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Weather? Ski Jacket vs Rain jacket

Eduardo Hernandez

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I will be walking El Camino Frances starting April 21 at SJPDP and wondering how cold/rainy it will be. Trying to decide whether to bring my lighter rain jacket and a very thin fleece or bring my heavier jacket which is a ski jacket but has vents. I'm thinking it might get cold if it rains for awhile
 
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I have never walked in the winter but I have walked in April and I have never seen a puffy ski jacket.
 
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Layers. In 2015 I walked started 1 May. Some quite cool mornings but the temperature quickly turned warm during the day. I am a skier also and would not recommend a ski jacket. I am starting 1 May this year and am taking a rain jacket, and lightweight mid and base layers.
 
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Layers. In 2015 I walked started 1 May. Some quite cool mornings but the temperature quickly turned warm during the day. I am a skier also and would not recommend a ski jacket. I am starting 1 May this year and am taking a rain jacket, and lightweight mid and base layers.
@Buz Radican Yay for you! I walked the Portuguese last year. Buen Camino!!!
 
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@Buz Radican Yay for you! I walked the Portuguese last year. Buen Camino!!!
Hi Suzanne, I looked at both the Portuguese and the Norte for this , my third Camino. For several reasons decided on the CF.....lots of alburges and no long distances between them. Hope all is well with you and the rest of our Red Gaggles.
 
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I have walked in April about a week before you and the year I went it was cold for a good part of the time. I needed a fleece and a light puffy jacket as well as my rain gear. There were times that I needed four layers and wore everything I had. We even had snow. I am leaving again on April 14th and watching the weather closely as from all accounts they are having a cold and late winter. I am hoping we will get some more reports from those on the trail. I have a friend who walked into Granon today and she said "a cold front pushed in and temps dropped into the 30's. The northeast winds kicked in and blasted the pilgrims in the face the entire way (sustained head winds at 30+ mph with gusts to 50+mph)." Last time I walked I didn't have gloves or a beanie and almost got frostbite on my fingers in a snowstorm. I know you aren't supposed to pack your fears, but I am taking gloves and a beanie this time. It is spring, expect anything. It does make it interesting and weather is just part of the experience.
 
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With this and that Till bursting
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Are there folks back home awaiting
Can I carry love or a warm embrace
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We all have opinions and mine is leave the ski jacket at home and follow the good advice, above. I ski five days a week during the season (Ski Patrol) and have a collection of ski jackets for all conditions. I have also hiked the Camino Frances three times, once in October - November, when it was reasonably cold, including a bit or sleet and snow. Going again in October, God and the government of Spain in agreement. The “layer” system worked very well for me, so based on experience, I recommend against a ski jacket.
 
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I often get cold and even in the summer I wear a hoodie
When walking/hiking and carrying a pack? I'm usually cold for about 5 minutes, then I'm peeling off layers. Anyway, your choice, but a ski jacket seems like overkill to me .
Just thought I would point out that the original was asked in 2018
Thanks. I was responding to today's 5 am post. :)
 
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