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zrexer

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2014, 15,16 & 19 Camino Frances
2017 Camino Portuguese
2018 Camino Primitivo
Spring and fall Camino's for me only. Anything over 33C for me is too hot and takes the fun out of it totally. Probably because I live in a very cool climate in northern Alberta.
 

freeflyer123

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
www.cyclingsofties.blog
Camino de Santiago, 2013
Your remark, Juspassinthrough, made me laugh as it reminded me of when we rode the Camino back in 2013. It was July and very, very hot and I kept telling my husband that we should rest up during the middle part of the day because it was the hottest time then. He said it didn't matter because if I was expecting the temperature to drop just because it was early evening, I was sorely wrong. This did prove to be the case as 5.30 in the early evening was as hot, if not hotter, than 3.30 had been.

Seriously though, everybody, do drink loads of water (not sure beer will do it, although again my husband would dispute that). We honestly don't realise just how much our bodies sweat in this heat and it's only when we get a headache that we realise we haven't been drinking enough.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
Your title is rather expressive, alright! It explains why I sat in the shade waiting for a bus today, rather than turn myself into a terminal case...a very short distance, but still too far. I will be able to leave early tomorrow- it will be tomorrow, as I have had my first sleep and about to go back to snoring sleep... it is just half ten.
And for those who like graphs and such stuff,
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Camino(s) past & future
Frances(15,16,18)CheminduPuy(16) Portuguese(16 VDLP(17)Primitivo(17)Ireland-3000K(18) Norte18Vasco17
Be prepared for buzzing bugs on that initial walk out of Lourdes, down alongside the river, in the trees....

It's a memorable walk you're about to start! God speed!
Haha. I suppose it is relative. On the Wicklow Way 3 days ago walking into Dublin there were scores of flies; sometimes going into your ears and nose and mouth. Today I barely noticed them. Of course with a temperature going to 38 the intelligent creatures are resting.😊
 

dfox

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF (4/2017)
CP (5/2019)
Seriously though, everybody, do drink loads of water (not sure beer will do it, although again my husband would dispute that). We honestly don't realise just how much our bodies sweat in this heat and it's only when we get a headache that we realise we haven't been drinking enough.
If sweat profusely, I think it is desirable to add some electrolyte (salt?) in the drinking water. I prefer fresh squeezed orange juice if available.
 

GraemeHall

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances: St-Jean-PdP - Santiago dC - Muxía - Fisterra (Aug 2017 and March/April 2018)
Sorry if this makes me a wowser, but I believe this to be a site for Pilgrims, so could we please refrain from all the "f....ing"s and "Jeezus" etc? Offensive to a good number of members I'd say. Well, one that I know of.
Rant over.
 

bbleasdale

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Walked from SJPdP to Puente la reine May 2018
Sorry if this makes me a wowser, but I believe this to be a site for Pilgrims, so could we please refrain from all the "f....ing"s and "Jeezus" etc? Offensive to a good number of members I'd say. Well, one that I know of.
Rant over.
Sorry if this makes me a wowser, but I believe this to be a site for Pilgrims, so could we please refrain from all the "f....ing"s and "Jeezus" etc? Offensive to a good number of members I'd say. Well, one that I know of.
Rant over.
Kevin is right, it is very, very hot on the Camino at the moment! We are just getting through the Meseta and it’s tough going and at the same time beautiful. I also had a detour via ambulance to Palencia hospital two days ago as I passed out after drinking cold water. Thankfully all is well now and we’re back on the road but I cannot emphasize enough how careful we must be. Walking at 6am is delightful! Be done by 1pm at the latest. We are walkers and it doesn’t matter how we say it - be careful! Thanks Kevin for drawing attention to this.
Bríd
 

bikerkvw

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, Inglish, Camino de la Plata. Future Camino Francis
In Lourdes, France starting my Camino via Aragones to Santiago tomorrow. Forecast was just reduced fortunately. Reduced from 39C to 38/100F.
Jeezes!
Kevin, please watch your language. Your lead line was inappropriate for this blog. Get use to the warm. Global warming and all that.
 

carryoncouple

We love trekking
Camino(s) past & future
Spring (2013)
Your remark, Juspassinthrough, made me laugh as it reminded me of when we rode the Camino back in 2013. It was July and very, very hot and I kept telling my husband that we should rest up during the middle part of the day because it was the hottest time then. He said it didn't matter because if I was expecting the temperature to drop just because it was early evening, I was sorely wrong. This did prove to be the case as 5.30 in the early evening was as hot, if not hotter, than 3.30 had been.

Seriously though, everybody, do drink loads of water (not sure beer will do it, although again my husband would dispute that). We honestly don't realise just how much our bodies sweat in this heat and it's only when we get a headache that we realise we haven't been drinking enough.
Like you, we did the Camino in 2013 as well!
 

DLJ

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
(4/2012) St.Jean to Santiago; (9/2013) Geneva to Le Puy-en-Velay and beyond
If sweat profusely, I think it is desirable to add some electrolyte (salt?) in the drinking water. I prefer fresh squeezed orange juice if available.
Electrolytes should preferably contain more than just salt (sodium chloride) and potassium, there are a number of other minerals lost in the perspiration; but taking any electrolytes that are available will definitely benefit.
 

Meggins

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances - One complete St.J.P.P to Santiago plus twice more for 500km each time.
Always had some gatorade in my pack. Learned a tip one hot end of May while walking the Ottawa Half-Marathon: a smallish sponge full of water placed on top of head in hat. A little push down on top of hat gives some pleasant relief! ---)
 

Stephen

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Twice walked from St Jean to Estella and once from Sarria to Santiago. Maybe someday I'll find the time to do the entire walk.
I've found the time. Just completed SJPP to Santiago. 25 Aug to 1st Oct, 2016.
And now the Portuguese from Lisbon.
I notice it's warmer in Pamplona today than it is in Sevilla. Be careful out there. Carry plenty of water and perhaps invest in a parasol.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(15,16,18)CheminduPuy(16) Portuguese(16 VDLP(17)Primitivo(17)Ireland-3000K(18) Norte18Vasco17
Kevin, please watch your language. Your lead line was inappropriate for this blog. Get use to the warm. Global warming and all that.
My apologies. I’m Irish American and we talk that way in extreme situations. Won’t happen again.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(15,16,18)CheminduPuy(16) Portuguese(16 VDLP(17)Primitivo(17)Ireland-3000K(18) Norte18Vasco17
Kevin is right, it is very, very hot on the Camino at the moment! We are just getting through the Meseta and it’s tough going and at the same time beautiful. I also had a detour via ambulance to Palencia hospital two days ago as I passed out after drinking cold water. Thankfully all is well now and we’re back on the road but I cannot emphasize enough how careful we must be. Walking at 6am is delightful! Be done by 1pm at the latest. We are walkers and it doesn’t matter how we say it - be careful! Thanks Kevin for drawing attention to this.
Bríd
Exactly. I left today at 7:15 and shortened my normal distance from 30k to 23k and I struggled the last hour between 12 and 1. Hope noone is walking in the 4-5 period.
 

gittiharre

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF Austria Czech Le Puy Geneva RLS V. Jacobi V. Regia V. Baltica/Scandinavica Porto Muxia
Walked Le Puy route last month in the heatwave. We would leave at 5.45 am to beat the worst of it. Kept distances to 22 km on average except for last day SJPP to Roncesvalles, which was sizzling with a strong headwind up on the mountain.
Avoiding walking during the middle part of the day was not an option, as temperatures peaked at 5 pm, so we just kept on going until we reached our destination. My strategy was to walk slowly and not get my heart rate up too much as I found it hard to bring it back down in the heat. I also read a scholarly article advising how to stay safe in the heat that stated that electrolyte supplements can be unhelpful, even dangerous. If your sweat tastes salty, that is good, if not you extra need salt. I drank 1.5 to 2 ltrs of water while walking and a large beer on arrival and ate lightly. No ill effects.
If I passed running water, I held my wrists together and ran water in between, really cooling.
 

Anto

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
September 2017 SJPDP to Pamplona
In Lourdes, France starting my Camino via Aragones to Santiago tomorrow. Forecast was just reduced fortunately. Reduced from 39C to 38/100F.
Jeezes!
Please don't go to Spain in July and expect it to be cool ,We went in late September last year and it was hot at times heading for Logrono
 
Camino(s) past & future
French Route (Sept-Oct 2015)
How do people sleep in the heat? Albergue do not have air conditioning and I did have to share room with people who do not believe in sleeping with open window. I ended up with private room for most nights when I walked in 2015 in Sept and Oct.
 

MinaKamina

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Jacobspad 2017
Heatwave all over Western Europe.

Most of you will not be in the area, but rest assured that the Dutch government has a heat plan in operation.

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The Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management is well prepared for the extreme heat of Wednesday and Thursday. In recent weeks, millions of kilos of cheese have been deposited, so that at the end of this week the Netherlands will be deliciously gratinated.

"We have opted for a nice mixture of Gruyère and Parmesan," says spokesman Jens Borgmans. "Wednesday morning we will start spreading. Then the country will be a beautiful golden brown on Thursday."


https://speld.nl/2019/07/23/rijkswaterstaat-slaat-miljoenen-kilos-strooikaas-in/
 

LesR

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
(2017)
If sweat profusely, I think it is desirable to add some electrolyte (salt?) in the drinking water. I prefer fresh squeezed orange juice if available.
I sweat profusely and am prone to dehydration...

Carried salt replacement sachets for CF 2017 and used them sparingly, without getting into any difficulties with dehydration. However as I added the sachet contents to my drinking bottle and sipped the mixture during the day as I walked, mould eventually started growing inside the water bottle (no doubt a bit of sugar in the sachet) - undesirable but not catastrophic but finding something to remove it was problematic.....

Carried salt replacement tablets (Hydralyte Electrolyte Effervescent Orange 20 Tablets) for CF 2018 and made a point of consuming two tablets in the full water bottle (800 ml) after each day's walking (in between washing and seeking a lemon beer). Rinsing the bottle before filling it with fresh water dealt with the mould problem, and I had no problems with dehydration (apart from running out of water on the 'middle road' out of Villafranca del Bierzo and into Trabadelo - but that is another story....

Planning for CP 2019 well advanced and salt replacement tablets will be packed...
 
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Kathar1na

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Santiago and beyond (own way - voie de Tours - camino francés - Biskaya - Manche)
It´s f...ing JULY.
The "European heatwave July 2019" that has been written and reported about so extensively is now over. The point is not that it got [insert qualifier of choice] hot in absolute terms but that it got [insert qualifier of choice] hot in places where it has never been so [insert qualifier of choice] hot before and/or not for several days in a row. This applies to Switzerland, Benelux, parts of Germany, and France and in particular also to the South West of France where Bordeaux and Lourdes are located where the OP reported from. For Lourdes in July, you'd expect 30 ºC on a hot day and not nearly 40 ºC as happened in July 2019.

Way of life, daily schedules, homes are not adapted to it in many of the regions that were hit. We've already half forgotten it now but these were a few extraordinary days.

A future concern will not be the higher temperatures as such but what may come with them: drought.
 
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Paddy Brock

Paddy J Brock Ireland
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2014, Camino Frances / Plus Finisterre 2015, Camino Portugese 2016 and Via de la plata April 2017 in planning
and we think in Ireland its very hot at 25degrees """. Starting from Oviedo on Tuesday 27th August to walk the Primitivo and hoping to meet lots of interesting Caminoists along the way, Any information regarding this route will be really appreciated. I look forward to my 6th Camino being as uplifting and serene as previous experiences.
 

Paddy Brock

Paddy J Brock Ireland
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2014, Camino Frances / Plus Finisterre 2015, Camino Portugese 2016 and Via de la plata April 2017 in planning
Many thanks , excitement as usual building as date get nearer and nearer. Just so happy to be still enjoying robust health in my 72nd year. Long may it continue and allow me explore further possibilities, still the Norte to walk. Slan agus Beannacht, Paddy
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2017)
and we think in Ireland its very hot at 25degrees """. Starting from Oviedo on Tuesday 27th August to walk the Primitivo and hoping to meet lots of interesting Caminoists along the way, Any information regarding this route will be really appreciated. I look forward to my 6th Camino being as uplifting and serene as previous experiences.
Paddy, I will be starting from Oviedo on the 26th, for my second Camino. Might possibly do a short first day, so- I hope to see you along the trail.
Buen Camino!, in any case
 

K Turner

One step at a time
Camino(s) past & future
14 August 2019 (SJPdP 16 August)
and we think in Ireland its very hot at 25degrees """. Starting from Oviedo on Tuesday 27th August to walk the Primitivo and hoping to meet lots of interesting Caminoists along the way, Any information regarding this route will be really appreciated. I look forward to my 6th Camino being as uplifting and serene as previous experiences.
We regularly reach 46 this time of year where I live. It's miserable. I'm leaving for the Frances route in two weeks, and am bringing a sweater because I know the nights are going to be mighty cold to me! 😁
 

Paddy Brock

Paddy J Brock Ireland
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2014, Camino Frances / Plus Finisterre 2015, Camino Portugese 2016 and Via de la plata April 2017 in planning
Paddy, I will be starting from Oviedo on the 26th, for my second Camino. Might possibly do a short first day, so- I hope to see you along the trail.
Buen Camino!, in any case
Richmond , I look forward to meeting you along the way . Wishing you a great Camino . Bon voyage on 26th
 

Stephen

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Twice walked from St Jean to Estella and once from Sarria to Santiago. Maybe someday I'll find the time to do the entire walk.
I've found the time. Just completed SJPP to Santiago. 25 Aug to 1st Oct, 2016.
And now the Portuguese from Lisbon.
We regularly reach 46 this time of year where I live. It's miserable. I'm leaving for the Frances route in two weeks, and am bringing a sweater because I know the nights are going to be mighty cold to me! 😁
Where is it you live, Death Valley?😎
 

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