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October Primitivo Gear

crbonade

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Primitivo (2020)
Hello,

My step mom and I will be walking the Primitivo next October (2020). I have a bunch of gear already from other hikes, but she's planning to buy a bunch of stuff during fall sales this year. With that in mind, we're looking for some feedback on Primitivo gear for the fall. We're planning on staying in private albergues/hotels (I'm a miserably light sleeper, so we're avoiding open bays).

Sleeping bags - we're both planning on bringing a Sea to Summit Traveller (50 degree). I'm assuming there'll be blankets available in most private albergues, right? So I'm thinking we shouldn't need anything heavier...

Rain pants - right now we're not planning on bringing them - just bringing a rain shell for wet weather. Should we rethink this for the Primitivo? We don't typically mind wet pants/hiking in the rain, just wondering if it'll be cold enough rain to want to have rain pants.

Towels - will private albergues always have these on the Primitivo? If so, we'll prob each just bring a small muslin 'towel' just in case our stages change last minute and we have to change lodging plans.

Doe anyone have preferences on using shower bars for laundry vs a concentrated liquid soap? (I have a tiny bottle of campsuds at home, wondering if that might be easier to use than a shower bar)

I'll probably come up with other random gear questions, but this'll do for now. Thanks in advance!
 

Davey Boyd

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Again, soon as possible!
Hello,

My step mom and I will be walking the Primitivo next October (2020). I have a bunch of gear already from other hikes, but she's planning to buy a bunch of stuff during fall sales this year. With that in mind, we're looking for some feedback on Primitivo gear for the fall. We're planning on staying in private albergues/hotels (I'm a miserably light sleeper, so we're avoiding open bays).

Sleeping bags - we're both planning on bringing a Sea to Summit Traveller (50 degree). I'm assuming there'll be blankets available in most private albergues, right? So I'm thinking we shouldn't need anything heavier...

Rain pants - right now we're not planning on bringing them - just bringing a rain shell for wet weather. Should we rethink this for the Primitivo? We don't typically mind wet pants/hiking in the rain, just wondering if it'll be cold enough rain to want to have rain pants.

Towels - will private albergues always have these on the Primitivo? If so, we'll prob each just bring a small muslin 'towel' just in case our stages change last minute and we have to change lodging plans.

Doe anyone have preferences on using shower bars for laundry vs a concentrated liquid soap? (I have a tiny bottle of campsuds at home, wondering if that might be easier to use than a shower bar)

I'll probably come up with other random gear questions, but this'll do for now. Thanks in advance!
Hiya,

A few points. Never assume there will be blankets available. Much more likely in private albergues but not guaranteed. Private rooms in private albergues will though I am sure.

Rain pants are awful to walk in, you will get wet anyway. Never met anyone wearing them. Better to get your legs wet and dry out later in my opinion. Walking will keep you warm, the Primitivo is not exactly flat.

I use a bar soap that is good for me and my clothes. Reduce weight by getting dual use from one item (like my shemagh is both a scarf and my towel). Search 'soap' in the search option for recommendations.

Check the weather just before you go over the Hospitales route. If it is really bad it may be better to take the Pola de Allande route. (Very pretty too).

Sounds great getting to walk with your mum!

Buen Camino
Davey
 
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I have worn rain pants on the Camino and didn't notice much difference from my hiking pants. I have also seen many other pilgrims wearing them, it is a matter of personal choice. My rain pants did keep me dry, they cost about $50 at Big 5 and matched the jacket that I also bought there. I wouldn't recommend too many of their other hiking items but, their poles are OK if you want an inexpensive pair.
 

Tia Valeria

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Pt Norte/Pmtvo 2010
C. Inglés 2011
C. Primitivo '12
Norte-C. de la Reina '13
C. do Mar-C. Inglés '15
It looks like May and October average temperatures are similar.
I have always carried a pair of light weight silk gloves and a lightweight pair of rain over-trousers (Regatta - in UK). They were useful for keeping the cold wind off when first walking in the morning and easy to remove as I warmed up. i just made sure when I bought them that they would come off (or go on) without having to remove my boots. Meant buying a size larger than I would wear normally and I tried them on in the shop.
Hat - my Tilley hat kept sun off as well as wind so I did not need anything else.
I carried a small bottle of liquid shampoo and used that for washing/laundry but also carried a small piece of ordinary soap as well.
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
I haven't walked the Primitivo yet, but I doubt you'll find towels in the albergues. I can count on one hand the number of albergues (only private ones) which had towels available (to rent, not included in the price of a bed) on the Frances and Norte. I don't imagine that the Primitivo albergues will be any different in this regard.
 

Colette Z

Happy Pilgrim
Camino(s) past & future
CF- Finisterre-Muxia 03/17; Camino SK 10/17; Norte 03/18; Ingles 11/18; Augusta 03/19
My Salomon hiking paints are water resistant but breathe well, I use gaiters forvwet muddy days. Buen Camino!
 

Felizald

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Primitivo
Take microfibre towels. Few private albergues provide towels and none of the municipal ones do. My experience in the Primitivo during the second half of August this year is that all albergues offered blankets but when the nights get colder there might not be enough blankets for everybody. So take a sleeping bag.
 

crbonade

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Primitivo (2020)
Thanks for the advice everyone. I'll definitely swap my teeny muslin Square for a more towel-sized muslin (still lighter than a microfiber towel but plenty to dry me thoroughly).

I'll have to keep pondering the rain pants; seems very personal preference. Hard for me to make decisions on what I'll want in 40-60 degree (F) weather when it's still in the high 90s here lol.
 

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