 

Kanga

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese, Primitivo
@PetePie my experience with Emirates is that they will let you on with your pack provided the total of your hand luggage is less than 7kg in weight. I have also not had any problems with my trekking sticks, but they are carbon fibre with rubber stoppers, and fold down inside my pack.
 

franb68

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
(2018)
Thanks everyone for your input.
i've just spent the last two hours packing and unpacking, repacking and removing excess items. I'm now down to around 6kg. Planning to buy a smaller pack as the current one is a 60L. Far too big. Was looking at the same one as TeeJ41 on line earlier today. Is it a good comfortable fit?
Looking forward to meeting you all - now close to 3 weeks - eeekkk!!
Hi . Yes I do have a sleeping bag in there - its a Highland Trekker Superlite. £30 from Gapyearstore. Weighs 550g according to my kitchen scales and compresses into an acceptably small space. Its rated at 1/2 season. Used it once but only downstairs in the house. It felt quite ok. I'm hoping that it'll still be adequately warm in the albergues in Sept/Oct. Just in case ever gets cold I've also got a Rab silk liner (115g).
What I particularly liked was the length 2.2m so you can get right down inside the thing if you want to. (I've also got an anti bed bug thingumyjig to lay on top of whatever mattress I have to use.)
My rucksack is the Osprey Exos 38 -the version prior to the newer variant of it that Osprey have brought out this year. It doesn't have a separate sleeping bag compartment unfortunately. It will reside at the bottom of the rucksack alongside the bag that stores all the clothes that I'm taking. The challenge in the last few weeks will be to devise a strategy for the efficient unpacking of the rucksack then the even more efficient repacking it early in the mornings in darkish dorms without disturbing others that might still be asleep. At the mo' I'm considering having no more than four separate bags of differing colours in the main compartment. The sleeping bag is blue, the clothes bag is black. Then there'll be toiletry stuff. Then medical/first aid stuff. I will have a separate little bag for running back and fro to the showers with.
I too have the old version Exos 38 weighing in at around 7kgs. My friend and I are arriving St Jean 25 September and leaving on 26 September. We have booked both St Jean and Roncesvalles just to be on the safe side.
 

Arnica

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (October 2018)
I tried the Osprey Tallon 33, and really wanted to like it as it weights less than 1kg, but it was a little tight on space and I disliked the overly thin hip belt and the way the pack sits so close to the back. Plus. it didn't come with a rain cover.
Hi Ian! I ended up with the Osprey 33... yup, much lighter. So far it seems to hold everything I’m taking with me, but I’m not taking a sleeping bag :) Very minimalist! Lol. We will see how it does on the trail.
Arnica
 
Camino(s) past & future
Future (2018)
Hi Ian! I ended up with the Osprey 33... yup, much lighter. So far it seems to hold everything I’m taking with me, but I’m not taking a sleeping bag :) Very minimalist! Lol. We will see how it does on the trail.
Arnica
Hi Ian! I ended up with the Osprey 33... yup, much lighter. So far it seems to hold everything I’m taking with me, but I’m not taking a sleeping bag :) Very minimalist! Lol. We will see how it does on the trail.
Arnica
Great stuff Arnica. I see your status says that you are going in October. Does your trip extend into November? That might be starting to get a little cold! Although I gather that you can can get any sort of weather at any sort of time. I finally ended up with the Stratos 35 and I have a sleeping bag in there too. It's reasonably compact and reasonably light. I have a Rab silk liner that I thought I might take but I've handled the bag it comes in thoughtfully and cant see my way to being warm enough in it. At Roncevalles for instance where they say that blankets are not available. I think it will be returned to the shop. I did have a Berghaus 25+5 rucksack. But where they are keeping that +5 portion, I have no idea!
 

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