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Who is walking the Camino in April 2019?

JR9162

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Camino(s) past & future
Via de la Plata (5/1/2018 - 1007 km in 39 days)
Camino France's (4/10/2019)
#1
Starting my 2nd Camino on April 10th, 2019 from SJPP. So far I am a solo trekker. Walked the Via de la Plata last spring (2018) from Seville 》Astorga 》Santiago in 39 days with my cousin.

Anybody starting out on that date? The Napoleon route is closed until March 31, and if weather is bad I'll just take the alternative.

Cheers! John
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gersevink

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Camino(s) past & future
2013 Camino del Norte, Fisterra, Muxia
2015 Via de la Plata Sevilla Santiago
2016 Camino Portugues
#2
Ik vertrek 11 april met de tgv uit Amsterdam, 12 april kom ik aan in SJPP. 13 april is mijn eerste etappe naar Roncesvalles.
 
Camino(s) past & future
April 2019
#3
Starting my 2nd Camino on April 10th, 2019 from SJPP. So far I am a solo trekker. Walked the Via de la Plata last spring (2018) from Seville 》Astorga 》Santiago in 39 days with my cousin.

Anybody starting out on that date? The Napoleon route is closed until March 31, and if weather is bad I'll just take the alternative.

Cheers! John
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I am planning to start in April. had thought earlier but thinking around your departure date might be wiser
 
Camino(s) past & future
August 2017
April 2018
#4
Starting my 2nd Camino on April 10th, 2019 from SJPP. So far I am a solo trekker. Walked the Via de la Plata last spring (2018) from Seville 》Astorga 》Santiago in 39 days with my cousin.

Anybody starting out on that date? The Napoleon route is closed until March 31, and if weather is bad I'll just take the alternative.

Cheers! John
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Hello John My daughter and I are starting from st jean, pied de port. on about the 8th. This will be my third walk. Her first. Last April I went with a film group got to orrison stayed the night and got turned back to walk the valley because of conditions. So yes as we will be doing go through Valcarlos and the valley.
But the most important thing is you may start alone for the first two steps but then something very special happens and you become part of the Camino family. You don't have to pay or earn the right to this family it is given on the first step. It is yours you will not be alone.
Good luck God bless.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Porto to SdC-Sept 2017
Camino Frances-(April 2019)
#5
I as well am starting in April, planning to start from SJPDP April 11. I'm walking with a friend and we're planning on walking via Valcarlos and overnight there as a gentler start to our Camino. Hopefully will meet up with some of you along the way. Looking forward to it all! Buen Camino.
 
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JR9162

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Via de la Plata (5/1/2018 - 1007 km in 39 days)
Camino France's (4/10/2019)
#7
For everyone who's replied thus far, well met! How are we all going to recognize one another when we personally stumble across one another? We need to come up with some simple visual cue. Any ideas out there?

I am not a fast Walker. Can do 1 mile in 19-22 minutes, but we walk the distances. My 1st cousin and I averaged 16.44 miles per day for 39 days straight on the Via de la Plata this past spring.

Buen Camino!

John
 
Camino(s) past & future
Spring 2016: Camino Frances, Finisterre and Muxia
April 2019: Frances, Salvador, Primitivo
#9
I will be walking in April -- my 2nd. I'm not sure of my date of departure and have not finalized which one. I will figure this out soon!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Porto to SdC-Sept 2017
Camino Frances-(April 2019)
#10
For everyone who's replied thus far, well met! How are we all going to recognize one another when we personally stumble across one another? We need to come up with some simple visual cue. Any ideas out there?

I am not a fast Walker. Can do 1 mile in 19-22 minutes, but we walk the distances. My 1st cousin and I averaged 16.44 miles per day for 39 days straight on the Via de la Plata this past spring.

Buen Camino!

John
Well in my book 1007 km in 39 days is pretty impressive! Don't sell yourself short! Hope to meet up. I know, we could all have a dazed look in order to recognize each other. Oh wait,, that's a given!!
 
Camino(s) past & future
First timer, leaving April 3rd from SJPDP
#12
I walked out of SJPDP last April 3rd on my first Camino, entirely alone. It lasted about 30 minutes. For the next 30 days I was part of a fantastic family. I will certainly be back next Spring. Probably Norte
 
Camino(s) past & future
St Jean to Santiago (2012, 2014, 2015, 2017)
Aosta to Rome - Via Francigena (2018)
#13
I will be walking from mid-April and am looking for someone who plans to walk not much more than about 10 miles a day. I will be walking the Valcarlos Way and stay overnight there to make it a two-day journey to Roncesvalles. This will be my 5th Camino but first time solo.
 

Vaughan

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francais
#15
I'm starting out on the 17th April - you might be able to recognise me from my profile photo:) I'm aiming to finish on May 20th.
 

lynpeas

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Will be walking the last 300k of the Camino, Leon to Santiago in April/May (2019)
#16
My walking partner and I will be starting out from Leon on March 25. We have a 17 day itinerary planned and should arrive in Santiago on April 8. We have planned an extra day in Sarria and one in Santiago before heading back to Madrid on April 10.
 

KinkyOne

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
#17
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances in spring (2018)
#18
If all my travel connections work out, I'll be starting April 9 from SJPP. My first time. Still planning to book at Orisson for the first night, and if the Napoleon route isn't passable I'll turn around and go the other way. I'll have my Canadian Company of Pilgrims patch, and by then a forum member patch too!
Marie
 
Camino(s) past & future
I intend to leave the UK the day Before Brexit and walkMarch -April 2019 Camino Frances
#19
I am planning to fly to Bordeaux on 29 Mar and will start from SJDP on 30 mar planningto stop at Valcarlos.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Porto to SdC-Sept 2017
Camino Frances-(April 2019)
#20
If all my travel connections work out, I'll be starting April 9 from SJPP. My first time. Still planning to book at Orisson for the first night, and if the Napoleon route isn't passable I'll turn around and go the other way. I'll have my Canadian Company of Pilgrims patch, and by then a forum member patch too!
Marie
Hello. You'll likely be 2 days ahead of me and a friend who are planning on starting from SJPDP on April 11th. We are likely going via Valcarlos to avoid possible harsher conditions on the Napoleon route. Maybe we'll meet up along the way somewhere. Where in Canada are you from. I'm in Kamloops, BC
 
Camino(s) past & future
April may 2018
#22
Starting my 2nd Camino on April 10th, 2019 from SJPP. So far I am a solo trekker. Walked the Via de la Plata last spring (2018) from Seville 》Astorga 》Santiago in 39 days with my cousin.

Anybody starting out on that date? The Napoleon route is closed until March 31, and if weather is
Starting my 2nd Camino on April 10th, 2019 from SJPP. So far I am a solo trekker. Walked the Via de la Plata last spring (2018) from Seville 》Astorga 》Santiago in 39 days with my cousin.

Anybody starting out on that date? The Napoleon route is closed until March 31, and if weather is bad I'll just take the alternative.

Cheers! John
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my friend of 30 years and I will probably be starting out from st Jean on the 10th. This will be our First Camino. Our names are Pete and Steve no idea our pace. We are both in our 60s. Leaving Seattle on the 8th arriving Paris on the morning of the 9th. Hoping to get going on the 10th. Glad to meet others leaving around the same time.

Cheers! John
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Camino(s) past & future
Walked Camino Francais April 2015. Planning the same route starting March/April 2019
#23
My friend Annie and I are starting from SJPP on April 10th, heading for Orisson if we can get it booked, so maybe we’ll see you on the route!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Porto to SdC-Sept 2017
Camino Frances-(April 2019)
#24
My friend Annie and I are starting from SJPP on April 10th, heading for Orisson if we can get it booked, so maybe we’ll see you on the route!
I'll be right behind you as planning on starting on the 11th via Valcarlos route. Likely will meet up somewhere along the way. Just wondering how the weather was in April when you did it in 2015?
 
Camino(s) past & future
Walked Camino Francais April 2015. Planning the same route starting March/April 2019
#25
I'll be right behind you as planning on starting on the 11th via Valcarlos route. Likely will meet up somewhere along the way. Just wondering how the weather was in April when you did it in 2015?
Hi, the weather was exceptionally good, snow on the ground on the Pyrenees but warm and sunny, just had a couple of rainy days in the month I was walking! ....hopefully it’ll as good next April!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Porto to SdC-Sept 2017
Camino Frances-(April 2019)
#26
Hi, the weather was exceptionally good, snow on the ground on the Pyrenees but warm and sunny, just had a couple of rainy days in the month I was walking! ....hopefully it’ll as good next April!
Thanks for responding and I too hope we have similar weather as you had on your last camino. I'm unsure how much "warm" layers to bring. Also did you bring a sleeping bag for that time of year.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Walked Camino Francais April 2015. Planning the same route starting March/April 2019
#27
Yes, I needed a lightweight sleeping bag and I had a silk liner and pillowcase.
I had a lightweight down jacket but hardly used it and a lightweight thin fleece and one long sleeved base layer. It’s so difficult deciding what to take!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Porto to SdC-Sept 2017
Camino Frances-(April 2019)
#28
Yes, I needed a lightweight sleeping bag and I had a silk liner and pillowcase.
I had a lightweight down jacket but hardly used it and a lightweight thin fleece and one long sleeved base layer. It’s so difficult deciding what to take!
Thanks! Yes I'm pretty sure now I'll bring a light sleeping bag and liner; still not sure how many long sleeved options to bring. But that's part of the fun and excitement of planning and just going with whatever you decide.
 

Deana

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Planning my first
#29
I will be walking from mid-April and am looking for someone who plans to walk not much more than about 10 miles a day. I will be walking the Valcarlos Way and stay overnight there to make it a two-day journey to Roncesvalles. This will be my 5th Camino but first time solo.
Hi start from pamplona18th April
 

Sakamoto

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portuguese (Valença-Santiago) April'19
#30
I will! Starting in the 14th in Valença and expecting to arrive in Santiago on the 19th.
 

davebugg

"When I Have Your Wounded" - Dustoff Motto
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances...
Sept. 2017: SJPdP to Burgos
Sept./Oct. 2018: SJPdP to Santiago de Compostela
#31
For everyone who's replied thus far, well met! How are we all going to recognize one another when we personally stumble across one another? We need to come up with some simple visual cue. Any ideas out there? ....
John
John, that is something easily solved. Ivar offers a Forum Members patch in the store which can easily be attached to one's backpack or hat or ? You can also access the store from the menu, at the top and left-hand side of the page.
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davebugg

"When I Have Your Wounded" - Dustoff Motto
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances...
Sept. 2017: SJPdP to Burgos
Sept./Oct. 2018: SJPdP to Santiago de Compostela
#32
Hello. You'll likely be 2 days ahead of me and a friend who are planning on starting from SJPDP on April 11th. We are likely going via Valcarlos to avoid possible harsher conditions on the Napoleon route. Maybe we'll meet up along the way somewhere. Where in Canada are you from. I'm in Kamloops, BC
The conditions on the Napoleon are not likely to be any harsher than with Valcarlos unless there are thundershowers or heavy rains. Even then, the same type of wet gear protection will be needed. The Valcarlos route actually requires more overall energy than Napoleon as there is an overall higher elevation gain from not only going up a gradient, but then losing that elevation gain and having to climb it again many times. And while Napoleon Route has a steeper grade to walk up for the first 8 km than does the Valcarlos Route, the reverse becomes true during the last part of this first stage: Napoleon becomes easier to walk as the grade becomes much less steep, while Valcarlos becomes much more steep toward the final kilometers.

So when you arrive in SJPdP go to the Pilgrim's Office. You are likely to be doing so anyway to obtain or stamp your Credencial as the start of your Camino. But the Office volunteers will have the very latest information on the conditions over both the Napoleon and Valcarlos routes. If the Volunteer says that going over Napoleon is OK, then there is no reason to avoid doing so, if that is something you would like to pursue.

Here are videos from John Sikora's YouTube offerings which shows the Napoleon Route and the Valcarlos Route step-by-step. The videos are in Hyperlapse, so it doesn't take hours to watch them :)



 

davebugg

"When I Have Your Wounded" - Dustoff Motto
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances...
Sept. 2017: SJPdP to Burgos
Sept./Oct. 2018: SJPdP to Santiago de Compostela
#33
Thanks for responding and I too hope we have similar weather as you had on your last camino. I'm unsure how much "warm" layers to bring. Also did you bring a sleeping bag for that time of year.
Hi, maruska :)

This is a re-post of mine which may be of help. Keep in mind that the effect of each layer dramatically raises the warmth retention factor, which is why it is much better -- both from the amount of weight carried as well as efficiency -- to use multiple lighter layers than a single heavy layer.
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Maybe this will give you an idea of what will work during your time on Camino. Below is a list of my "closet" that I carry in my pack. Besides it being used during this past late Fall on the Camino, it is about the same as what I used to thru hike the Pacific Crest Trail and the Colorado Trail (most of which sits above 9,000 feet / 2743 meters in elevation. And for the thousands of other backpacking miles I have done.
  1. Pants -- REI, Classic Sahara Convertible, Zip-Off Legs
  2. Baselayer Top -- Smartwool, Lightweight, Long-Sleeve x 1
  3. Baselayer Bottom - Smartwool, Lightweight
  4. Hat - wool beanie
  5. Windshell Jacket - Patagonia, Houdini
  6. Insulating Layer -- Mountain Hardwear, Ghost Whisperer Vest
  7. Socks -- Smartwool Phd, Crew, Light Padding x 2
  8. Extra insoles x 1
  9. Poncho --- Zpacks, Cuben Fiber
  10. Gloves -- North Face, polartec
The total weight is around 3.4 pounds.

The clothing that I wear usually consists of running shorts and a light weight, long sleeved synthetic or Merino wool shirt. All of the clothing can be used in various layering configurations to provide a comfort range from 25F to very hot. This is just an example of how a layering system can be flexible and cover a wide temperature range which is more than sufficient for the time of year you are going over the Pyrenees and Galicia.

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Camino(s) past & future
(2019) only 2 weeks available! St. Jean PDP - Pamplona, then Sarria - SDC with the family,
#34
Starting my 2nd Camino on April 10th, 2019 from SJPP. So far I am a solo trekker. Walked the Via de la Plata last spring (2018) from Seville 》Astorga 》Santiago in 39 days with my cousin.

Anybody starting out on that date? The Napoleon route is closed until March 31, and if weather is bad I'll just take the alternative.

Cheers! John
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I'll also be starting April 10 from SJPP.... with my wife and 3 kids....! Hoping for a mild winter and nice weather! Hoping to stay in Orisson (reservations in hand) Roncesvalles, Zubiri, then Pamplona. Taking the train to Sarria, then stops in Portomarin, Palas de Rei, Melide, Arzua, O Pedrouzo, and finally Santiago de Compestela on April 20. About 115 miles total. Holy Week should be interesting! Spending the day in SDC for Easter, then off to Madrid for a week or so....!

Buen Camino!
 

davebugg

"When I Have Your Wounded" - Dustoff Motto
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances...
Sept. 2017: SJPdP to Burgos
Sept./Oct. 2018: SJPdP to Santiago de Compostela
#35
For those who do not know, there is a Calendar (top of page in the menu bar) which lists the departure dates of Forum members. You can also add yourselves to that calendar by following the instructions from Ivar:
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Dear all,

Adding your date to this calendar is a two step process:
  1. Start a new thread (maybe in the Camino Introduction section?) announcing your Camino with as much/little information that you feel comfortable with.
  2. Once the thread has been posted, click the "Threads Tools" drop down, just over (to the right) of your initial posts and select "Calendar Add".



  3. You then enter the start date of your Camino and press "Submit" to add it to the Calendar.
This will create a link in the Calendar (on your date) to the Thread you created about your camino plans.

If people thinks this is an easier way comparted to the old calendar, I will disconitnue the old calendar in a few weeks. If this happens, dates entered in the old calendar will be lost (there are not many).

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RenBo

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
First timer!
#36
Hello John. I am planning to start on the first week of April from SJPP. Unsure of the exact date yet. My plan is to run/walk about 18 miles - 20 miles a day. I am going solo. I have been debating about whether or not to take a sleeping bag with me but by reading some of the answers here I take that I should have one. Would anyone here have an educated guess of what the average temperature should be like in April?
I live in Northern Alberta (Canada). The word "cold" means something different to me that it means to most people :)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances in Spring (2019)
#37
Starting my 2nd Camino on April 10th, 2019 from SJPP. So far I am a solo trekker. Walked the Via de la Plata last spring (2018) from Seville 》Astorga 》Santiago in 39 days with my cousin.
Anybody starting out on that date? The Napoleon route is closed until March 31, and if weather is bad I'll just take the alternative.
Cheers! John
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