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Starting from St Jean Pied de Port on August 23rd. Advice?

Jpollhein

Two Texas Travelers, CF 8-23-19 to ?
Camino(s) past & future
8-23-19 our first one
We are 13 days from departing the US for Paris and then on to St Jean Pied de Port where we will step off on the Route de Napoleon on Friday, August 23rd. We will be taking our time, as we have given ourselves 55 days and have no return date in mind (or ticket home booked!). It would seem to be good timing. Has anyone walked the CF at this time of year? Advice for first timers?
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
We are 13 days from departing the US for Paris and then on to St Jean Pied de Port where we will step off on the Route de Napoleon on Friday, August 23rd. We will be taking our time, as we have given ourselves 55 days and have no return date in mind (or ticket home booked!). It would seem to be good timing. Has anyone walked the CF at this time of year? Advice for first timers?
I started on the August 21st in 2016 - be prepared for hot weather! It's a good time to start because it may be hot at the beginning, but temperatures should cool down as you get farther into September. Also, you will be ahead of the throngs of pilgrims who start from St Jean in September. Since you have plenty of time, I would suggest booking the first night at Orisson. It will break up the long climb over the Pyrenees (don't worry, it's not technically difficult, but it is a lot of uphill!). It will also give you more time to enjoy the Pyrenees, which are gorgeous, and you will meet many other pilgrims who you will likely see for the next several weeks. If you want to stay at Orisson it is important to book it as soon as possible, as they only have 28 beds.

 

Jpollhein

Two Texas Travelers, CF 8-23-19 to ?
Camino(s) past & future
8-23-19 our first one
I started on the August 21st in 2016 - be prepared for hot weather! It's a good time to start because it may be hot at the beginning, but temperatures should cool down as you get farther into September. Also, you will be ahead of the throngs of pilgrims who start from St Jean in September. Since you have plenty of time, I would suggest booking the first night at Orisson. It will break up the long climb over the Pyrenees (don't worry, it's not technically difficult, but it is a lot of uphill!). It will also give you more time to enjoy the Pyrenees, which are gorgeous, and you will meet many other pilgrims who you will likely see for the next several weeks. If you want to stay at Orisson it is important to book it as soon as possible, as they only have 28 beds.

Great minds think alike! I have already booked the first night in Orisson for the same reasons you mention. Thank you so much for the advice.
 

trecile

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Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
Great minds think alike! I have already booked the first night in Orisson for the same reasons you mention. Thank you so much for the advice.
I forgot to say - Enjoy and Buen Camino!
 
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Us:Camino Frances, 2015 Me:Catalan/Aragonese, 2019
It will also give you more time to enjoy the Pyrenees, which are gorgeous, and you will meet many other pilgrims who you will likely see for the next several weeks.
In 2015 Peg and I took 58 days to go from SJPdP to SdC (48 walking days, 2 tourist days, 8 recovery/rest days). There were fellow pilgrims we met over a few days but none that we saw over one week. One of the problems of being slow.
 

bikerkvw

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, Inglish, Camino de la Plata. Future Camino Francis
We are 13 days from departing the US for Paris and then on to St Jean Pied de Port where we will step off on the Route de Napoleon on Friday, August 23rd. We will be taking our time, as we have given ourselves 55 days and have no return date in mind (or ticket home booked!). It would seem to be good timing. Has anyone walked the CF at this time of year? Advice for first timers?
I begin the France last next week. I am taking 60 days to walk it. The reality is now beginning to set in. Buen Camino.
 

easygoing

Camino Sharon
Camino(s) past & future
I have walked the Camino Francis 7 times, twice in 2017 and 2018. (2019)
Late August through October are my favorite months to hike because the weather, except for an occasional hot day, is great and less rain over all.
Over my 8 Camino's I've gone so fast and long I seldom seen the same people again after the first few days and when I have taken shorter days I have seen more people regularly. However, each trip there is always great company and I have had wonderful conversation with people I just met and didn't see again.
My advice is to relax and enjoy each day, stopping when tired or if a great view. Buen Camino.
 

tpmchugh

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2013)
Camino Frances (2015)
Camino Frances (2016)
Camino Frances (2018}
We are 13 days from departing the US for Paris and then on to St Jean Pied de Port where we will step off on the Route de Napoleon on Friday, August 23rd. We will be taking our time, as we have given ourselves 55 days and have no return date in mind (or ticket home booked!). It would seem to be good timing. Has anyone walked the CF at this time of year? Advice for first timers?
Yes, walked at this time twice. First time the weather was just right but second time, it was hotter than July so be prepared, it can be very hot. My biggest problem was the early mornings. I like to start between 6:30 and 7. By the time you get into mid September, it will be quite dark at that time and every morning is darker to the point where it can still be darkish at 8:30. Bring a head torch if you plan to start early. The evenings will get a little cooler towards the end of September and into October but I still did not need a sleeping bag. A fleece liner was good enough. The early mornings in the hills can also be a bit cooler but a microgrid fleece kept me warm until the sun came up. Buen Camino
 

Susan Momo

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
First Timer! August 2019 Camino Frances
Thanks for asking this! I’ll be starting one day behind you, so I’m sure we’ll cross paths! I’m also staying at Orrison, but then a bit offstage. Buen Camino
 

Ian Afloat

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF July 25th 2017 from SJPDP
The climb to Orisson is tough. If it looks like being a hot day take plenty of water. The first time I did it I inhaled about 2 litres of water in an attempt to replace the water I was sweating!
 

fionavar1

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (Aug/Sept 2019)
Great minds think alike! I have already booked the first night in Orisson for the same reasons you mention. Thank you so much for the advice.
I am starting on Aug 23 from SJPdP, and have also booked into Orisson, so I'm sure we'll bump into each other! I only land in France the day before from Australia, so thought I'd take it easy to start with.
 

jrenner

camino Frances SEPT 18
Camino(s) past & future
CF, Sept - Oct (2018)
water, water, water - your gonna love this stuff.
lightweight, breathable trailrunners, hiking poles.
those first days will test your mettle for endurance, either uphill or down.
take the days slow and steady until the heat changes your understanding of how to hike each day.
Buen Camino!
 

strangecreature

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, (September/October 2019)
Hi Guys, I’m starting 10 days behind you but I’ve only got 45 days to finish so at some point our paths will cross along the way. Hope we see each other somewhere along the road. Buen Camino!
 

JaWie

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
CPI und Finisterre 2018, plan to do combo of Vasco/Frances/Salvador/Primitive Aug 19 to Oct 19
Hi, I' m starting at SJPDP in the 23. too. Unfortunately I couldn't get a bed at Orisson so I'm thinking about taking the Valcarlos route and spending a night there (don't want to taxi forth and back) to split the first day. Maybe we will meet day 2 or 3 :)
 

domigee

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Camino(s) past & future
2020? Looks like.... nowhere! 😁
Hi, I' m starting at SJPDP in the 23. too. Unfortunately I couldn't get a bed at Orisson so I'm thinking about taking the Valcarlos route and spending a night there (don't want to taxi forth and back) to split the first day.
I know people on this forum rave about Orisson but.... I wouldn’t worry if you couldn’t book there. The worst (ie steepest) part is the 8km from St Jean to Orisson, after that it is much easier and - imo - very do-able even if you aren’t used to hiking or very fit...
The key - again, only my opinion! - is to take it slowly, at your pace and NOT carry the kitchen sink with you! 😉
 

JaWie

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
CPI und Finisterre 2018, plan to do combo of Vasco/Frances/Salvador/Primitive Aug 19 to Oct 19
I know people on this forum rave about Orisson but.... I wouldn’t worry if you couldn’t book there.(....)
The key - again, only my opinion! - is to take it slowly, at your pace and NOT carry the kitchen sink with you! 😉
Thank you for your advice! I thought a lot about just "trying to make it" to Roncesvalles day 1. For my Camino last year I trained quite a bit and was still happy I decided to split the first 2 days into 3 portions to ease into it. This year I carry less stuff, smaller backpack but I hadn't time to take more than a few walks to test my gear. And the next 2 weeks will have a lot more for me on the plate so I decided to take my time.
 

nick_elcamnino

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
El camino del norte starting from Lourdes from late August 2019
Hey everyone, I'm new here and I'm planning to start el camino from either Lourdes or SJPdP from late August to then join El Camino del Norte. I've been suggested to start from Lourdes to get more of the Pyrenees. Would you agree with that, is it worthy?
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2019
CF 2020
Yes, walked at this time twice. First time the weather was just right but second time, it was hotter than July so be prepared, it can be very hot. My biggest problem was the early mornings. I like to start between 6:30 and 7. By the time you get into mid September, it will be quite dark at that time and every morning is darker to the point where it can still be darkish at 8:30. Bring a head torch if you plan to start early. The evenings will get a little cooler towards the end of September and into October but I still did not need a sleeping bag. A fleece liner was good enough. The early mornings in the hills can also be a bit cooler but a microgrid fleece kept me warm until the sun came up. Buen Camino
Great information Pilgrim, thanks a mil.
 

josephmcclain

Active Member
We are 13 days from departing the US for Paris and then on to St Jean Pied de Port where we will step off on the Route de Napoleon on Friday, August 23rd. We will be taking our time, as we have given ourselves 55 days and have no return date in mind (or ticket home booked!). It would seem to be good timing. Has anyone walked the CF at this time of year? Advice for first timers?
Highly recommend getting reservations at Beilari in St Jean. Great way to start the Camino. Www.beilari.info
 

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