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graham83

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Hey,

I'm taking off in March 2010 for my first pilgrimage ever, going this one solo as well. As im sure everyone was at this stage I have a few questions.

1. What is the best info book or guide book with general and accommodation info?

2. I'll need to ship my bag ahead to Spain, any recommendations as to method or company to hold the bag safely and cheaply?

3. As I am expecting poor weather, what are some advice from the pros for dealing with the wet and cold?

4. Ive been hearing a variety of costs during the hike. What is the best guess on how much one will spend per day? (30 Euros is what i heard was average)

I'm sure there will be more questions to come, but that will do for now.

Cheers,
Graham

Victoria, BC, Canada
 
Hello there, Graham, and welcome to the Forum!

There are many sections in this Forum that can answer some of the questions you've posted. We have a few members that are very knowledgeable on the matters of the Camino and I'm certain that they will help out with your queries. Keep researching and gathering information!

!Buen Camino! :arrow:
 

Joni

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Walked in May 2010.
hi Graham,
I'm thinking of doing the walk in the Spring as well. I am from Southern California, US. Just down the road from you lol. It will be my first walk as well. Where are you starting from?
 

William Marques

Moderator
Staff member
graham83 said:
Hey,

I'm taking off in March 2010 for my first pilgrimage ever, going this one solo as well. As I'm sure everyone was at this stage I have a few questions.

1. What is the best info book or guide book with general and accommodation info?

2. I'll need to ship my bag ahead to Spain, any recommendations as to method or company to hold the bag safely and cheaply?

3. As I am expecting poor weather, what are some advice from the pros for dealing with the wet and cold?

4. Ive been hearing a variety of costs during the hike. What is the best guess on how much one will spend per day? (30 Euros is what i heard was average)

I'm sure there will be more questions to come, but that will do for now.

Cheers,
Graham

Victoria, BC, Canada

1 Generally if you are only taking one guide book the Brierley one is the best, personally I would take his map and the CSJ guide but that's just me.

2 If you are shipping stuff you want after the journey Ivar the administrator of this site will hold it for you - see elsewhere.

3 I am surprised at a Canadian asking us how to deal with cold weather! I would say in March the mountains could still be dangerous on the other hand you may be lucky and have sun all the way. You do not have to walk the same distance every day and if the weather is particularly bad shorten your day. When crossing the Pyrenees take the advice of the locals and if they say use the road route follow it. Layers are the best way of dealing with the cold and wet, so get a rain proof shell or poncho and then use fleece or wool if you prefer under it.

4 30 Euro is a very basic cost not leaving you much spare room in your budget in case you get some illness or foot problem and have to stay in a hostel/hotel a few days to get over it. I find it better to budget a little higher and have something in hand in case of problems.

Buen Camino

William
 
I'm glad I came upon this particular post. I plan on starting in March too. I've been searching but cannot find anything on the weather from SJPdP to Roncevalles in mid to late March. any suggestions?

Barry
 

KiwiNomad06

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Le Puy-Santiago(2008) Cluny-Conques+prt CF(2012)
BHfmSanDiego said:
I'm glad I came upon this particular post. I plan on starting in March too. I've been searching but cannot find anything on the weather from SJPdP to Roncevalles in mid to late March. any suggestions? Barry
Sil has just put a post up on her blog re winter walking, http://amawalker.blogspot.com/2009/10/walking-in-winter.html and she has quite a few quotes on it from people describing conditions in March- April. You might be surprised at how bad some of them could be!!! She also quotes Rebekah from Moratinos who had this to say:
"Truth is, anyone who takes the route from Roncesvalles before May is running the risk of slogging through puddles and mud, snow or rain. I did it in April, and had ankle-deep mud to contend with, as well as driving rain."

I'm not trying to put you off: people do the Camino in winter/early spring and love it. But you may as well be realistic about some of the conditions you might encounter!!! :D
Buen Camino
Margaret
 
Thanks Margaret, this is the kind of information I'm seeking. I don't want my Camino to turn into some kind of winter endurance expedition. I figured the best info I could get would be from those that have experienced it.
 

nellpilgrim

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SDC-Fisterra 08/Camino Frances SJPP to SDC 09/Nuremburg-SDC 11- ongoing
Hi there,
We walked in the Route Napoleon in early April this year we got up to the Cruceiro turn off but the snow was too heavy and, on the advice of a shepherd bringing some sheep and two benighted pilgrims off the mountain, we turned and descended back down to the valley on the Arneguy rd. So we ended up trudging up the valley route in rain/sleet/snow after all which was..... 'character building'!
I must say I have nothing but the fondest memories of Roncevalles and arriving there safe and sound felt like paradise.
Give it a lash but take on board any local advice. If the weather is tricky try to pair up with another pilgrim in SJPP so you can make sure that you have both 'checked in' on the other side.
Bonne route
Nell
 

Tia Valeria

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Pt Norte/Pmtvo 2010
C. Inglés 2011
C. Primitivo '12
Norte-C. de la Reina '13
C. do Mar-C. Inglés '15
graham83 said:
Hey,
I'm taking off in March 2010 for my first pilgrimage ever, .........
Welcome Graham. You do not say which route you are thinking of following. Presume it is the Francés.
Terry walked the Norte from Santander, starting in late April this year, and there was still snow low down on the mountains west of Santander until into May. It cleared in time for him to follow the Primitivo, otherwise he would have continued on the Norte for safety.
Buen Camino and safe walking where-ever you start from
Tio Tel and Tia Valeria
 

graham83

New Member
Thanks everyone for all your information! I'm going to be taking the Frances route starting form St Jean PdP.
Looking at my dates, I'm thinking about pushing things back to late march start date or even very early April. I'll try my luck for some snow at the start and some sunshine at the end!

I'll be coming from a few weeks of boarding in the Alps before this hike so hopefully i'll be used to the snow!

Ciao
Graham
 

sillydoll

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2002 CF: 2004 from Paris: 2006 VF: 2007 CF: 2009 Aragones, Ingles, Finisterre: 2011 X 2 on CF: 2013 'Caracoles': 2014 CF and Ingles 'Caracoles":2015 Logrono-Burgos (Hospitalero San Anton): 2016 La Douay to Aosta/San Gimignano to Rome:
You'll be crossing three mountain ranges and could find snow in all the high places, especially at Foncebadon and O Cebreiro so don't post your winter woolies ahead once you leave the Pyrenees!
A South African pilgrim walked from 8th April and encountered snow from Pamplona.
You might have the best weather in the beginning. This year a pilgrim started in March and had 18 straight days of sunshine (and then snow, rain, wind and mud towards the end).
The weather is the one thing you can't be sure of but if you take safety precautions and have suitable clothing you'll be OK.
Sil

PS: Are you taking your snowboard? That could be fun!
 

graham83

New Member
I will be bringing my snowboard overseas but not on the Camino. I'll probably lock it up at the airport somewhere or ship it home. it would make the decent from the mountains easy! lol
 

fiddletree

Active Member
Fleece hat, gloves, and jacket.

Waterproof boots

With regards to rain: you REALLY are gonna want one of those long ponchos that covers your pack, and has long sleeves. I started with a lightweight rain jacket, and that was my biggest packing mistake. Ended up buying a long poncho and it saved me from being wet and cold :)

I kept track of what I spent every day on the camino (this was back in spring 2007), and most days I spent 10-15 euros. I'd say 13 euros is the average. It really depends on how much you eat, and how often you eat out as opposed to making food yourself. I can't possibly imagine how it is even *possible* to spend 30 euros a day unless you stay in casa rurals or hotels every night.

Costs (again, from 2007): Alburgue, about 5 euros a night. Cafe con leche, about a euro, probably less. bocadillo (best thing for lunch!) is 2-3 euros. Pilgrim menu is usually about 7 euros. You can find food in a grocery store/market to make dinner for several people for under a euro each if you want.
 

Volpoon

New Member
On 20th April 2008, I met some people in Los Arcos who had crossed the Pyrenees a few days before and had come across two American pilgrims in a snowstorm, right up at the top near the Spanish border. The woman had slipped and broken her leg and the guy was just clutching onto her. They were completely panic stricken, ill prepared, freezing and had to be rescued. The Route Napoleon is a high and quite remote way if the weather turns bad. The weather along the lower stretches was very pleasant with some quite warm days from Pamplona to Burgos at that time (end of April).
 

skilsaw

Veteran Member
I started the Camino Frances in SJPP during the first week of April in 2004.
The weather forcast was for snow, and the recommendation from the Camino Office in SJPP was to take the route through Valcarlos, otherwise called "The road" (but it is not all road) It is the same distance to Roncesvalles, but more sheltered by trees and slightly lower elevation.

My recommendation is follow the advice from the Camino Office.
They'll give you a weather forecast when you check in and get your first stamp on your credincial.

David, Victoria, Canada
 

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