- Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Portuguese coastal way (2017)
Camino Frances (May/June 2018)
Buen Camino! I walk the coastal Portuguese way in late May. Given the terrain, will I need walking sticks?
Thanks for the warm welcome! It's my first Camino and I thought I'd prefer a coastal route and due to time constraints...I'm so excited!! I'm going to get real minimal. No walking poles and a bag at (hopefully) 10 lbs.Welcome EmoJohnson!
Need? Probably not. I used mine probably 40-50% of the time from Porto to Santiago de Compostela on the coastal route.
Oh my! I hadn't considered roving packs of dogs...I have been told by numerous people in this forum and elsewhere that walking poles are highly recommended to ward off the dogs. I am DEFINITELY taking mine for Portugues central (and will buy one in Lisbon if mine gets lost in transit!). Not sure whether the coastal route is different though.
Clever! An impromptu tent! I've come to the right place for pilgrim wisdom...Welcome Emo,
I am a convert to walking poles, well one to be exact.
There has been a lot of research that supports the protection and distribution of weight across your body rather than just your knees. Numerous other benefits I found was supporting my poncho when I made an impromptu tent during a storm, a quick support for a washing line and more importantly for fighting off dragons around OCebreiro!
Hahaha! We need Pilgrim Comedy Hour on this forum!ward of dogs! Probably better to throw the stick and while the dog goes to fetch it you scramble up the nearest tree. If you have wooden ones you can have a nice homely fire in the Alberge in the evening much to the delight of your fellow pilgrims.
Thank you! What did those poles cost you?Everyone has their opinion. I also like the poles to avoid hands swelling while walking. Other than that, I would consider poles in the way on that route. I have the z poles that fold up very small, so I can easily put them away when not needed.
Have you walked from Porto to Santiago with them?
The TSA and other air safety regulators prohibit poles as carry on luggage. However, there are many forum members who can attest to the fact that these rules are applied by humans, and there appears to be considerable leeway in how they are applied.I'm a bit late to the party but do you have to check in the poles ? Of course I fly tomorrow and have not booked hold luggage!!