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Sleeping bag

tony473

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
9/20
I am planning to walk the VLPR in the end of September and first two weeks of October ,does anyone know if I need a sleeping bag or just a liner.
 

dougfitz

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Camino(s) past & future
Spain: Mar 2010, Apr 2014, May/Jun 2016. Norway/Sweden: 2012, 2018. Other: 2011, 2019. CP (tbc)
Late Sep will still be relatively warm, but it is going to be getting colder. If you are tolerant to being a little cold if there are no blankets, not carrying a bag might be a reasonable option.

My own practice is to take a light (+5 deg C) bag and liner, even walking from May to early Jun. It was used, often just as a quilt, almost every night at that time. When walking earlier in the year, my bag was used every night other than the two where I stayed in hotels on my rest days.
 
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Shinobi42

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino de la Costa from Irun to Nueva 2018
Camino de la Costa from Nueva to Muxia (2020)
I used my +5°C sleeping bag on the Camino de la Costa in September every night. When it was really warm I had the zipper open and used it as a quilt like dougfitz. I would like to recommend to replace the original sack by a compressionable and waterproof one to have more space in the backpack.
 

JanelMcB

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF (2018)
Sea to Summit Spark SpI is extremely light weight. Might be perfect for your walk.
 

Sharry

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2020)
Sea to Summit Spark SpI is extremely light weight. Might be perfect for your walk.
Jane, did you use the 40 degree Spark? I'll be walking the Frances in May and have some concerns about warmth at night. I'd talked myself out of taking a sleeping bag some weeks ago, but still wonder if that's the way to go.
 

JanelMcB

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF (2018)
The temperature rating info stamped on the inside of the bag is as follows:

12C / 54F
comfort

8C / 46F
lower limit

-5C / 23F
extreme

I don't know what you mean by "40 degree Spark." I used the SpI (what looks like an upper case I in one location on the bag more clearly looks like the digit 1 in a different location on the bag.) I chose this bag because of its extreme light weight ness. I was plenty comfy in the albergues sleeping in gym shorts and a T shirt.

The sleeping bag came with a compression sack. I used it a few times and then decided to store it daily in a slightly larger stuff sack as it stuffed faster into the slightly larger sack. I used the original compression sack to hold other small items.

I think I read about the sleeping bag on the REI site, but had to order it as it was not carried in the store. It, my Osprey Lumina 60L back pack, and my THE PACKA rain jacket were three of the best purchases I made. All purchases were based on weight, and the back pack fit me just fine.

Hope this info helps.
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
Jane, did you use the 40 degree Spark? I'll be walking the Frances in May and have some concerns about warmth at night. I'd talked myself out of taking a sleeping bag some weeks ago, but still wonder if that's the way to go.
You're sleeping inside with the body heat of other pilgrims. I can't imagine it would get colder than 40F.
 

dougfitz

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Camino(s) past & future
Spain: Mar 2010, Apr 2014, May/Jun 2016. Norway/Sweden: 2012, 2018. Other: 2011, 2019. CP (tbc)
You're sleeping inside with the body heat of other pilgrims. I can't imagine it would get colder than 40F.
When I walked in 2010, there were two places that I stayed that pilgrim body heat was never going to warm up. The former school gym at Zubiri and the overflow into the loft of the parochial albergue at Granon. In early to mid April, they were both very cold nights. At the time, Zubiri had ex-Army foam mattresses but no blankets in the gym; Granon had blankets and gym mats.

I don't know what the overnight temperatures were - just that it felt extremely cold and I was very glad to be in a sleeping bag. That memory probably influences my thinking on whether or not to remove the bag from my packing list. I don't, although I now have a somewhat lighter bag that is a crossover between a tight mummy bag and a somewhat more comfortable semi-rectangular bag.
 

Terry Callery

Chi Walker
Camino(s) past & future
"Portuguese Camino - In Search of the Infinite Moment" Amazon/Kindle books authored
"Slow Camino"
I took no sleeping bag or liner when I did the Portuguese Route from Lisbon starting in February and ending late March. Takes up too much room in my backpack! Every place I stayed had bed sheets except one albergue. There I simply used one of the extra blankets provided. The again I stayed mostly at Quintas, 2-3 Star Hotels, Pensions and nice private albergues and every one had bed sheets. I also did not take walking poles, cell phone, ipod for music and other items many pilgrims think they need. Less is more.
 

Karl Oz

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Frances
Portuguese
Aragones
Sanabres
Piamonte
Elizabethpfad
When I walked in 2010, there were two places that I stayed that pilgrim body heat was never going to warm up. The former school gym at Zubiri and the overflow into the loft of the parochial albergue at Granon. In early to mid April, they were both very cold nights. At the time, Zubiri had ex-Army foam mattresses but no blankets in the gym; Granon had blankets and gym mats.

I don't know what the overnight temperatures were - just that it felt extremely cold and I was very glad to be in a sleeping bag. That memory probably influences my thinking on whether or not to remove the bag from my packing list. I don't, although I now have a somewhat lighter bag that is a crossover between a tight mummy bag and a somewhat more comfortable semi-rectangular bag.
Agree with this. I'm taking one from now on, as I have had enough of aggravatingly cold nights.
 

Karl Oz

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances
Portuguese
Aragones
Sanabres
Piamonte
Elizabethpfad
I took no sleeping bag or liner when I did the Portuguese Route from Lisbon starting in February and ending late March. Takes up too much room in my backpack! Every place I stayed had bed sheets except one albergue. There I simply used one of the extra blankets provided. The again I stayed mostly at Quintas, 2-3 Star Hotels, Pensions and nice private albergues and every one had bed sheets. I also did not take walking poles, cell phone, ipod for music and other items many pilgrims think they need. Less is more.
Good advice if you stay in quintas, hotels, pensiones and private albergues - maybe not so efficacious if you are staying in municipal albergues!
 

TMinAlaska

Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF segments -2014 and 2016
CN/CP - 2018
The inexpensive Costco down blanket (just picked up an extra for just $14), add a few snaps and voila! Light, small, quiet, and works great as your sleeping bag or a blanket. I'm 5'5" so I can fit entirely in the length of this makeshift sleeping bag.
 

Jscarm

We have cows!
Camino(s) past & future
Walked in May/June 2015.
Plan to walk this year in May/June (2020)
I walked 4 years ago in May June and carried a poncho liner to use as a sleeping bag.It also worked well as a blanket and rolled up tight and fit well in my pack.
 

SoyGalego

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Norte/Primo/Fisterra 17
Ingles/Muxia/Fisterra 18.
I've done a couple of Camino's now during the winter (Feb and early Mar) and I use a Jungle sleeping bag. It's a 2 season bag rated between +7 and +2 but with a liner, if needed, gives it an added season. I find this plenty warm, even when I stayed a night in a stone built Albergue without heating. As I travel in winter you never know what might happen so I also take a survival bivi bag, in case I need to sleep outside for a night. Which nearly happened to me on the northern route when the hostel was full and the only Albergue shut. It's minimal weight and my usual pack weight is about 13kg, which a lot of people will bulk at, but I don't have a problem with that and I've got everything I need.
 

suzanne perron

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Past: Frances, Norte, Primitivo, Aragones, 1/2 Via Plata. Future: Italian part of Via Francigena
Jane, did you use the 40 degree Spark? I'll be walking the Frances in May and have some concerns about warmth at night. I'd talked myself out of taking a sleeping bag some weeks ago, but still wonder if that's the way to go.
Hi
I have walked the Camino Frances a few times and there are ALWAYS blankets and the bigger dorms do get warm (people heat). That said I always have my 500gr (or 1/2lb) sleeping bag (cheap, not warm).
Like this about https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5046-847/Intrepid-Traveller-+15-22C-Sleeping-Bag it gets very small. I like to be in my own bag. I always have thin leggings in case of cold and never used them on 5 Caminos! Good luck and do not worry as you can unload stuff you don't want or pick up what you decide you need everywhere.
 

dougfitz

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Camino(s) past & future
Spain: Mar 2010, Apr 2014, May/Jun 2016. Norway/Sweden: 2012, 2018. Other: 2011, 2019. CP (tbc)
I have walked the Camino Frances a few times and there are ALWAYS blankets
@suzanne perron, have you stayed in absolutely every albergue? Unless you have, or have conducted a census, you have no foundation upon which to make such an absolute statement. The two times that I have walked the CF, there haven't been blankets in the overflow accommodation at the Municipal Albergue in Zubiri, just as one example. It would be worth knowing if that has changed if you have stayed in the overflow there recently.
 

mmmmartin

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Santander-SdC bici '14
Plata bici '17
1/2 Plata bici '18
Frances a pie '18
(Porto a pie '19)
@suzanne perron, have you stayed in absolutely every albergue? Unless you have, or have conducted a census, you have no foundation upon which to make such an absolute statement. The two times that I have walked the CF, there haven't been blankets in the overflow accommodation at the Municipal Albergue in Zubiri, just as one example. It would be worth knowing if that has changed if you have stayed in the overflow there recently.
Agree with this - Galician municipal albergues don't have blankets IME. This is because of hygiene I think: bugs do seem to like living in blankets and cleaning them is tricky and costly. And those that do have blankets? One wonders how often they are washed. A one season jungle type ex army issue bag weighs about a kilo.
 

suzanne perron

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Past: Frances, Norte, Primitivo, Aragones, 1/2 Via Plata. Future: Italian part of Via Francigena
Agree with this - Galician municipal albergues don't have blankets IME. This is because of hygiene I think: bugs do seem to like living in blankets and cleaning them is tricky and costly. And those that do have blankets? One wonders how often they are washed. A one season jungle type ex army issue bag weighs about a kilo.
OK OK relax, I have stayed in dozens (NOT ALL ) of the albergues on the caminos walked like the CF (x3), VdelaPlata, Norte, Aragones, Tour, Arles, Primitivo, Ingles and have ALways had one when needed .... so relax I was not making an 'absolute statement' but giving my opinion and others are welcome to share theirs and the questioner can decide for his/herself ... geez
 

Karl Oz

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances
Portuguese
Aragones
Sanabres
Piamonte
Elizabethpfad
OK OK relax, I have stayed in dozens (NOT ALL ) of the albergues on the caminos walked like the CF (x3), VdelaPlata, Norte, Aragones, Tour, Arles, Primitivo, Ingles and have ALways had one when needed .... so relax I was not making an 'absolute statement' but giving my opinion and others are welcome to share theirs and the questioner can decide for his/herself ... geez
Well, you did capitalise 'ALWAYS' for emphasis, so you could understand how people with a different experience might want to offer a caution!:)
 

suzanne perron

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Camino(s) past & future
Past: Frances, Norte, Primitivo, Aragones, 1/2 Via Plata. Future: Italian part of Via Francigena
Well, you did capitalise 'ALWAYS' for emphasis, so you could understand how people with a different experience might want to offer a caution!:)
True ... I will be more careful in future ... heading for the Via Francigena soon... woohoo!
 

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