• Click to join the Casa Ivar mailing List
    (separate from the forum emails). This includes new videos created on YouTube and new prodcts on the Camino Forum Store. (Click the small "X" on the top right corner to remove this message)

Search 58,412 Camino Questions

A donation to the forum removes ads for you, and supports Ivar in his work running it


Advertisement
Camino Cups
Browse our selection of Camino Cups on the forum store
Camino Maps
A collection of Camino Maps from the Camino Forum Store

walking sticks

moonwood

New Member
I like the idea of finding a lovely piece of wood at the beginning of the Camino to use as a walking stick. But what are the chances of this? Maybe everyone entertains this idea and all sticks are found at the end of the Camino!!!. Otherwise, would I be better off puchasing a telescoping walking stick from a travel shop in Paris or even SJPP?
Renata
 
Peaceable Projects Inc.
Peaceable Projects Inc. is a U.S.-based non-profit group that brings the vast resources of the wide world together with the ongoing needs of the people who live, work, and travel on the Camino de Santiago pilgrim trail network in Spain.
Learn how to Get "Camino Ready " 2nd Edition. In English, Spanish, German and Korean

sillydoll

Veteran Member
Past OR future Camino
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:
Sticks and Compass

Hello Renata,
You won't ned a compass on the camino. Just follow the flechas amarillo -yellow arrows - forever westward to Santiago. In the early 1980's a priest of the parish of Santa Maria La Real in O’Cebreiro - Don Elias Valina Sampedro - begged some yellow paint from the Roads Department and started painting yellow arrows across the Camino Frances to help pilgrims find their way.
“In the 1970’s there survived only a remote memory of the Jacobean pilgrimage” he wrote in one of his books. (In 1972 only 6 pilgrims were awarded the Compostela.)

As for a stick - if you start in St Jean you will find over a dozen souvenir shops selling sticks of every description. have a look at page 2 of the photos section of this forum where you will find a picture of sticks for sale.
 

moonwood

New Member
sticks and compasses

Thanks Sil,
Interesting and unique looking sticks. I sort of like the idea of simply 'finding' one at the beginning of the trail. A bit of tree from the trail. But these handmade ones look quite special too.

As for the compass, I have read many equipment lists recommend a compass. Is it easy to know when one is going westward? And is it therefore difficult to get lost with the yellow markings. Most of the popular books I've read by pilgrims write of getting lost at least once, going round in circles.
Renata
 

sillydoll

Veteran Member
Past OR future Camino
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:
Compass

If you feel safer with one, a compass is such a small thing that it won't add much to your weight.
I think that the only way you could get lost is if you are so deep into your own thoughts - which happens all the time! - that you miss a yellow arrow.
Don't rely on it more than the path though. If the path takes a slight detour south to circumvent a private property or highway and your compass shows that you are not going west you might get yourself lost!
Most days you can see other pilgrims ahead of you as well.
I recall feeling sense of panic when I hadn't seen a yellow flash or spot of paint for a while. And then you see a boulder or tree with a dab of yellow on it and you feel so relieved! Those flechas will be your best friends and guiding lights.
 

moonwood

New Member
reassured

That sounds good.....I'm reassured. Better without a compass I think. I can see that it may be distracting, and it sounds as though the yellow markings are reliable. Thanks Sil
 
2022 Camino Guides
The 2022 Camino guides will be coming out little by little, most of them by the end of 2021. Here is a collection of the ones that are out so far.
Fine art photography from the Camino Ways.

Jupp

New Member
Hello Renata,

We are a belgian couple around the 60 and walked the Camino last September, and had the same problem when starting: no stick, one stick or two ? Finally we purchased a pair of telescopic sticks, and walked each with his stick. We can only advise you to buy one, it helps in many situations, and you can always fasten it on your rucksack, it's very light. No need for compass, more important is the choice and weight of your luggage, maximum 8 kgs.
Buen Camino, Jupp
 
Past OR future Camino
Frances, Jul-Aug 05, Frances, Jul-Aug 06, Portugues, Oct 2010
On both of my Caminos I trusted that I'd find my stick en-route. Both times I found fantastic walking sticks within hours of starting.

Last year I carved patterns in my stick and got quite attached to it. Other posters on here have said how they bond with their stick and are upset to leave it behind.
 

Athena

Member
I found that the right stick presented itself when I needed it. Early on I found a lighter stick that served the earlier landscape of the camino portugues, but then changed to a heavier one for the hills in and around Arcade.

Finding a stick is part of the adventure/process, in my opinion.
 

moonwood

New Member
Thanks for replies. Good to hear that with all the numbers of pilgrims, there are still some old sticks laying about. Yes, I could see how one would bond with their stick, a strange companion on this journey. Good advice to trust that I will find 'my' stick.
Renata
 

jbgreer

New Member
moonwood said:
I like the idea of finding a lovely piece of wood at the beginning of the Camino to use as a walking stick. But what are the chances of this? Maybe everyone entertains this idea and all sticks are found at the end of the Camino!!!. Otherwise, would I be better off puchasing a telescoping walking stick from a travel shop in Paris or even SJPP?
Renata

I'll echo a few others and say that finding the right walking stick can be part of the journey, too. I found one fairly early on, but then, days later, happened upon my 'real' stick and realized, at the same time, that I'd actually picked up a good walking stick for my wife.

As for a compass - they're small and fairly cheap. If it will make you feel more comfortable, take one. I don't think you'll need it - West will be obvious enough. Besides, you'll be swimming in an ocean of friends who will gladly show you the way.
 
Create your own ad
€1,-/day will present your project to thousands of visitors each day. All interested in the Camino de Santiago.
Donation to the Forum
A donation to this forum helps it continue to exists and also removes all ads for you.

Did not find what you were looking for? Search here

Popular Resources

“All” Albergues on the Camino Frances in one pdf ivar
  • Featured
“All” Albergues on the Camino Frances in one pdf
4.95 star(s) 101 ratings
Downloads
15,265
Updated
A selection of favorite albergues on the Camino Francés Ton van Tilburg
Favorite Albergues along the Camino Frances
4.83 star(s) 35 ratings
Downloads
7,930
Updated
Profile maps of all 34 stages of the Camino Frances ivar
Profile maps of all 34 stages of the Camino Frances
4.88 star(s) 24 ratings
Downloads
7,728
Updated

Forum Rules

Forum Rules

Camino Updates on YouTube

Camino Conversations

Most downloaded Resources

Top