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Starting the Camino Primitivo on the 24th October 2019. Do I cary a sleeping bag or an ultra light liner bag ?

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Dear all,

I will be walking the camino primitivo late October / begining of November 2019.

I am not sure if I should cary only an ultra light liner instead of a sleeping bag. Do all albergues provide blankets?

By carrying only a liner I will save 400gms of weight.

Could anyone with experience of this route help me to decide?

Thank you and kind regards,
Ray Aquilina
 
For me, it's actually the bulk of the sleeping bag rather than weight that makes be bring the liner - I'd be relying on blankets if staying in albergues but could supplement with thermals if needed - closer to the date you can get a better idea on probable low temperatures
 

Thomas1962

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2010: Porto - SdC - Finisterra 2011: E4 on Crete 2012: Le Puy - SJPdP 2013: Camino Madrid -> Del Salvador -> Primitivo 2014: European Peace Walk. 2015: Amsterdam - SdC & Barcelona -Burgos. 2016:Norte & hospitalero
By the end of your camino some albergues might be closed which means you need to go to municipals/xunta albergues. In these albergues there are often no blankets, and sometimes also no heating.
I would take a good sleeping bag.
When I did the Portugese in november/december two years ago, I also took extra long underwears which I was wearing every day after the shower. I was very happy with that.
 
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Thank you for your feedback .. The reason for this is that prior to the Primitivo I will be walking the Mozarabe where I am sure one can do with only a liner ...However I think I will take the sleeping bag...last year I was on the Sanabres after the VDLP the same time of the year and it was very cold. Most albergues had blankets but a few one offs did not ..so better no risk. it can be very unconfortable. I normally take a base layer as well that helps..thanks once more.
Ray
 

Roland49

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CF 2019 June/July/August
Hello fellow pilgrim,

I walked the camino in July and had a silk Liner instead of a proper sleeping bag.

2 times I woke up in the night, b/c it was very cold. In Burgos we had 34°C on the midday and on the next morning we got temperature around 7°C with wide open windows in the albergue (no Spaniards around).
No blankets and no heating, we were in mid summer, eh?

If I would go in late fall like you, I would take a good sleeping bag with me. OK, it is more bulky and a little bit heavier. But who cares, if you are shivering all night long?
 

Felizald

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Primitivo
I agree with the previous posters, take a sleeping bag. You don't want to have a bad night sleep because of cold weather, despite there's "natural human heating" generated in communal dorms. I walked the Primitivo the second half of August and there were blankets at all the albergues (municipals and private) but as it gets colder there may not be enough for everybody. And some of the private albergues, as mentioned above, will be closed.
 
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Thank you very much for all your your good advices.

I will certainly carry the sleeping bag as I do not want to spend sleepless nights. Its very important that one gets a good sleep for the next day.

Hope to be able to post during the coming camino.

Thanks and regards,
Ray
 

Kanga

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Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese, Primitivo
My only experience of the Primitivo was in spring, and it was FREEZING. I'd have died without a sleeping bag. Two weeks before I arrived, they'd had a heat wave. Unpredictable mountain weather.
 

Robo

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Just curious for those who recommend a sleeping bag, what temp range bag do you take?
I have a very light one 389 gms and 8-10 degrees C rating. As yet untested.
 

Kanga

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Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese, Primitivo
@Robo I use a hiking quilt (similar rating to yours) -inside a silk sleeping bag liner.

Last time I took a Costco down throw (which cost all of $35), and it was fine too. I slightly prefer the quilt because the cover feels less slippery.
 

Thomas1962

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2010: Porto - SdC - Finisterra 2011: E4 on Crete 2012: Le Puy - SJPdP 2013: Camino Madrid -> Del Salvador -> Primitivo 2014: European Peace Walk. 2015: Amsterdam - SdC & Barcelona -Burgos. 2016:Norte & hospitalero
Just curious for those who recommend a sleeping bag, what temp range bag do you take?
I have a very light one 389 gms and 8-10 degrees C rating. As yet untested.
I would say anything is fine, but opinions about this will differ. If it would be too cold you can always wear some extra clothes and/or put your jacket on top of the sleeping bag. And if it seems like freezing the first night, buy something cheap in Grado!
 

MarkyD

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Dear all,

I will be walking the camino primitivo late October / begining of November 2019.

I am not sure if I should cary only an ultra light liner instead of a sleeping bag. Do all albergues provide blankets?

By carrying only a liner I will save 400gms of weight.

Could anyone with experience of this route help me to decide?

Thank you and kind regards,
Ray Aquilina
Definitely a sleeping bag - as lightweight and compact as you can get. Merino wool long sleeve top will keep you snug, and you can wear it in the daytime walking if it's cold. You can't rely on albergues to have enough or any blankets.
 
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davebugg

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Camino Ingles (2019)
Dear all,

I will be walking the camino primitivo late October / begining of November 2019.

I am not sure if I should cary only an ultra light liner instead of a sleeping bag. Do all albergues provide blankets?

By carrying only a liner I will save 400gms of weight.

Could anyone with experience of this route help me to decide?

Thank you and kind regards,
Ray Aquilina
For temps above 3.5 c, I use a backpacking sleeping quilt that weighs 312 grams. There are a number of inexpensive products like this that will give a lightweight and flexible sleep system.
 

Beeman

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Primitivo,2017,Argonne and salvador,sept.2019
Dear all,

I will be walking the camino primitivo late October / begining of November 2019.

I am not sure if I should cary only an ultra light liner instead of a sleeping bag. Do all albergues provide blankets?

By carrying only a liner I will save 400gms of weight.

Could anyone with experience of this route help me to decide?

Thank you and kind regards,
Ray Aquilina
I walked in 17 with only a liner. Walked to lugo and took the camino verde.walked in early september and was cold every night. Never saw a blanket until biomorto(for r ent. In oct.,,take a bag. I have one that is small and light. I am on the salvador right now and the low tonight in poladura will be 46
 

dougfitz

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Spain: Mar 2010, Apr 2014, May/Jun 2016. Norway/Sweden: 2012, 2018. Other: 2011 (2019)
Just curious for those who recommend a sleeping bag, what temp range bag do you take?
I have a very light one 389 gms and 8-10 degrees C rating. As yet untested.
In Spain, I have used a 5 degC bag. I don't sleep well in mummy bags, which means using slightly heavier rectangular or semi-rectangular bags. Last year, for Norway, I bit the bullet, and bought a -1 degC bag that is somewhat more mummy shaped, but not so tight that I wasn't able to move my legs. I don't think that level of warmth is needed on the Camino, except perhaps in winter.

I also think the bag you have will probably be fine for spring/summer/autumn in albergues. It will always be possible to wear more if you are facing a really cold night in an unheated albergue. And blankets appear to be more readily available than they perhaps might have been, although there are mixed message on that score.
 

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