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Review of Wise Pilgrim Guide

Discussion in 'Pilgrim Books' started by William Marques, Apr 21, 2017 at 5:20 PM.

  1. William Marques

    William Marques Moderator Staff Member Donating Member

    Jan 10, 2005
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    London UK
    I was given a copy of the Wise Pilgrim Guide to the Camino Frances.

    I am reviewing this from a desk not the on Camino so cannot tell if there are any mapping mistakes etc.

    It is the right size :) small and compact and will easily fit in a pocket of pack outer compartment.

    It is light :) not too many pages.

    It is just a guide :) with route maps and elevations at the front and local maps and accommodation following.

    There is none of the general advice that takes up so much space on normal guide books and which you come to this forum for anyway.

    The accommodation information seems detailed and accurate, as far as I can tell, and up to date.

    I am not sure why the elevations and maps do not start and finish at the same point on those pages but it is a design quibble rather than a fault.

    Were I going to tackle the CF this year I would take this and also make sure I had access to a different sort of guide which covered the history and architecture/art along the way in more detail, others may care more about the wildlife or botany etc.
    C clearly, wayfarer and natefaith like this.
  2. Stacey Wittig

    Stacey Wittig Stand at the crossroads and look

    Jan 4, 2014
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    Flagstaff, Arizona
    Camino(s) past & future:
    Leon-Santiago (2005)
    Arles-Toulouse (2006)
    St. Jean Pied de Port-Burgos (2008)
    Lourdes-Santiago (2015)
    Le Puy-Santiago (2016)
    Camino Primitivo (2017)
    I bought the Camino Primitivo WisePilgrim app for my phone. I may use it while walking the CP next week...if it transfers to my phone after I change SIM card. It has a few more places to stay than does the Confraternity of St James CP guide which I will be updating and editing as I walk.
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  3. Rick M

    Rick M Member

    Dec 12, 2015
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    Vancouver, Canada
    Camino(s) past & future:
    April (2016)
    Looking at the website, a note caught my eye about the maps in this guide:

    Oh, and North is always at the top.

    This is one of those things that you either care about or you don't. For me that was my only serious quibble with the other guide, and reason enough for me to check this one out. If you are a "map rotator" by nature, you won't like it. If north is always present in your mind, this is how you want the maps printed.
  4. trecile

    trecile Veteran Member Donating Member

    Feb 19, 2016
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    Southern Oregon
    Camino(s) past & future:
    Camino Frances August - September(2016)
    July - August (2017) - Camino Frances to Leon, Salvador to Oviedo, Primitivo to Santiago and beyond...
    Once you buy an app it's yours, whether you change phones or sim cards, though you may have to download it again.
  5. KiwiBrownz

    KiwiBrownz New Member

    Jun 2, 2015
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    Camino(s) past & future:
    This sounds great, can you buy this guide in France? or SJPP? Living at the bottom of the world (New Zealand) any guides apart from Brieley are hard to come by.
  6. natefaith

    natefaith Moderator Staff Member Donating Member

    Aug 25, 2011
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    Santiago de Compostela, Spain
    Camino(s) past & future:
    Sarria-Santiago (2009)
    León-Ponferrada (2014)
    TBD in 2017
  7. grayland

    grayland Moderator Staff Member Donating Member

    Dec 29, 2008
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    Camino(s) past & future:
    Camino Frances (2009);
    Camino Frances (2010);
    Camino Frances (2011);
    Le Puy Route (2012)
    Via de la Plata 2013 (August;
    Camino Sanabres. (2013)
    Camino del Norte (2014)
    Primitivo (2015)
    Camino Portugese ( Coastal). (2015);
    Winter Camino Frances (Jan 2016);
    Florence to Rome (Sept 2016)

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