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Ponferrada to Compostella May 1-15

Camino(s) past & future
May 2018
#1
Hi! Would like to get some feedback about the weather and women’s clothing choices during this time period. Too cold for shorts? What about rain? Thanks!
 

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Pong

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés - April - May 2016
Camino del Norte - April - May 2017
Frances - March-April 2018
#3
Katy: In 2016 I walked the Frances, Pamplona to Burgos and Ponferrada to Santiago, the latter segment at just about the same time you will be on that route. We had showers many of the days in Galicia (no surprise there) but only a couple really rainy days. I would not plan a walking trip through Galicia without rain gear. A lightweight rain jacket with a pack cover, or poncho should be enough. I used a "Parcho" which I made. It is kind of a combo poncho and raincoat with odd sleeves and a full front zip (important for ventilation and avoiding too much condensation). I didn't have rainpants and did not miss them.

I always hike/walk in a skirt and have lightweight merino tights to wear under the skirt for cooler days. I wore these most mornings. If the day warmed up, I could easily remove the tights. My avatar shows me in skirt and short sleeve tee on the way up O'Cebreiro, on a gorgeous day, perfect for a walk. I had that short sleeve merino tee and a long sleeve version. Probably wore the long sleeve more often, but then I am often colder than most. I had other layers for warmth. Multiple light layers are better than one or two thick ones as you can adjust more readily to varied conditions. I'm sure you can find many gear lists by searching the forum. They will include various schemes for clothing. Feel free to PM me for more detail on what worked for me. Whatever you go with, try it out on walks at home to be sure it works. You don't want to find out your shirt itches and your bottoms chafe once you arrive in Spain.:eek:

I suggest you give some thought to the skirt and merino or tech-wick tights combo, more versatile than pants/shorts IMO. I will be back in Spain two weeks from now to cover the miles I did not have time for in 2016, walking from SJPP to Pamplona, then Burgos to Ponferrada. If time allows I will add Muxia too. Skirt and tights will be my everyday wear. Because I am going so early this year, I will be bringing a pair of fleece tights as well as the lightweight merino. Best wishes for your Camino.
 
Camino(s) past & future
May 2018
#4
Katy: In 2016 I walked the Frances, Pamplona to Burgos and Ponferrada to Santiago, the latter segment at just about the same time you will be on that route. We had showers many of the days in Galicia (no surprise there) but only a couple really rainy days. I would not plan a walking trip through Galicia without rain gear. A lightweight rain jacket with a pack cover, or poncho should be enough. I used a "Parcho" which I made. It is kind of a combo poncho and raincoat with odd sleeves and a full front zip (important for ventilation and avoiding too much condensation). I didn't have rainpants and did not miss them.

I always hike/walk in a skirt and have lightweight merino tights to wear under the skirt for cooler days. I wore these most mornings. If the day warmed up, I could easily remove the tights. My avatar shows me in skirt and short sleeve tee on the way up O'Cebreiro, on a gorgeous day, perfect for a walk. I had that short sleeve merino tee and a long sleeve version. Probably wore the long sleeve more often, but then I am often colder than most. I had other layers for warmth. Multiple light layers are better than one or two thick ones as you can adjust more readily to varied conditions. I'm sure you can find many gear lists by searching the forum. They will include various schemes for clothing. Feel free to PM me for more detail on what worked for me. Whatever you go with, try it out on walks at home to be sure it works. You don't want to find out your shirt itches and your bottoms chafe once you arrive in Spain.:eek:

I suggest you give some thought to the skirt and merino or tech-wick tights combo, more versatile than pants/shorts IMO. I will be back in Spain two weeks from now to cover the miles I did not have time for in 2016, walking from SJPP to Pamplona, then Burgos to Ponferrada. If time allows I will add Muxia too. Skirt and tights will be my everyday wear. Because I am going so early this year, I will be bringing a pair of fleece tights as well as the lightweight merino. Best wishes for your Camino.
Thanks so much, this is very helpful! I had not even thought to look into tights and skirt combo. Another question - trying to decide about waterproof shoes. I have been training in non WP Brooks trail shoes and some Merrill WP shoes. The WP shoes are definitely leaving my feet pretty sweaty, which I don't like and makes me concerned about blisters. However, I know wet feet will produce the same effect. I plan to bring both but wondering about what your experience has been?
 
Camino(s) past & future
May 2018
#5
Katy: In 2016 I walked the Frances, Pamplona to Burgos and Ponferrada to Santiago, the latter segment at just about the same time you will be on that route. We had showers many of the days in Galicia (no surprise there) but only a couple really rainy days. I would not plan a walking trip through Galicia without rain gear. A lightweight rain jacket with a pack cover, or poncho should be enough. I used a "Parcho" which I made. It is kind of a combo poncho and raincoat with odd sleeves and a full front zip (important for ventilation and avoiding too much condensation). I didn't have rainpants and did not miss them.

I always hike/walk in a skirt and have lightweight merino tights to wear under the skirt for cooler days. I wore these most mornings. If the day warmed up, I could easily remove the tights. My avatar shows me in skirt and short sleeve tee on the way up O'Cebreiro, on a gorgeous day, perfect for a walk. I had that short sleeve merino tee and a long sleeve version. Probably wore the long sleeve more often, but then I am often colder than most. I had other layers for warmth. Multiple light layers are better than one or two thick ones as you can adjust more readily to varied conditions. I'm sure you can find many gear lists by searching the forum. They will include various schemes for clothing. Feel free to PM me for more detail on what worked for me. Whatever you go with, try it out on walks at home to be sure it works. You don't want to find out your shirt itches and your bottoms chafe once you arrive in Spain.:eek:

I suggest you give some thought to the skirt and merino or tech-wick tights combo, more versatile than pants/shorts IMO. I will be back in Spain two weeks from now to cover the miles I did not have time for in 2016, walking from SJPP to Pamplona, then Burgos to Ponferrada. If time allows I will add Muxia too. Skirt and tights will be my everyday wear. Because I am going so early this year, I will be bringing a pair of fleece tights as well as the lightweight merino. Best wishes for your Camino.

Also, how do I PM you through here?? Just tried and couldn't seem to find it...
 

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Pong

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés - April - May 2016
Camino del Norte - April - May 2017
Frances - March-April 2018
#6
In 2016 on the Frances, I walked in non waterproof trail running shoes, and it worked out well. My shoes and feet got wet a few times, but didn't cause problems. My shoes dried fast. Last year I wore what I would call a "water resistant" trail runner as I wanted more warmth in the shoes. I was out a few weeks earlier on that Camino. That worked out well too. I'm heading out March 23, I'm going with the water resistant warmer shoes. I expect more rain earlier in the season, and some colder weather too. I didn't get any blisters either year (hope I'm not jinxing myself for this year!) Your choice of socks is really important too. I use two pair of thin sox, the inner pair are toe sox made by Injinji. I've used this system for years and no more blisters on my toes (so far). Like most things, decisions about shoes and socks are very personal. You'll get all kinds of advice here in the forum. If I were to repeat an early May walk on the Frances, I would use the non-waterproof version of my shoe. As you probably have heard repeated here very often, be sure to wear your shoes for a number of miles and for a number of weeks before heading off to Spain with them.

To PM, go to the top bar, right hand side of the page and click on the "inbox". You will have the opportunity to "start a new conversation". Click that and you can then enter the name of the individual you wish to communicate with. You can "converse" with one or several forum members. Ciao!
 
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@Katy White , hi

While of the male persuasion I have worn a skirt (it rather looks much like a kilt) for the past four years - the first two were training and the next two on camino in Europe and the UK.

Before that I wore shorts. The kilt, for me, provides warmth and built in ventilation.

Whether kilt or shorts I wear pressure hose (ankle to top of calf for varicose veins), liner socks and ankle socks. I also wear cheap ($2 shop) athelic bandage holders over the pressure hose at the calves.

All up this keeps my legs warm in cold weather (or early mornings) and do not cause me discomfort in hot weather.

I would never consider wearing longs of any type

I hope that provides an answer to your query

Kia kaha (take care, be strong, get going)
 
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Camino(s) past & future
May 2018
#8
@Katy White , hi

While of the male persuasion I have worn a skirt (it rather looks much like a kilt) for the past four years - the first two were training and the next two on camino in Europe and the UK.

Before that I wore shorts. The kilt, for me, provides warmth and built in ventilation.

Whether kilt or shorts I wear pressure hose (ankle to top of calf for varicose veins), liner socks and ankle socks. I also wear cheap ($2 shop) athelic bandage holders over the pressure hose at the calves.

All up this keeps my legs warm in cold weather (or early mornings) and do not cause me discomfort in hot weather.

I would never consider wearing longs of any type

I hope that provides an answer to your query

Kia kaha (take care, be strong, get going)
Thank you so very much for this feedback!
 

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