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Packing decisions - Camino in October

KarenLScot

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
St. Francis
#1
My husband and I are walking the Camino Frances, leaving Sydney on the 30th September, 2 nights in Paris, 2 nights in SJPP and overnight in Orisson. We plan to end our walk in the 2nd week of November. I am wondering whether to take a light jacket or I will need a heavier fleece or down jacket? I know the days can be a bit warmer but the nights could be cold. We are taking our rain gear (jacket and trousers). We also plan to take a sleeping bag. Any advice from pilgrims who have walked/planning to walk at this time of year would be appreciated.
 

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Marbe2

Active member
Camino(s) past & future
2015 SJPD to Burgos
2017 Leon to Santiago
Pamplona to Santiago Mar. 2018
Burgos - SCDC (Oct 18)
#2
There is no way to predict what will happen with the weather. Early October could be hot...or it is possible to hit snow in the mountain areas. If you are taking a rain jacket then I would definitely not bring a down jacket. Think lite weight layers that you can add on. I would bring a lite weight fleece jacket, two long sleeve wicker shirts and one short sleeve wicker shirt. That should be plenty. Pile on or off as needed.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016). Seville-Astorga (Mar 2017). Mozarabe (Apr-May 2018)
#3
Think light layers! If in doubt, add another light layer rather than switching for a heavier item. If it is cold outside you can always pull on your rain gear for insulation. At night you put on all your clothes if necessary. Many people do take very light down jackets or vests, throughout the year, but you will not need it for walking. I take a sleeveless down vest, which is less bulky and not so hot - I use it in the evenings or at night, as my tired body likes the cosiness on chilly evenings.

I would take virtually the same clothes at any time of the year, perhaps just adding one long base layer in January-February, and leaving my merino buff and gloves home for July-August.

I would take very light gloves for October.
 

davebugg

DustOff: "When I have your wounded."
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances...
Sept. 2017: SJPdP to Burgos
Sept./Oct. 2018: SJPdP to Santiago de Compostela
#4
My husband and I are walking the Camino Frances, leaving Sydney on the 30th September, 2 nights in Paris, 2 nights in SJPP and overnight in Orisson. We plan to end our walk in the 2nd week of November. I am wondering whether to take a light jacket or I will need a heavier fleece or down jacket? I know the days can be a bit warmer but the nights could be cold. We are taking our rain gear (jacket and trousers). We also plan to take a sleeping bag. Any advice from pilgrims who have walked/planning to walk at this time of year would be appreciated.
Hi, Karen. . . .

Maybe this will give you an idea of what will work during your time on Camino. Below is a list of my "closet" that I carry in my pack. Besides it being used during the Fall on the Camino last year, it is about the same as what I used to thru hike the Pacific Crest Trail and the Colorado Trail (most of which sits above 9,000 feet / 2743 meters in elevation. And for the thousands of other backpacking miles I have done.
  1. Pants -- REI, Classic Sahara Convertible, Zip-Off Legs
  2. Baselayer Top -- Smartwool, Lightweight, Long-Sleeve x 1
  3. Baselayer Bottom - Smartwool, Lightweight
  4. Hat - wool beanie
  5. Windshell Jacket - Patagonia, Houdini
  6. Insulating Layer -- Mountain Hardwear, Ghost Whisperer Vest
  7. Socks -- Smartwool Phd, Crew, Light Padding x 2
  8. Extra insoles x 1
  9. Poncho --- Zpacks, Cuben Fiber
  10. Gloves -- North Face, polartec
The total weight is around 3.4 pounds.

The clothing that I wear usually consists of running shorts and a long sleeved synthetic and lightweight shirt. All of the clothing can be used in various layering configurations to provide a comfort range from 25F to very hot. This is just an example of how a layering system can be flexible and cover a wide temperature range which is more than sufficient for the time of year you are going over the Pyrenees and Galicia.
 

scruffy1

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Holy Year from Pamplona 2010, SJPP 2011, Lisbon 2012, Le Puy 2013, Vezelay (partial watch this space!) 2014; 2015 Toulouse-Puenta la Reina (Arles)
#5
Buen Camino. Merino merino merino 'nuff said. And another thought or two. 1) Book very early with Jean-Jacques at Orisson even in October he is busy busy. You can find the email on his site http://www.refuge-orisson.com/en/ then before you leave home call him on the phone to confirm mistakes do happen 33 5 59 49 13 03 . 2) You will be flying a long distance to reach Paris, after your Camino you face a 1000k+ trip back across half of Europe to catch a plane home? Paris is wonderful even in October/November but Madrid is far more convenient.
 

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Depart Los Angeles on September 19, 2016
#6
My husband and I are walking the Camino Frances, leaving Sydney on the 30th September, 2 nights in Paris, 2 nights in SJPP and overnight in Orisson. We plan to end our walk in the 2nd week of November. I am wondering whether to take a light jacket or I will need a heavier fleece or down jacket? I know the days can be a bit warmer but the nights could be cold. We are taking our rain gear (jacket and trousers). We also plan to take a sleeping bag. Any advice from pilgrims who have walked/planning to walk at this time of year would be appreciated.
This is a delightful time of year with moderate temperatures and fewer people competing for accommodations. Spending two nights in SJPP is a good idea to orientate and rest up for your first day on the trail to Orisson, another good idea . . . what's the hurry, right? You definitely want to take a light wind breaker/rain cost as you are liable to run into cooler climes in the mountains and possibly train as the days transition into winter. I would definitely take a light down sleeping bag that will cover you down to 45 degrees F. Some of the nights can get down right chilly although keep in mind most alburges provide pillows and warm blankets, so you should be fine. Also, some alburges have private rooms if you're looking for a bit of privacy after sleeping toe to toe with other pilgrims, a nice treat, if you will. My last bit of advice is not to overpack with unnecessary gear -- remember you're going to have to carry that for 500 miles. So, second guess everything you plan to take --- is it a real need or want and rely on layering for all temperature conditions. As an FYI, I walked the Camino (solo) starting September 19th and ended November 4th. I took my time, smelled the roses and had a extraordinary, transformative experience. I wish you the same. Happy Trails. Rover
 
Camino(s) past & future
St. Francis
#7
This is a delightful time of year with moderate temperatures and fewer people competing for accommodations. Spending two nights in SJPP is a good idea to orientate and rest up for your first day on the trail to Orisson, another good idea . . . what's the hurry, right? You definitely want to take a light wind breaker/rain cost as you are liable to run into cooler climes in the mountains and possibly train as the days transition into winter. I would definitely take a light down sleeping bag that will cover you down to 45 degrees F. Some of the nights can get down right chilly although keep in mind most alburges provide pillows and warm blankets, so you should be fine. Also, some alburges have private rooms if you're looking for a bit of privacy after sleeping toe to toe with other pilgrims, a nice treat, if you will. My last bit of advice is not to overpack with unnecessary gear -- remember you're going to have to carry that for 500 miles. So, second guess everything you plan to take --- is it a real need or want and rely on layering for all temperature conditions. As an FYI, I walked the Camino (solo) starting September 19th and ended November 4th. I took my time, smelled the roses and had a extraordinary, transformative experience. I wish you the same. Happy Trails. Rover
Thank you for the advice Rover.
 
Camino(s) past & future
St. Francis
#8
Buen Camino. Merino merino merino 'nuff said. And another thought or two. 1) Book very early with Jean-Jacques at Orisson even in October he is busy busy. You can find the email on his site http://www.refuge-orisson.com/en/ then before you leave home call him on the phone to confirm mistakes do happen 33 5 59 49 13 03 . 2) You will be flying a long distance to reach Paris, after your Camino you face a 1000k+ trip back across half of Europe to catch a plane home? Paris is wonderful even in October/November but Madrid is far more convenient.
 
Camino(s) past & future
St. Francis
#10
Hi, Karen. . . .

Maybe this will give you an idea of what will work during your time on Camino. Below is a list of my "closet" that I carry in my pack. Besides it being used during the Fall on the Camino last year, it is about the same as what I used to thru hike the Pacific Crest Trail and the Colorado Trail (most of which sits above 9,000 feet / 2743 meters in elevation. And for the thousands of other backpacking miles I have done.
  1. Pants -- REI, Classic Sahara Convertible, Zip-Off Legs
  2. Baselayer Top -- Smartwool, Lightweight, Long-Sleeve x 1
  3. Baselayer Bottom - Smartwool, Lightweight
  4. Hat - wool beanie
  5. Windshell Jacket - Patagonia, Houdini
  6. Insulating Layer -- Mountain Hardwear, Ghost Whisperer Vest
  7. Socks -- Smartwool Phd, Crew, Light Padding x 2
  8. Extra insoles x 1
  9. Poncho --- Zpacks, Cuben Fiber
  10. Gloves -- North Face, polartec
The total weight is around 3.4 pounds.

The clothing that I wear usually consists of running shorts and a long sleeved synthetic and lightweight shirt. All of the clothing can be used in various layering configurations to provide a comfort range from 25F to very hot. This is just an example of how a layering system can be flexible and cover a wide temperature range which is more than sufficient for the time of year you are going over the Pyrenees and Galicia.
 

SallyToms

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances to Muxia Oct 2016
Via de Plata to Caceres 2017
Portuguese 2017
Ingles 2017
#12
Hi Karen. I live near Coffs Harbour so feel the cold a bit. I had a lightweight fleece, 2 long sleeve and 2 short sleeve merino shirts. (Sometimes used extra shirt as a pillow case) I didn’t have shorts and my pants didn’t zip off and there were a few hot days that would have been a good option. I might take a skirt on the Norte this October. I definitely needed my Marmot goretex rain jacket over the Pyrenees and also up to Foncebaddon along with gloves and beanie for warmth. . And I loved my Sea to Summit Traveller sleeping bag, preferred that to the blankets but still needed them on top some nights. I used my rain pants a few times as well. I also had a strappy singlet merino as an extra layer. Usually slept in my Kathmandu Vixen Active pants, and wore them to dinner every night. Don’t know what it all weighed but fitted easily into Sirrus 36 L using dry bags to separate and compress. I started the Frances on October 1 2016. Hope this helps Buen Camino
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
#13
I have walked the CF ten times in late autumn/winter. Most of us who do wear and carry lightweight but warm layers which can easily be added or removed while walking. Each pilgrim develops a favorite combo. Scan the Forum's Equipment topichttp://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/forums/equipment-questions.30/
to see a multitude of varied approaches. Here's mine
http://mermore.blogspot.fr/p/kit-and-tips.html

Remember autumn/winter is a great time to walk, but you must be PREPARED!

Happy planning, stay safe and Buen camino
 

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