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I think that 10% should be a guideline, not an upper limit. A lot depends on your own weight. For example, a fit 120 pound woman can probably carry more than an out of shape 175 pound woman, who is already carrying excess body weight.Also, the admonition to not carry more than 10% of your body weight can be, I think, misleading. That rule should be understood to be an upper limit,
Right. Simple is the best. I sometimes need a book or web site because too much information make me confused, too. . Trials and errors seem to work by packing over and overI read a selection of different pilgrims books as well as this forum. Most of them repeated the same information and yes, it was generally useful. The most important message that was clearly transmitted was “keep the weight down”and “you don’t need as much as you think you do”. Some ideas on how to live with less were also useful in figuring quantities (eg three pairs of socks to ensure a dry pair every morning,)
Some things I wouldn’t have thought of like safety pins fortunately made it into my bag. And some helpful things made it into my bag because of reading forum discussions and just generally and obsessively shopping in outdoor gear stores. I had months to plan so each purchase was a delicious reminder that I would be going soon.
Everyone changes the content of their pack over the course of the journey-things that aren’t helpful get left behind. If you are forgetful like me, helpful things also get forgotten unintentionally. Stuff that isn’t working as well as something else could gets replaced. And some things develop an unusual importance.
Especially about the sarong. One thing I would NEVER leave behind.S. Yates wrote a book about what to take and what not take. In hindsight many useful advise.
Yes the Sarong is since forever a faithful companion on my travells. Curtain tentEspecially about the sarong. One thing I would NEVER leave behind.
But you can't know what you need as an individual until you've actually walked. That's when you can really begin pare thing s down to the bare minimum.
I've watched YouTube videos of other peoples' Caminos as well as AT/PCT/CDT hikes and taken a lot of hints from their suggestions and especially mistakes. I think that's where I've gotten 90% of my information about what gear to take, etc.
So true! We had too much in our bag and also too much in our mind.I learned what to take from reading the Forum and from talking with my wife, who was also a pilgrim. Useful advice was to wear low cut trail runners for shoes and good wool Sox with liners. Also, the admonition to not carry more than 10% of your body weight can be, I think, misleading. That rule should be understood to be an upper limit, not a recommendation that carrying that much weight is advisable. On the Camino, one finds abandoned clothing, equipment, and foot ware that were left behind pilgrims who were tired of carrying so much weight and “things” that they found they didn’t need. It is surprising how little is required to walk the Camino. And whatever one needs can usually be purchased at shops along the way.
5.5 kg. Wow. My backpack weighed 10kg +-. I am pretty sure the lighter, the better.I didn't buy a guidebook prior to my Camino.
I read two forums, this and a german based, at that's it.
I combined the tips they offered and was very fine with it.
Personally I think actually you don't need a book anymore, if you have access to the internet.
I lowered the weight of my backpack down to 5.2kg w/o giving up some of my comforting extras. At the end of my Camino the b/p weight was 5.5kg (some extra medical products and a t-Shirt bought in SdC.)
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