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Weather next week... should I change my plans?

Camino(s) past & future
(2018) Plan is to walk 1/2 this year and the other half next year.
#1
I'm supposed to start hiking my frist camino on Sunday, the 16th of this month and have a reservation in Orrison for that night. However I just checked out the weather and see that it's supposed to be storms with thunder and lightening (all week...). I can't change my flight reservations, so I will be there, walking in some pretty lousy conditions.
I am thinking I should probably scrap my plans for Orrison and walk the safer Valcarlos route to Roncesvalles. I hadn't planned on this at all of course. Looking at the extended forecast, I'm wondering if I should I add an extra thermal top to my pack and a 2nd pair of pants?
I was planning on bringing one merino base layer (top and bottom), 2 poly t shirts, a pair of REI hiking leggings, and some zip off short/pants).
I have a gore tex rain coat, REI rain pants, rain hat, and pair of wool gloves. Anything else I should be thinking about?
 

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March/April 2015, Late April 2016, Sept/Oct 2017
#2
If you stay at Orrison and the Napoleon Way is closed, or weather is really bad, they will drive you down to the Valcarlos route in the morning.

I walked in March/April (2015), April/May (2018), and in Sept/Oct (2017). The weather was chilly in the morning-- sometimes wet all day. Bring layers. For staying warm and dry: I had a rain jacket, fleece jacket, fleece sweater, long underwear top, camisole for the top. For the bottom half I had a pair of micro fleece lined hiking pants and a lightweight pair of zip off hiking pants/shorts, and then rain pants to pull over them if needed (wind/rain). I usually changed from the warmer pants to the lighter pair as the day warmed up. I also brought a light weight quick drying short sleeve shirt and a button up shirt with sleeves that I could roll up.

I think next time, I'll bring a poncho instead of a rain jacket and pack cover.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Future (2018)
#4
What site are you looking at for that forecast? I'm starting the 19th so I kind of have a vested interest! I notice it's lovely and sunny by Pamplona all of that week, but that's about Day 4 and sunny weather there won't help in the hills!
 

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Frances (October 3-18, 2015)
Frances w/2 Daughters (Sept 22 - Oct 20)
#7
Don't look too much at the extended forecasts!!!! Remember that it is based on algorithms for likely conditions in that time of year and this far out it does not necessarily hold true.

Both times I hiked the weather called for odd things the first day in the mountains and everything worked out fine. The second time it was wet starting out but cleared up and the most beautiful site was the clouds lifting out of the mountains. I'll never forget it. You will be with other walkers and your clothing looks fine. You can always dry things out at the end of the day if needed.

Buen Camino!!!!!
 

MeandIan

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
May2018
#8
We’re starting Friday and I’ve been noticing the weather as well. Ian said what’s your problem we’ve hiked in worse. So I’ve picked up my lip which was starting to hang because I’d rather take the cooler weather than the heat. But could be quite humid I think. And we have the layers,although I think I’m carrying too much. My bag is 6kg without water and snacks. And I’d like to take my iPad, so I’ll have to reassess
 
Camino(s) past & future
Future (2018)
#10
We’re starting Friday and I’ve been noticing the weather as well. Ian said what’s your problem we’ve hiked in worse. So I’ve picked up my lip which was starting to hang because I’d rather take the cooler weather than the heat. But could be quite humid I think. And we have the layers,although I think I’m carrying too much. My bag is 6kg without water and snacks. And I’d like to take my iPad, so I’ll have to reassess
That’s the second time I’ve done a double take when reading your comments! It’s the Ian reference. It makes me briefly look up and go huh?! What site are you using for the mountain forecasts. It doesn’t look too bad on the site I use.
 

MeandIan

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
May2018
#11
That’s the second time I’ve done a double take when reading your comments! It’s the Ian reference. It makes me briefly look up and go huh?! What site are you using for the mountain forecasts. It doesn’t look too bad on the site I use.
It’s the one on the i5. But it’s changing all the time. Usually it’s accurate. So I’ll just check on the day. There’s nothing really that can be done. We’ll just go one step at a time
 
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CF: (2001, 2002, 2004, 2014). Hospitalera: 2002, Ponferrada. 2004, Rabanal del Camino.
#12
Go.

You'll never have perfect conditions.

Just go. You'll adjust your way as time, weather, and life on the Way presents itself.

Gaiters may be a good idea to keep rain from running down you legs and into your shoes.

Buen camino.
 

Pieces

Veteran Member
#13
according to my weatherforecast I wouldnt worry, nothing torrential coming up let alone consider changing flights... just go and se how it all plays out. Let tomorrow worry about tomorrow...
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" camino
Porto to SdC May 2019
#14
I'm supposed to start hiking my frist camino on Sunday, the 16th of this month and have a reservation in Orrison for that night. However I just checked out the weather and see that it's supposed to be storms with thunder and lightening (all week...). I can't change my flight reservations, so I will be there, walking in some pretty lousy conditions.
I am thinking I should probably scrap my plans for Orrison and walk the safer Valcarlos route to Roncesvalles. I hadn't planned on this at all of course. Looking at the extended forecast, I'm wondering if I should I add an extra thermal top to my pack and a 2nd pair of pants?
I was planning on bringing one merino base layer (top and bottom), 2 poly t shirts, a pair of REI hiking leggings, and some zip off short/pants).
I have a gore tex rain coat, REI rain pants, rain hat, and pair of wool gloves. Anything else I should be thinking about?
Forecast from a local weather station at Burguete

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If it's wet on the Napoleon it will be just as wet on the Valcarlos but there's a bar in Valcarlos ;)
 

Tincatinker

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Lots ;0)
#15
I really like aemet.es Their sponsorship from Visit-Espana means that their forecasts are always really good ;0) but at least they live in Spain and can look out the window if they want to check the accuracy of their predictions.

The only time you are going to get a reasonably accurate forecast of mountain weather is the day before you climb. And you might want to check that again in the morning.
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" camino
Porto to SdC May 2019
#16
I really like aemet.es Their sponsorship from Visit-Espana means that their forecasts are always really good ;0) but at least they live in Spain and can look out the window if they want to check the accuracy of their predictions.

The only time you are going to get a reasonably accurate forecast of mountain weather is the day before you climb. And you might want to check that again in the morning.
What was the name of that lovely lady who ran the refugio in SJPP? Just before I started out I asked her what the weather was going to be (overcast with clouds) and she said a little bit of rain and then some wind so I decided to take Valcarlos. Poured down ALL DAY, everybody got soaked no matter which route they took.
 

KinkyOne

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
#17
I'm supposed to start hiking my frist camino on Sunday, the 16th of this month and have a reservation in Orrison for that night. However I just checked out the weather and see that it's supposed to be storms with thunder and lightening (all week...). I can't change my flight reservations, so I will be there, walking in some pretty lousy conditions.
I am thinking I should probably scrap my plans for Orrison and walk the safer Valcarlos route to Roncesvalles. I hadn't planned on this at all of course. Looking at the extended forecast, I'm wondering if I should I add an extra thermal top to my pack and a 2nd pair of pants?
I was planning on bringing one merino base layer (top and bottom), 2 poly t shirts, a pair of REI hiking leggings, and some zip off short/pants).
I have a gore tex rain coat, REI rain pants, rain hat, and pair of wool gloves. Anything else I should be thinking about?
Nah, change the weather ;)

Buen Camino!
 

twh

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances from SJPdP May/June, 2018
#18
Your gear sounds fine for the weather.
Don't be the tallest person when the lightning starts.
Odds for death by lightning strike 1:1,000,000
Odds for death by Traffic Accident 1:5,000
 
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
St Olav/Francés ('16)
Baztanés/Francés ('17)
Ingles ('18)
#19
You'll get wet somewhere between SJPP and Santiago, guaranteed. It comes with the Camino package. It's just a matter of getting used to it. Remember how it was as a kid when you got to go out in the rain? That attitude helps a lot.
Besides, we were all born wet.;)

So go with the flow.
Your gear is fine, and if the weather looks too gnarly for your taste, just take the right fork as you leave town.
 

peter4lc

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
St Jean to Logrono September 2018
#20
Camino(s) past & future
2035 km of the way to Saint James in Galicia done.
#21
What was the name of that lovely lady who ran the refugio in SJPP? Just before I started out I asked her what the weather was going to be (overcast with clouds) and she said a little bit of rain and then some wind so I decided to take Valcarlos. Poured down ALL DAY, everybody got soaked no matter which route they took.
In my experience, locals in general may or may not know where a path goes, or whether it's dangerous to walk, or very muddy at the moment etc but they rarely know what the weather will be like. Or they lie outright ("It has never happened that we've had 14 days of rain like now while you are staying here"). :cool:
 
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CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF Sarria to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(Apr/May 2018)
VdlP (2020)
#22
I'm supposed to start hiking my frist camino on Sunday, the 16th of this month and have a reservation in Orrison for that night. However I just checked out the weather and see that it's supposed to be storms with thunder and lightening (all week...). I can't change my flight reservations, so I will be there, walking in some pretty lousy conditions.
I am thinking I should probably scrap my plans for Orrison and walk the safer Valcarlos route to Roncesvalles. I hadn't planned on this at all of course. Looking at the extended forecast, I'm wondering if I should I add an extra thermal top to my pack and a 2nd pair of pants?
I was planning on bringing one merino base layer (top and bottom), 2 poly t shirts, a pair of REI hiking leggings, and some zip off short/pants).
I have a gore tex rain coat, REI rain pants, rain hat, and pair of wool gloves. Anything else I should be thinking about?
Doesn't look too bad.
http://www.viewweather.com/w1781825-weather-forecast-for-col_de_bentarte-spain_general_.html
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" camino
Porto to SdC May 2019
#23
In my experience, locals in general may or may not know where a path goes, or whether it's dangerous to walk, or very muddy at the moment etc but they rarely know what the weather will be like. Or they lie outright ("It has never happened that we've had 14 days of rain like now while you are staying here"). :cool:
Or "I was in Santiago for two weeks and it only rained twice. Once for six days and once for seven."
 

KinkyOne

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
#24
I am starting from SJPP on Friday. A few days ago I asked for recommendations for weather sites and was advised to try this: http://www.viewweather.com/w1781825-weather-forecast-for-col_de_bentarte-spain_general_.html . It gives the weather for Col de Bentarte but you can substitute anywhere. It looks as if it may rain during Saturday night but not on Sunday. On that basis you'll be ok, but the forecasts do change from day to day.
You may check this one too:
http://www.caminodesantiagotiempo.com/
Click/tap on the desired Camino and they choose the vilčlage either alphabetically or as they follow the route.

Buen Camino!
 
Camino(s) past & future
2017
#25
I'm supposed to start hiking my frist camino on Sunday, the 16th of this month and have a reservation in Orrison for that night. However I just checked out the weather and see that it's supposed to be storms with thunder and lightening (all week...). I can't change my flight reservations, so I will be there, walking in some pretty lousy conditions.
I am thinking I should probably scrap my plans for Orrison and walk the safer Valcarlos route to Roncesvalles. I hadn't planned on this at all of course. Looking at the extended forecast, I'm wondering if I should I add an extra thermal top to my pack and a 2nd pair of pants?
I was planning on bringing one merino base layer (top and bottom), 2 poly t shirts, a pair of REI hiking leggings, and some zip off short/pants).
I have a gore tex rain coat, REI rain pants, rain hat, and pair of wool gloves. Anything else I should be thinking about?
We stayed at Orisson in 2017 and the day was gorgeous. In the morning, started raining about 8am, then thunder, lighting, sideways rain, hail and sleet. By the time we got to just before the Spain/France border, it was just cloudy. Yes, pay attention and ask the hospitaleros at Orisson for their weather advice - and then, take their advice.
 
Camino(s) past & future
2035 km of the way to Saint James in Galicia done.
#26
We stayed at Orisson in 2017 and the day was gorgeous. In the morning, started raining about 8am, then thunder, lighting, sideways rain, hail and sleet. By the time we got to just before the Spain/France border, it was just cloudy. Yes, pay attention and ask the hospitaleros at Orisson for their weather advice - and then, take their advice.
So does this mean that you asked for their weather advice and were told to go, despite thunder and lightening? I'm really curious ... from my albeit limited interactions with locals both at Orisson and SJPP in two different years I got the impression that they don't seem to be worried about the danger during thunderstorms ... which doesn't cease to amaze me.

And now that we are closer to the OP's date (16 and 17 September 2018), the forecast for the Col de Bentarte looks actually great for those two days.
 
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André Walker

Never lost my way: always standing on it
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2011 on my own, 2014 with my wife), Del Norte to Finisterre (2016). 2018: Via de la Plata.
#27
I'm supposed to start hiking my frist camino on Sunday, the 16th of this month and have a reservation in Orrison for that night. However I just checked out the weather and see that it's supposed to be storms with thunder and lightening (all week...). I can't change my flight reservations, so I will be there, walking in some pretty lousy conditions.
I am thinking I should probably scrap my plans for Orrison and walk the safer Valcarlos route to Roncesvalles. I hadn't planned on this at all of course. Looking at the extended forecast, I'm wondering if I should I add an extra thermal top to my pack and a 2nd pair of pants?
I was planning on bringing one merino base layer (top and bottom), 2 poly t shirts, a pair of REI hiking leggings, and some zip off short/pants).
I have a gore tex rain coat, REI rain pants, rain hat, and pair of wool gloves. Anything else I should be thinking about?
Two weeks before I started the Via de la Plata the temperatures in that part of Spain went up to 50 degrees Celsius. Luckily they dropped to around 40 degrees (still very hot, but managable, walking at 5am by the light of the full moon and using a GPS device not having to depend on seeimg the arrows). But I already had a backup plan: checked out flights from Seville to Bilbao (Camino del Norte) and Lisbon (Camino Portugues). My point being: a camino should be something to enjoy (including some rain, yes) and to return from alive and unharmed (not counting blisters. If the weather conditions on the spot prove to be to unsafe or unpredictable it might also be an option to take bus to Roncesvalles or Pamplona. And don't let anyone tell you that only climbing the Pyrenees makes you a true pilgrim. It doesn't. It's not a competition and you don't have to prove anything to anyone. I'm now on my 4th camino and met a lot of pilgrims walking their camino in their own way. In my book there are a 1000 ways of being a pilgrim and not one is better or worse than the other ones.
Just make sure that your Camino will be one to remember for the right reasons!!
And now: enjoy yourself and 'go take a walk'.
;)
 
Camino(s) past & future
2017
#28
So does this mean that you asked for their weather advice and were told to go, despite thunder and lightening? I'm really curious ... from my albeit limited interactions with locals both at Orisson and SJPP in two different years I got the impression that they don't seem to be worried about the danger during thunderstorms ... which doesn't cease to amaze me.

And now that we are closer to the OP's date (16 and 17 September 2018), the forecast for the Col de Bentarte looks actually great for those two days.
Actually, we didn't ask. I just looked cloudy when we started and then went downhill from there. There is a mobile cafe about halfway to the border. We kind of hunkered down there. The thunder was pretty far off. We walked so fast that we were the first 3 pilgrims at the monastery at Roncesvalles.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Aug-Sept(2016) SJPDP-Finisterre, July-Aug(2017) SJPDP-Muxia-Finisterre, July-Aug(2018) El Norte
#29
We stayed at Orisson in 2017 and the day was gorgeous. In the morning, started raining about 8am, then thunder, lighting, sideways rain, hail and sleet. By the time we got to just before the Spain/France border, it was just cloudy. Yes, pay attention and ask the hospitaleros at Orisson for their weather advice - and then, take their advice.
For those staying at Orisson - there is no need to rush out of St Jean in the morning. You will only get up to Orisson with not much to do. Better to send a leisurely morning, enjoy breakfast, look around the town, then start out around 10 or 11. You will still arrive well before dinner.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Sarria to Santiago - May 2014
St. Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona - Starting September 27, 2015
#30
Take th advice from the folks in th Pilgrim Office and in Orisson. Also, if caught in thunder and lightening in th open, you should curl up in a ball close to the ground. As to rain, if it is raining on the Napoleon route it is raining on the Valcarlos Route. Embrace your Camino
 
Camino(s) past & future
2015 SJPD to Burgos
2017 Leon to Santiago
Pamplona to Santiago Mar. 2018
Burgos - SCDC (Oct 18)
#31
The weather changes constantly, especially up in the mountains. Just go. You're going to be fine!
There are microclimates in the mountains. Weather changes fast. You may not know what the weather will be until 8hrs before that time. Plan as normal but be flexible.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Sept 2017
Camino Frances Sept 2020
#32
The weather changes all the time. The blessings and lifetime friendships you make in Orisson will surpass any rain you endure. Our first 3 days were driving rain, even sleet up and over the Pyrenees. We must have paid our dues because not a drop of rain the rest of the way to Santiago. We met people at Orisson that became our camino family over the next 6 weeks. We did not know it at the time...but we kept meeting up with folks on the walk, in a bar, in an alburgue...and the next thing you know - they are great friends.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francis SJPP
April 2016, August 2017, May 2018
Camino PortuGUESE
May 2019
#33
I'm supposed to start hiking my frist camino on Sunday, the 16th of this month and have a reservation in Orrison for that night. However I just checked out the weather and see that it's supposed to be storms with thunder and lightening (all week...). I can't change my flight reservations, so I will be there, walking in some pretty lousy conditions.
I am thinking I should probably scrap my plans for Orrison and walk the safer Valcarlos route to Roncesvalles. I hadn't planned on this at all of course. Looking at the extended forecast, I'm wondering if I should I add an extra thermal top to my pack and a 2nd pair of pants?
I was planning on bringing one merino base layer (top and bottom), 2 poly t shirts, a pair of REI hiking leggings, and some zip off short/pants).
I have a gore tex rain coat, REI rain pants, rain hat, and pair of wool gloves. Anything else I should be thinking about?
I'm supposed to start hiking my frist camino on Sunday, the 16th of this month and have a reservation in Orrison for that night. However I just checked out the weather and see that it's supposed to be storms with thunder and lightening (all week...). I can't change my flight reservations, so I will be there, walking in some pretty lousy conditions.
I am thinking I should probably scrap my plans for Orrison and walk the safer Valcarlos route to Roncesvalles. I hadn't planned on this at all of course. Looking at the extended forecast, I'm wondering if I should I add an extra thermal top to my pack and a 2nd pair of pants?
I was planning on bringing one merino base layer (top and bottom), 2 poly t shirts, a pair of REI hiking leggings, and some zip off short/pants).
I have a gore tex rain coat, REI rain pants, rain hat, and pair of wool gloves. Anything else I should be thinking about?
All your gear sounds great, so go with your plans. If they do say go the original Valcarlos way I've chosen to do it 2016, 17 & 18 . It has a fantastic Albergue where you get the secret code from the town bar. The country paths are stunning, not much road walking and very steep on last 5 klms to Ibaneta Pass. It is lots of fun and I take two days to ease into the CF. My son did it too fast and strained his Achilles heel so take it easy. I've also walked in two thunder/lightning storms and wouldn't do that again. I would rather lose a day or half a day to avoid that .....You lucky thing, burn Camino.
 
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Camino Francis SJPP
April 2016, August 2017, May 2018
Camino PortuGUESE
May 2019
#34
I think I am skipping SJPdP this time based on the forecast of weather. I will start out of Pamplona.
Something to consider, my friend from Taipei started in Pamplona and walked every step of the way to SC....she just regretted not giving the Pyrenees Mt. challenge a go. She also couldn't claim the 799 klms certificate at the end so she says she'll have to do the CF again.
Beun Camino
Miki
 

Thornley

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Frances [08 ]Portuguese [09 ]Le Puy[10] Norte[ 11] Madrid [12] Figeac - Pamplona [13] Mont Saint Michel - Bordeaux / St Palais - Pamplona [14] Moissac -Burgos [15] , Norte to Oviedo and then Primitivo [16]
Le Puy to Moissac and Dax to Santo Domingo
#35
I'm supposed to start hiking my frist camino on Sunday, the 16th of this month and have a reservation in Orrison for that night. However I just checked out the weather and see that it's supposed to be storms with thunder and lightening (all week...). I can't change my flight reservations, so I will be there, walking in some pretty lousy conditions.
I am thinking I should probably scrap my plans for Orrison and walk the safer Valcarlos route to Roncesvalles. I hadn't planned on this at all of course. Looking at the extended forecast, I'm wondering if I should I add an extra thermal top to my pack and a 2nd pair of pants?
I was planning on bringing one merino base layer (top and bottom), 2 poly t shirts, a pair of REI hiking leggings, and some zip off short/pants).
I have a gore tex rain coat, REI rain pants, rain hat, and pair of wool gloves. Anything else I should be thinking about?
There has been a thousand forum conversations spent on this .........please decide and just walk,
A week later you may ask ..............what was all that worrying about,
Make a decision kid
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF-Fisterra-Muxia (Sept/Oct 2017)
#36
I left Orisson last year in absolutely yucky rainy/fog/windy conditions and saw nothing but my shoes the entire day. At least 8 people were rescued. (That said, they were idiots. Totally unprepared, inexperienced, and left Orisson in late afternoon). If you are an experienced hiker with good gear and wits about you then just GO. It will be part of your Camino experience.
 

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