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sleeping bags for vdlp

#1
We two are seeting off northbound from Sevilla in May, planning to stay in hostels for preference, but maybe we'll stay in some refugios. Should we bring sleeping bags?
 

omar504

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#2
Yes. There are not necessarily hostals/hotels in some towns but only refugios for which you would need a sleeping bag. I went at the same time last year and had sunny weather except for one afternoon in galicia. A lightweight one is enough but needed as the refugios may only have a covered mattress with no sheets/blankets.
 
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#3
Absolutely :!: Even when I slept in pensiones + hotels along the Camino, I slept inside my sleeping bag :!: :!: Kinda weird, eh? Ah, well... Best, xm 8)
 
#4
In the stretch between Sevilla and Salamanca - 520 kms - I found hostal or hotel accomodation every night in the quiet season of January. The standards were very good with fresh and clean beds and rooms for little cost. Indeed there was both heating in winter and air conditioning available for summer.

In May the weather is quite different. I think the answer to your question lies in what temperatures will you will find and this site gives good historical information for the the main places along the way which is worth checking:

http://www.weatheronline.co.uk/Europe.htm

Buen Camino

John
 
#5
Sleeping Bags

I walked Seville Santiago last July. By that time of the year there was certainly no need of a sleeping bag to keep warm. I took a sleeping bag and liner. I tossed the sleeping bag and used the liner for decency's sake when sleeping in a refuge with strangers. Bedding, even in the most modest of bars was always fresh and clean. I'd say don't take one and if you find you've made a mistake buy one en route.
 
#7
Thanks for the tips everyone. Its a toss up then. To carry 800 grams extra or not? We are aiming for Zamora, or maybe Astorga this time, ojala!
 
#8
Well we walked from Sevilla to Zamora in May/June. Staying mostly in hostals/hotels and a few refugios there was no need for a sleeping bag. However some refugios were very cold inside and luckily there were spare blankets. We were told a few refugios had neither blankets or bedding, merely shelter. So I would now say a sleeping bag is not needed at least for this bit unless you want to stay always in refugios.
http://www.senderos.awswa.com/Spain/via_de_la_plata.htm
 
#9
senderos said:
We two are seeting off northbound from Sevilla in May, planning to stay in hostels for preference, but maybe we'll stay in some refugios. Should we bring sleeping bags?
Sleeping bag of some sort for warmth is most likely not necessary for summer months. It likely is for autumn and spring. It certainly is for winter.

But it is not only required for warmth but to serve as a means of isolating you from all the bunks in the albergues with bare mattresses that perhaps thousands of pilgrims before you have slept upon. Thusly, your sleeping 'bag' helps to isolate your body from further contaminating that mattress and, as such, leaving it just a little bit fresher the next evening for the next pilgrim to sleep upon. So, if its summer, and you opt not for the bag (or lightweight summer one) at least take a liner-for both yourself, as well as those who walk behind you! There are some excellent silk one that are a great compromise. Design Salt, comes to mind, from Germany, I believe. But there is another manufacturer in New Zealand that I prefer as it is cut fuller.
 

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#10
some have glibly said you dont need a sleeping bag in summer.i think its better to check what the weather has actually been like rather than go by a calendar.im in souther france,its mid july and just finished raining_again and its about &( degrees
so far since le puy i have days of a max in the mid teens
the hostels provide one blanket and if its full you cant pinch one off another bed
check the weather not the calendar
 
#12
We just got back from the last 250km of the VdlP and I would say a sleeping bag is a must. Not only does it provide a layer between you and the mattresses, but at some of the higher elevations it got quite chilly at night. One morning we woke and were "blowing smoke" with our breath inside the albergue! That was unusual, but the bag was well worth it. So at least go with a liner, even in summer.

Steve S
 

lynnejohn

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#13
I used a Marmot (0F/0C) bag on the VDLP and it was adequate for, welllll.... 9 out of ten nights. The one night out of ten I had to sleep with all my clothes on. But it only weighed 596 gm. So in this case, less is more, because you're already carrying your clothes, right?

Peace.

lynne
 

KiwiNomad06

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#14
omar504 said:
i think its better to check what the weather has actually been like rather than go by a calendar.im in souther france,its mid july and just finished raining_again and its about &( degrees
so far since le puy i have days of a max in the mid teens
Good to hear from you omar! I have been watching the French weather sites for several months- in Le Puy, Cahors, and St Jean- and I have noticed there have been a surprising number of wet days. I am hoping it will be a drier year again next year!!!!
All the best for your continued walking.
A Kiwi
 

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