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Other South Aussies?

2020 Camino Guides

omar504

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016,2017,2018
'next door' in Victoria...I find walking into the city..round trip about 14kms and along the beach but most important is to get the kms in the legs
 

BruceS

Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF late 2020 or April 2021
Hi Kathryn
My training is with a 5.5kg BackPack,
12.76km Sunday / 11.3km Monday (today) ...
my average was 7.6km x 5 days a week since last December.
This includes 200mtrs + of elevation (4 hilly Sydney suburban streets).

I plan on building this up to 16km x 3 consecutive days (twice a week).
I have the ambition to increase the elevation to 300mtrs+.
I leave for SJPdP mid April.
Hope this helps.

Buen Camino
BruceS
 

Level Neville

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
walk in 2020
hELLO I from aUSSIE Eastern island NZ but so far haven't done little training. I have been inspired by everyone effort & hopefully have a more disciplined approach to this soon. Has anyone managed to find Travel Insurance which will cover if the coronavirus breaks out along your journey ? Or you not too worried about it ?
 

BruceS

Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF late 2020 or April 2021
Travel Insurance which will cover if the coronavirus breaks out along your journey ?
WOW ... that has me concerned ...
Insurance has seldom been a consideration ... they bet u will NOT get sick / You bet you WILL.
I would sooner spend the insurance money on Spanish wines.
If this 'COVID-19' spreads into France and Spain ... I will postpone.
 

jl

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances('05, '07), Aragonese ('05), del Norte / Primitivo ('09), Via Tolosana (Toulouse '05), Via Podiensis (Le Puy '07), Via Lemovicensis (Troyes '09), VF ('12), Winter Camino ('13/'14) Cammino d'Assisi ('14) Jakobseweg (Leipzig - Paris '15) San Salvador/Norte ('15) Ignaciano ('16) Invierno ('16)
if there are other South Aussies on this forum
Hi Kathryn H. You don't say where you live so some of these suggestions may not work for you. I live in the Hills (Stirling) and so I walk around the block which has plenty of ups and downs and can cover anywhere from 3km to 5km and with extra loops, if I have time. I intend to walk to Mt Lofty from my home - which is the reverse of what most people do - as part of my training. Most people will start at Waterfall Gully and head up to the cafe and back whereas I will walk through, or past, the Mt Lofty Botanical Gardens up Mt L, have a cafe con leche and then head home. One friend walks the Chambers Gully route regularly, and another friend walks the path past Carrick Hill. There is a VERY steep hill that you can tackle from the road near the caravan park at Brownhill Creek and head on to Carrick Hill - great training if you live near there, and you can include the Waite arboretum in that too. Then of course there is the Linear Park. Though this doesn't have many climbs on it (or any really), but it would be a good one for practicing distance from one end to the other. Another training walk could be along the coastal paths (Henley to Seacliff or further) - they are long, and walking on the beach will really strengthen your calves. In the winter there are some wonderful stretches of the Heysen Trail that you could do - places near Bridgewater, to Ashton, or out Jupiter Creek way, and there are many tracks in Belair National Park too.

There is going to be a hiking Expo at Belair National Park on April 26th (organised by Hiking SA - you might get a lot of ideas there.

Hope those suggestions are helpful. Janet

PS do you know about the Australian Friends of the Camino? The Adelaide group just had 64 pilgrims at a gathering (despite Superloop) on Sat. Contact me through info@afotc.org if you want more info.
 

Kathryn_H

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances May 2020
'next door' in Victoria...I find walking into the city..round trip about 14kms and along the beach but most important is to get the kms in the legs
I've been aiming for a 18-20km hills walk every sunday and a 10-15km walk mid week. Hoping that will be enough!
 

Kathryn_H

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances May 2020
Hi Kathryn
My training is with a 5.5kg BackPack,
12.76km Sunday / 11.3km Monday (today) ...
my average was 7.6km x 5 days a week since last December.
This includes 200mtrs + of elevation (4 hilly Sydney suburban streets).

I plan on building this up to 16km x 3 consecutive days (twice a week).
I have the ambition to increase the elevation to 300mtrs+.
I leave for SJPdP mid April.
Hope this helps.

Buen Camino
BruceS
Sounds good! I work full time, so I am struggling to get any back to back walking in. But hoping my two long walks a week and gym sessions before work are all helping!
 

Kathryn_H

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances May 2020
Travel Insurance which will cover if the coronavirus breaks out along your journey ?
WOW ... that has me concerned ...
Insurance has seldom been a consideration ... they bet u will NOT get sick / You bet you WILL.
I would sooner spend the insurance money on Spanish wines.
If this 'COVID-19' spreads into France and Spain ... I will postpone.
Do you think this is something to worry about?? Today there has been announced a lot of cases in Italy so its only a matter of time for the virus to spread to France and Spain.
 

Kathryn_H

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances May 2020
hELLO I from aUSSIE Eastern island NZ but so far haven't done little training. I have been inspired by everyone effort & hopefully have a more disciplined approach to this soon. Has anyone managed to find Travel Insurance which will cover if the coronavirus breaks out along your journey ? Or you not too worried about it ?
I wasn't too worried about coronavirus! But now I am! There are now cases in Italy...
 

Kathryn_H

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances May 2020
Hi Kathryn H. You don't say where you live so some of these suggestions may not work for you. I live in the Hills (Stirling) and so I walk around the block which has plenty of ups and downs and can cover anywhere from 3km to 5km and with extra loops, if I have time. I intend to walk to Mt Lofty from my home - which is the reverse of what most people do - as part of my training. Most people will start at Waterfall Gully and head up to the cafe and back whereas I will walk through, or past, the Mt Lofty Botanical Gardens up Mt L, have a cafe con leche and then head home. One friend walks the Chambers Gully route regularly, and another friend walks the path past Carrick Hill. There is a VERY steep hill that you can tackle from the road near the caravan park at Brownhill Creek and head on to Carrick Hill - great training if you live near there, and you can include the Waite arboretum in that too. Then of course there is the Linear Park. Though this doesn't have many climbs on it (or any really), but it would be a good one for practicing distance from one end to the other. Another training walk could be along the coastal paths (Henley to Seacliff or further) - they are long, and walking on the beach will really strengthen your calves. In the winter there are some wonderful stretches of the Heysen Trail that you could do - places near Bridgewater, to Ashton, or out Jupiter Creek way, and there are many tracks in Belair National Park too.

There is going to be a hiking Expo at Belair National Park on April 26th (organised by Hiking SA - you might get a lot of ideas there.

Hope those suggestions are helpful. Janet

PS do you know about the Australian Friends of the Camino? The Adelaide group just had 64 pilgrims at a gathering (despite Superloop) on Sat. Contact me through info@afotc.org if you want more info.
Hi Janet. How lucky to live in the hills! I am on the plains but aim to do one hills walk a week. Well, based on what your suggestions I think I am doing enough. I have been doing chambers gully regularly. And get to Belair NP quite regularly. I work full time, so I was a bit worried I wasn't getting enough k's in. I will throw some Mount Lofty in in the coming weeks as well. I think I know the hill you are talking about near the caravan park, I will add that in as well!

I noticed the Marino to Hallett Cove boardwalk is mostly open again, so I was planning a Hallett Cove to Glenelg and return walk which I think would be about 26km's + lots of stairs.
 

andyhp

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April 2020
We live in the south and do a lot of walking along the cycle tracks around Seaford/Mclaren Vale/Willunga. Unfortunately these are all mostly flat. We have started doing the track up Louds Hill - if you can do this twice it’s a 400mtr climb over 7.5kms - been doing it with our packs - doesn’t seem much but good for the legs and a very quiet spot - getting ready for a 6 April start 😳 not stressing too much about it - we will be what we will be on the day and let the tracks do their thing 😁😁😁
 

AlwynWellington

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
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Kia ora tatou (greetings to you all) from the east.

The small pimple just out of Saint-Jean can be an obstacle to many.

Where you do have hills near by I suggest:

1) work up to 2 to 3 hours non-stop (there is not much to stop for after leaving Saint-Jean)
2) when going up a hill do this:
2a) dress for what the weather will be like in 2 to 3 hours after you start;
2b) as the steepness increases take smaller and smaller steps until the toes of each foot are in front the other by about 100 mm (4 inches) each time;
2c) barely lift you feet - this saves some energy;
2d) breathe in on one footfall and breathe out on the other.

In my expereinces and observations you will typically not be passed by anyone. Others will stop to take off clothes, adjust their packs, have a drink etc

Kia kaha (take care, be strong, get going)
 

Louise Lazar-Wright

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Compostela 2016
Hey all

I am curious if there are other South Aussies on this forum? If yes, I'd love to know what training walks you have been doing?
Hi Kathryn, yes there is me in WA currently planning a back to back camino Le Puy to St Jean, ST Jean to Santiago. with a month break in Andalusia to do some house sitting. It's a bit of a long haul but Ozz is a long way from Europe...In 2016 I was unable to complete my last camino St J to S dC due to injury ...am going back to finish it adding the Le Puy Camino to the equation...and some additional trips through Europe into the mix.
And You?
Cheers
Louise
 

jl

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances('05, '07), Aragonese ('05), del Norte / Primitivo ('09), Via Tolosana (Toulouse '05), Via Podiensis (Le Puy '07), Via Lemovicensis (Troyes '09), VF ('12), Winter Camino ('13/'14) Cammino d'Assisi ('14) Jakobseweg (Leipzig - Paris '15) San Salvador/Norte ('15) Ignaciano ('16) Invierno ('16)
The small pimple just out of Saint-Jean can be an obstacle to many
Hi again Kathryn, if you want to know a comparison to the small pimple, in my opinion it is no worse than Mt Lofty, though a little longer, and it is nowhere near as bad as the hill opposite the Caravan Park at Brownhill Creek. If you can climb those and then continue on for another 10kms or so you should be fine. Just allow time, and stop and admire the view! Photo stops always provide a rest too!

In case you weren't aware of it, the Australian Friends of the Camino provide credencials to their members upon request. Not only that, but the welcome pack includes other useful information too, including a guide book to Santiago de Compostela.
Janet
 

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