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Sleeping pad?

Ullamae

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2021
I am starting the Camino Mozárabe from Almería on March 12. Do I need to bring a sleeping pad?
 
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Lavdrum

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Plata-2015/Portugues 2016/Norte(Irún>Avilés) July 2017/Francés Oct.2017/Salvador-Primitivo July 2018
Hi,
I walked from Almería to Merida in Oct. 2018. I just took a light sleeping bag which I didn’t use on a number of occasions as sheets/blankets were available. I stayed wherever possible in municipal Albergues but this is not always possible. I see no need for a sleeping pad as you will always find accommodation-the maximum I paid was €25 when no municipal albergue was available. In Granada and Córdoba it was slightly more expensive. The municipal albergues were usually quite comfortable, they rarely had Hospitaleros, a lot of them are donations otherwise I paid €5 to €10.On occasions you get the key from the policía local or there will be a number on the albergue door to call-hence the need for some basic Spanish! The Camino is quite well marked but the preponderance of olive plantations as far as Córdoba can be a bit monotonous. There were about 4/5 other peregrinos doing the same stages as I was so no bed races. Buen Camino!
 

apoivre

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Mozárabe de Almería in March 2019
Oh my. I'm starting from Santa Fe de Mondújar on the 13th so we'll probably bump into each other sooner or later.
 
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Ullamae

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2021
Thanks! Some time ago I read a post that said that they had slept in churches and schools, also, judging by pictures I've seen, quite a few people on the Mozárabe seem to be carrying one so I thought I would need one. This saves me a lot of weight 🙂
 

Bradypus

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Too many and too often!
If, once you've started out, you decide you need to get one you should find a wide variety that have been left behind at refugios to choose from.
I walked the Mozarabe branch from Malaga to Mérida within the past month. It is not at all like the Camino Frances these days: very few people walk the Mozarabe and they generally do not leave their junk behind in the albergues ;) If you think you will need something then either bring it with you or buy it in one of the larger towns. Not a route where you can just assume that there will be other pilgrims around to help out or that there will be food, water, shelter or the rest of life's little luxuries every hour or two. Some long empty stages that need forethought. I carried a bivvy bag and self-inflating mat to give myself the option of breaking up some of the longer stages. In the end I only used the mat during a long overnight stopover at Madrid airport. Even so I liked having the option to sleep outdoors comfortably and would take the same gear again. The flexibility it gave me was worth the fairly small extra weight.
 

Ullamae

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Past OR future Camino
2021
I don't know who moved this to a different forum? This question was specific to the Camino Mozárabe. I have walked other caminos and never brought a sleeping pad, but posts and pics from the Mozárabe made me think this camino might be different.
 

Jeff Crawley

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A "Tourigrino" trip once Covid has passed, so 2023
I walked the Mozarabe branch from Malaga to Mérida within the past month. It is not at all like the Camino Frances these days: very few people walk the Mozarabe and they generally do not leave their junk behind in the albergues ;) If you think you will need something then either bring it with you or buy it in one of the larger towns. Not a route where you can just assume that there will be other pilgrims around to help out or that there will be food, water, shelter or the rest of life's little luxuries every hour or two. Some long empty stages that need forethought. I carried a bivvy bag and self-inflating mat to give myself the option of breaking up some of the longer stages. In the end I only used the mat during a long overnight stopover at Madrid airport. Even so I liked having the option to sleep outdoors comfortably and would take the same gear again. The flexibility it gave me was worth the fairly small extra weight.
Touché. I forgot about the roads less traveled! It is in the "All Routes" section though <blushes>
 
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Ullamae

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2021
I walked the Mozarabe branch from Malaga to Mérida within the past month. It is not at all like the Camino Frances these days: very few people walk the Mozarabe and they generally do not leave their junk behind in the albergues ;) If you think you will need something then either bring it with you or buy it in one of the larger towns. Not a route where you can just assume that there will be other pilgrims around to help out or that there will be food, water, shelter or the rest of life's little luxuries every hour or two. Some long empty stages that need forethought. I carried a bivvy bag and self-inflating mat to give myself the option of breaking up some of the longer stages. In the end I only used the mat during a long overnight stopover at Madrid airport. Even so I liked having the option to sleep outdoors comfortably and would take the same gear again. The flexibility it gave me was worth the fairly small extra weight.
That's exactly what I was thinking and wanting to know about!
 

apoivre

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Mozárabe de Almería in March 2019
I'm a rather slow walker, so I may not catch up! I hope to see other pilgrims every now and then, though =)

Oh, you should pass Santa Fe on the 13th so we'll probably bump into each other the very first day. I'll make sure to say 'Hi'.
 
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