We will be walking from A Guarda to Santiago in about a month starting on Nov. 22. We are trying to decide whether or not to take our poles. We do not want to check our packs if we do not have to. I have looked at the elevation profiles on Gronze and while there seems to be some ups and downs between Redondela and Ponteveda, and long uphill to Santiago de Comopostela this route seems to be relatively level following the coast. I have to use poles here at home due to sharp ups and downs on gravel shoulders, but not on the flat areas. I am concerned that I may need them if the weather is very wet. Sometimes my toes just seem to find the one crack, and I am face down on the road.