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Winter Camino Francés video (arrived January 6th, 2021)

davidsowers

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Hello all, I completed 13 days on the Camino Francés (starting in Astorga on Christmas day) on January 6th, 2021. It was an unforgettable solo journey with some crazy snow days, especially on the way to O Cebreiro (day 5). I documented the experience using my GoPro and edited all the footage into a movie. Includes timestamps for each day in the description and closed captions. If you have any questions I'd love to answer! Hope you enjoy it!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-4Ky_hcyBw
 
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Hello all, I completed 13 days on the Camino Francés (starting in Astorga on Christmas day) on January 6th, 2021. It was an unforgettable solo journey with some crazy snow days, especially on the way to O Cebreiro (day 5). I documented the experience using my GoPro and edited all the footage into a movie. Includes timestamps for each day in the description and closed captions. If you have any questions I'd love to answer! Hope you enjoy it!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-4Ky_hcyBw

Why? :eek:
 

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It is a lovely video but walking in snow that deep is very dangerous.
 
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lt56ny

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To experience a world-famous pilgrimage in unique conditions. Would do it again in a heartbeat.
Why is right and why put the heart beats of others in danger because you can’t wait until safety for all can at least be brought under control. To borrow from the popular dying; Pilgrimage is so much more than just what one person wants. Pilgrimage today is helping and protecting the things that everyone needs. I will pass on your video. Buen Camino to all when all are safer.
 
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Hello all, I completed 13 days on the Camino Francés (starting in Astorga on Christmas day) on January 6th, 2021. It was an unforgettable solo journey with some crazy snow days, especially on the way to O Cebreiro (day 5). I documented the experience using my GoPro and edited all the footage into a movie. Includes timestamps for each day in the description and closed captions. If you have any questions I'd love to answer! Hope you enjoy it!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-4Ky_hcyBw
Thank you for the video. Many sites I remember well. I am a winter/early spring walker. The snow I have enough of in Ottawa. I’m glad you arrived safely. Others concerns are valid given the covid restrictions. Stay safe!
 
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davidsowers

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Why is right and why put the heart beats of others in danger because you can’t wait until safety for all can at least be brought under control. To borrow from the popular dying; Pilgrimage is so much more than just what one person wants. Pilgrimage today is helping and protecting the things that everyone needs. I will pass on your video. Buen Camino to all when all are safer.
Fair enough. Take care.
 

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Hello all, I completed 13 days on the Camino Francés (starting in Astorga on Christmas day) on January 6th, 2021. It was an unforgettable solo journey with some crazy snow days, especially on the way to O Cebreiro (day 5). I documented the experience using my GoPro and edited all the footage into a movie. Includes timestamps for each day in the description and closed captions. If you have any questions I'd love to answer! Hope you enjoy it!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-4Ky_hcyBw
Congratulations my friend on creating a new Camino ..... El Camino Egoísta .......
 

davidsowers

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Congratulations my friend on creating a new Camino ..... El Camino Egoísta .......
These criticisms are fair. I would just ask did you see a single friend or family member over the holidays? I didn't. All my interactions were with dogs. Until I got to Santiago (where I used to live) where I was able to safely have some drinks with friends.
 

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Oh, how welcoming we all are to this new member on his first day in the forums.

While I certainly wouldn't be walking right now (or a month ago), and I wouldn't support flouting local restrictions, I'm not sure what those were in Spain back in December when the OP started to walk. I know that they were tightened up again a couple of weeks after Christmas, when the effects of Christmas get-togethers started to be noticed, but that would be when this pilgrimage was done. I'm willing to extend the benefit of the doubt that the OP did not knowingly flout local regulations.

As to whether it was a Pilgrimage or an adventure, who is to say it can't be both? And I try not to set myself up as a judge of what constitutes Pilgrimage. If someone tells me they are doing a pilgrimage, you won't find me disagreeing (although I have occasionally silently disagreed when people assert they are not doing a pilgrimage).

Someone has come to us to share his pilgrimage experience. That's what these forums are set up for. We are here to support each other. Now, I'm not saying that support can't involve challenging someone, or taking them to task for something they have done. But I find that kind of support is most, well, supportive, when it is someone that you know and have a relationship with of sorts. Not someone you have just met.

That's just my $0.02 CDN, having read what I've seen on this thread so far. Your mileage may vary.
 

lt56ny

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These criticisms are fair. I would just ask did you see a single friend or family member over the holidays? I didn't. All my interactions were with dogs. Until I got to Santiago (where I used to live) where I was able to safely have some drinks with friends.
I am Jewish and no I didn’t
 
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I'm not sure what those were in Spain back in December when the OP started to walk. I know that they were tightened up again a couple of weeks after Christmas, when the effects of Christmas get-togethers started to be noticed, but that would be when this pilgrimage was done.
Not only Christmas. There's also New Year's Eve Day, New Year's Day and there's the 6th. Spanish regions did lift some restrictions on mobility for these dates. In some parts of Europe, and presumably in Spain, the whole period from the 24th until the 6th is regarded by many as a kind of winter holiday period and they are given time off work or take time off work.
 

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I am Jewish and no I didn’t
Nor did I. I was alone at home with only the ones who actually live with me. It was my very first year to gather with less than 12-20 extended family...it didn't seem like a holiday.🙁
 

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Hello all, I completed 13 days on the Camino Francés (starting in Astorga on Christmas day) on January 6th, 2021. It was an unforgettable solo journey with some crazy snow days, especially on the way to O Cebreiro (day 5). I documented the experience using my GoPro and edited all the footage into a movie. Includes timestamps for each day in the description and closed captions. If you have any questions I'd love to answer! Hope you enjoy it!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-4Ky_hcyBw
Thanks for posting your lovely video. What a journey! It brought back a lot of wonderful memories.
Regards
Kevin K.
 

davidsowers

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Oh, how welcoming we all are to this new member on his first day in the forums.

While I certainly wouldn't be walking right now (or a month ago), and I wouldn't support flouting local restrictions, I'm not sure what those were in Spain back in December when the OP started to walk. I know that they were tightened up again a couple of weeks after Christmas, when the effects of Christmas get-togethers started to be noticed, but that would be when this pilgrimage was done. I'm willing to extend the benefit of the doubt that the OP did not knowingly flout local regulations.

As to whether it was a Pilgrimage or an adventure, who is to say it can't be both? And I try not to set myself up as a judge of what constitutes Pilgrimage. If someone tells me they are doing a pilgrimage, you won't find me disagreeing (although I have occasionally silently disagreed when people assert they are not doing a pilgrimage).

Someone has come to us to share his pilgrimage experience. That's what these forums are set up for. We are here to support each other. Now, I'm not saying that support can't involve challenging someone, or taking them to task for something they have done. But I find that kind of support is most, well, supportive, when it is someone that you know and have a relationship with of sorts. Not someone you have just met.

That's just my $0.02 CDN, having read what I've seen on this thread so far. Your mileage may vary.

Thanks for posting your lovely video. What a journey! It brought back a lot of wonderful memories.
Regards
Kevin K.
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There are ways to express your disagreement with the decsion to walk a camino in these circumstances without being rude or insulting. What is the point of piling on here? Camino shaming is gaining traction on the forum, I think. Let's be clear, I agree that people should follow the rules and regulations, and I don't think there's anything wrong with pointing that out. But our general rules about polite discourse and a welcoming atmosphere don't get thrown out the window when someone thinks that someone may have done something wrong.
 

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Hello all, I completed 13 days on the Camino Francés (starting in Astorga on Christmas day) on January 6th, 2021. It was an unforgettable solo journey with some crazy snow days, especially on the way to O Cebreiro (day 5). I documented the experience using my GoPro and edited all the footage into a movie. Includes timestamps for each day in the description and closed captions. If you have any questions I'd love to answer! Hope you enjoy it!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-4Ky_hcyBw
Excellent job editing and putting your video together. Enjoyed getting to see The Camino under these different conditions.
 
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Hello all, I completed 13 days on the Camino Francés (starting in Astorga on Christmas day) on January 6th, 2021. It was an unforgettable solo journey with some crazy snow days, especially on the way to O Cebreiro (day 5). I documented the experience using my GoPro and edited all the footage into a movie. Includes timestamps for each day in the description and closed captions. If you have any questions I'd love to answer! Hope you enjoy it!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-4Ky_hcyBw
Thank you for the video! It was nice to revisit familiar places. Impressive climb to O'Cebreiro...

It must have taken you quite a few extra kms. to record your walking...

If you don't mind, a few questions:

Was this your first taste of the Camino?
If so, were you happy with the experience?
Did you see any other pilgrims during your walk?
Was it difficult to find accomodations?
Did you find open bars/cafes for a break during the daily walks?

Well done. Being from Arctic Norway, I would definitely rather walk in spring/summer/autumn: We have enough snow up here all winter!

Edit: Ahh, by the Way (!): Welcome to the Forum!
 
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Thank you for your video and a chance for some armchair travel this morning - especially to see this part of the camino in winter. O'Cebreiro...gosh!!! Some stunningly beautiful images. I've been longing for some snow here on west coast Canada.

In addition to @alexwalker 's questions, I'm curious to know how you were received by the local people as you walked through in these times.
 
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There are ways to express your disagreement with the decsion to walk a camino in these circumstances without being rude or insulting. What is the point of piling on here? Camino shaming is gaining traction on the forum, I think. Let's be clear, I agree that people should follow the rules and regulations, and I don't think there's anything wrong with pointing that out. But our general rules about polite discourse and a welcoming atmosphere don't get thrown out the window when someone thinks that someone may have done something wrong.
Thank you, I agree the negative comments /insults are totally not appreciated here.
 

davidsowers

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Thank you for the video! It was nice to revisit familiar places. Impressive climb to O'Cebreiro...

It must have taken you quite a few extra kms. to record your walking...

If you don't mind, a few questions:

Was this your first taste of the Camino?
If so, were you happy with the experience?
Did you see any other pilgrims during your walk?
Was it difficult to find accomodations?
Did you find open bars/cafes for a break during the daily walks?

Well done. Being from Arctic Norway, I would definitely rather walk in spring/summer/autumn: We have enough snow up here all winter!

Edit: Ahh, by the Way (!): Welcome to the Forum!
Thanks so much for watching and for the kind words! Yes, thanks to my gps I know that I walked an extra 20 kms for the sake of the video. Well worth it for me to have these memories and to hopefully show my kids one day.
The questions:
It was my first time walking the Camino. However, I lived in Santiago for the six months pre-pandemic, so I knew the Galician and Asturian landscapes fairly well beforehand. But yes, I was thrilled with the experience. So much history and beauty surrounding the pilgrim at all times, it's hard not to enjoy it. Plus, I'm someone who does not mind spending hours (or days, in this case) alone- I encountered exactly 5 other pilgrims total the whole trip, only one of which ever stayed a night in my same albergue. That said, I will certainly do it again someday to experience the social aspect of the camino. As far as accommodations go I just had to be very proactive. Made countless calls in the weeks leading up to make sure I would have a place to stay, planned my route around the open places, and only one of those places fell through. Luckily I had a cheap option (albergue or hostel) about every 20-25 kms. The open bars and cafes were only found in the bigger towns which were the destination each day. There were plenty of days I did not pass an open establishment during the walk, and some days I passed one or two, and some days (like when I walked through Ponferrada) there were a couple more options. But usually I'd eat a snack on the trail and wait to eat a bigger meal until I arrived and settled down for the day.
Thanks for taking the time to watch and ask the questions! Cheers.
 

davidsowers

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Thank you for your video and a chance for some armchair travel this morning - especially to see this part of the camino in winter. O'Cebreiro...gosh!!! Some stunningly beautiful images. I've been longing for some snow here on west coast Canada.

In addition to @alexwalker 's questions, I'm curious to know how you were received by the local people as you walked through in these times.
Thanks for watching, and I'm glad you enjoyed it! I've just responded to Alex so you can read that. And yours is a great question as well. I really only encountered people in the bigger towns where I was staying for the night. Most of the tiny camino towns were completely deserted as far as I could tell, so no interactions there. But for the bigger towns I of course got a lot of surprised looks and reactions when passerby saw me with my backpack looking dead tired or when I asked for the menu peregrino or anything else that tipped people off that I was a pilgrim. I never got any nasty words or anything like that, and of course plenty of "buen caminos" along the way. The innkeepers were always super nice and accommodating, even though they didn't need to be given the circumstances. But, overall, extended interactions with locals were very limited for obvious reasons. Local dogs, on the other hand.... :)
 
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First BRAVO! young man. Artistically and editorially well done. An individual can tell when a video strikes a cord...adventure, danger, excitement, amazement...which can cause you to sweat up your shirt and, after it's done...question your sanity.
Each day of your journey brought back cherished memories and heartfelt concerns as to the WHY I chose to walk the Way. I've had severe snow storms (Orisson to Roncesvalle), micro bursts of energy nearly toppling me off the Alto de Perdon, near heat exhaustion trying to eke out just 5 km more and, drinking one more queimada than is reasonable.
As to danger to yourself or others. As shown by your video, there were few stretches where the elements appeared beyond your fitness and ability to carry on. One suggestion is that you inform a family member or responsible adult of your plan for the day. Keep your communication device charged and, should the weather change drastically...add a stop day rather than press on.
Again, BRAVO!
Buen "one more KM to go...really?" Camino
Arn
 
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What a wonderful journey! Thank you so much for sharing it.
It must have been a lot like it was in days gone by when there were so few pilgrims on the route.
I've always wanted to do a winter Camino, but alas, I'm a Leo, love the sun (and I'm a coward when it comes to cold!) And OH.MY.GOSH! When you were walking knee deep in snow going up to O Cebreiro, I was sweating, hoping you'd make it. That stretch is hard enough in good weather! Oh to be young and fearless again!
 
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davidsowers

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First BRAVO! young man. Artistically and editorially well done. An individual can tell when a video strikes a cord...adventure, danger, excitement, amazement...which can cause you to sweat up your shirt and, after it's done...question your sanity.
Each day of your journey brought back cherished memories and heartfelt concerns as to the WHY I chose to walk the Way. I've had severe snow storms (Orisson to Roncesvalle), micro bursts of energy nearly toppling me off the Alto de Perdon, near heat exhaustion trying to eke out just 5 km more and, drinking one more queimada than is reasonable.
As to danger to yourself or others. As shown by your video, there were few stretches where the elements appeared beyond your fitness and ability to carry on. One suggestion is that you inform a family member or responsible adult of your plan for the day. Keep your communication device charged and, should the weather change drastically...add a stop day rather than press on.
Again, BRAVO!
Buen "one more KM to go...really?" Camino
Arn
Thanks so much for watching and for your kind response, Arn! It was an amazing trip. And my mom (and my other Strava followers- a fitness app) would have gotten very concerned had I not updated them at the end of each day's walk :)
 
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davidsowers

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What a wonderful journey! Thank you so much for sharing it.
It must have been a lot like it was in days gone by when there were so few pilgrims on the route.
I've always wanted to do a winter Camino, but alas, I'm a Leo, love the sun (and I'm a coward when it comes to cold!)
Similar thoughts definitely crossed my mind while walking. People did this hundreds of years ago without any of the technology or amenities that I was afforded! Pretty cool to think about. Thanks for watching :)
 

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Hello all, I completed 13 days on the Camino Francés (starting in Astorga on Christmas day) on January 6th, 2021. It was an unforgettable solo journey with some crazy snow days, especially on the way to O Cebreiro (day 5). I documented the experience using my GoPro and edited all the footage into a movie. Includes timestamps for each day in the description and closed captions. If you have any questions I'd love to answer! Hope you enjoy it!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-4Ky_hcyBw
Very cool trip, the video is very nicely done. Thanks for posting it.
 

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Hello all, I completed 13 days on the Camino Francés (starting in Astorga on Christmas day) on January 6th, 2021. It was an unforgettable solo journey with some crazy snow days, especially on the way to O Cebreiro (day 5). I documented the experience using my GoPro and edited all the footage into a movie. Includes timestamps for each day in the description and closed captions. If you have any questions I'd love to answer! Hope you enjoy it!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-4Ky_hcyBw
Thanks for the great video, although the walk up to O Cebreiro was a fantastic advert for the Invierno,
 
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I am saddened that there's been such a pile-on to this young man who, as it turns out, has been a resident of Spain for the 6 months prior to his short walk, started from isolation in a smaller city (i.e., not a hot-spot like Leon). I know well the places he stopped and he did not choose the populated places -- Ponferrada, for example...
We know from Ivar's videos that people were allowed to travel in this time period from Dec 25 to January 6th precisely because that is the traditional point to the end of Christmastide (Jan 6th). As the OP was resident in Spain at the time, there is no reason that he would not be granted the same liberty.
As far as I can tell, he was not socializing, and had a very, very solitary journey.
Meanwhile, we have people who thoroughly misunderstand vaccines all over the world, making plans to travel ASAP just because they want to and do not understand that the vaccines will not render them biologically non-hazardous to the locals wherever they travel to. And we don't pile on about that.
Had I been living in Spain in December, might I have chosen a solitary walk? Not sure... but it's really not beyond conceiving that I might have.
And, to be honest, the narrative about strangers helping out and forming communion (day 2) made me weep. So thanks, @davidsowers ... and to everyone else who has brought their gentler dispositions with them today.
 

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Meanwhile, we have people who ... And we don't pile on about that.
Unfortunately, there IS a tendency to pile on about various topics. In fact, if we let it happen, the forum would be a field of piled-up pilgrims. Thanks for all the help getting everyone back on their feet! :)
 

Robo

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Unfortunately, there IS a tendency to pile on about various topics. In fact, if we let it happen, the forum would be a field of piled-up pilgrims. Thanks for all the help getting everyone back on their feet! :)

Indeed it's an emotive topic.
We all long to be back on the Camino.
Many of us have barely left our homes for the last 10 months in an effort to help protect our communities.

And the 'knee jerk' reaction of many of Us, (me too) can be to lash out at what seems to be inappropriate behaviour during these difficult times.

If the Camino teaches Us anything, it is to not judge too quickly and to be more tolerant.

Welcome to the Forum @davidsowers and this very passionate 'family'. ;)
 
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davidsowers

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I am saddened that there's been such a pile-on to this young man who, as it turns out, has been a resident of Spain for the 6 months prior to his short walk, started from isolation in a smaller city (i.e., not a hot-spot like Leon). I know well the places he stopped and he did not choose the populated places -- Ponferrada, for example...
We know from Ivar's videos that people were allowed to travel in this time period from Dec 25 to January 6th precisely because that is the traditional point to the end of Christmastide (Jan 6th). As the OP was resident in Spain at the time, there is no reason that he would not be granted the same liberty.
As far as I can tell, he was not socializing, and had a very, very solitary journey.
Meanwhile, we have people who thoroughly misunderstand vaccines all over the world, making plans to travel ASAP just because they want to and do not understand that the vaccines will not render them biologically non-hazardous to the locals wherever they travel to. And we don't pile on about that.
Had I been living in Spain in December, might I have chosen a solitary walk? Not sure... but it's really not beyond conceiving that I might have.
And, to be honest, the narrative about strangers helping out and forming communion (day 2) made me weep. So thanks, @davidsowers ... and to everyone else who has brought their gentler dispositions with them today.
Thank you, and I'm glad the video struck a chord with you :)
 
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lt56ny

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Not sure why your Jewish religion or heritage is of relevance here, but okay. Thanks for doing your part, sorry you feel this way about my post. Have a good one.
Basically it is because we do t celebrate Christmas. So there is no need for a family gathering. It makes it easy to stay away from being in a big grout 😄. As for New Year’s if I am awake at midnight it is because I had heartburn from what I ate for dinner
 

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...I will certainly do it again someday to experience the social aspect of the camino.
Maybe I am sensing another Camino addict in the making ? ;)

I for one am very happy that you have walked your first Camino at young age: many more young people could benefit greatly from it, in their coming years, in many ways. It's one of my pet peeves.

As for the social aspect, you certainly chose the worst time :)

But next time, socialising with other pilgrims (communal dinners, sharing food/wine/beer), stopping underway for a cold drink (beer), meeting others and sharing opinions and thoughts, is a great enhancement of the walk. If you want to. If not, as you now know, it is perfectly doable alone, if you want to. Personally, I need a combination of both: Walking alone, sometimes with one other I have met, having a cold beer on my own, or maybe with several others, making food alone, reflecting, sometimes with a group (so-called Camino family). Relaxing, maybe reading and planning next day in the afternoon sun.

Despite what impression you may have gotten after 1st day in this Forum, it is a very friendly and helpful place, with loads of interesting and helpful information. Use the Search function, post questions, discuss various topics: It is all here for helping pilgrims forward.

Buen Camino, nuevo amigo!
 
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Totally agree — in fact, @davidsowers said above that he “definitely wants“ to walk the Invierno. So I ask, what better place to learn about it than on a forum whose members have made their very own excellent guide?! Or a forum that has a current thread going stage by stage on the Invierno to help other members who want to keep the daily distances under 25 km?!
 
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Hello all, I completed 13 days on the Camino Francés (starting in Astorga on Christmas day) on January 6th, 2021. It was an unforgettable solo journey with some crazy snow days, especially on the way to O Cebreiro (day 5). I documented the experience using my GoPro and edited all the footage into a movie. Includes timestamps for each day in the description and closed captions. If you have any questions I'd love to answer! Hope you enjoy it!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-4Ky_hcyBw
Super job.
 

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David, I just watched your video and it was really lovely. Being a solitary journey in winter made it special and unique to see. Although I dislike the cold immensely, it made me wish I was walking in your shoes...able to do what you just did.
I loved your interactions with the many dogs; they were all so friendly and seemed to appreciate when you stopped to give them some attention.
I also really enjoyed the choice of music you used for the video and wonder if you would be able to provide a list?
Thanks for sharing your experience of walking the Camino in winter!
 

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David,

Lovely video, watching as I write.

One question: How did you not get lost on way to O’Cebreiro with all that snow covering waymarkers?

I’ve done one winter camino, 2014, never again too cold. Actually, upon reflection, I would have gladly walked in your shoes. A bit jealous of your ability to walk the path just now.

I commend you for a winter pilgrimage done.

Thanks so much for sharing.

Many more caminos in your future I pray.
 
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Thankyou for sharing your stunningly presented winter pilgrimage......a joy to watch and the dogs got lots of well deserved love!
Look forward to the next one👣🐕👣🙏
Thanks for watching! The number of seemingly neglected or at least poorly treated dogs was pretty sad to see, I had to show them love and of course most responded well (especially when I had some spare chorizo, haha).
 

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That video is amazing, just a shame it's not 720p or more -- but that's just nitpicking, it's beautiful.

Thank you !!
It's a shame indeed. I filmed it at 720 but my computer is old and extremely slow and I was afraid downloading the much bigger 720p file from imovie would overheat it. Thanks for watching!
 

davidsowers

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David,

Lovely video, watching as I write.

One question: How did you not get lost on way to O’Cebreiro with all that snow covering waymarkers?

I’ve done one winter camino, 2014, never again too cold. Actually, upon reflection, I would have gladly walked in your shoes. A bit jealous of your ability to walk the path just now.

I commend you for a winter pilgrimage done.

Thanks so much for sharing.

Many more caminos in your future I pray.
Thanks for the kind words! I actually got lucky and someone had walked quite a bit of the way to O Cebreiro earlier that day, between La Faba and La Laguna, IIRC. Although I don't think it would have been a problem, as the path usually had a fence on both sides making it pretty clear where to walk, it was nice to see those other footprints and have some peace of mind.
 

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David, I just watched your video and it was really lovely. Being a solitary journey in winter made it special and unique to see. Although I dislike the cold immensely, it made me wish I was walking in your shoes...able to do what you just did.
I loved your interactions with the many dogs; they were all so friendly and seemed to appreciate when you stopped to give them some attention.
I also really enjoyed the choice of music you used for the video and wonder if you would be able to provide a list?
Thanks for sharing your experience of walking the Camino in winter!
Thanks for watching! All of the music is by Scott Buckley. You can download his incredible arrangements for free at his website: https://www.scottbuckley.com.au/
Day 1: Dreamt of Flying
Day 2: One Falls to the Fire
Day 3: Undertow
Day 4: Filaments
Day 5: This Too Shall Pass
Day 6: Machinery of the Stars
Day 7: Forever Sky
Day 8: Snowfall
Day 9: A New Year
Day 10: Titan
Day 11: Patagonia
Day 12: Sleep
Day 13: Tears of a Distant Sun
 

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Wow... That was amazing David.. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful video... It took me back to when I walked from Leon to Santiago in December 2009... and what an amazing blue sky day to arrive in Santiago... well done and may you have lots of future Caminos.. and take no notice of all the begrudgers!
 
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Wow... That was amazing David.. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful video... It took me back to when I walked from Leon to Santiago in December 2009... and what an amazing blue sky day to arrive in Santiago... well done and may you have lots of future Caminos.. and take no notice of all the begrudgers!
Thank you! And yes, truly was a delight to arrive in Santiago with sunny skies. I used to live there so that detail did not go unappreciated... I'm all too aware of the usual weather this time of year. That's why I moved to the south!
 

filly

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Quite delightful! I especially appreciated the brief daily commentary and shots of selective lodging signs. I will look at dogs in a different way henceforth. Your quotation from the Codex was so apt. Gracias!
 

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I’ve enjoyed watching this bit by bit. One thing that jumped out at me was that so often your camera was on the other side of the road as you walked by. No cars ever passed. Were the streets and roads really this deserted, or did you have to do a lot of retakes? I know that car traffic must be at dramatically lower levels, but I think the only moving vehicle in the whole video is the garbage truck after O’Cebreiro!

That walk up to O’Cebreiro was really something, and I know there are more than a few grandmothers on this site who were thinking — be careful! Of course, knowing you ultimately made it took away the suspense. Beautiful, but that was not a trivial amount of snow to walk through.
 

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Beautiful, but that was not a trivial amount of snow to walk through.
As I watched that part of the video I was thinking of how my memory of walking the trail up to La Faba, then continuing on up to O'C really was exhausting both times, even after being well conditioned by then. I was imagining how it would be ten times more difficult tromping through all that snow.😱...at least David had "youth" on his side.🙃
 

nycwalking

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As I watched that part of the video I was thinking of how my memory of walking the trail up to La Faba, then continuing on up to O'C really was exhausting both times, even after being well conditioned by then. I was imagining how it would be ten times more difficult tromping through all that snow.😱...at least David had "youth" on his side.🙃

I was 39 in fantastic shape when I first walked up that hill and it was doozy.

The hot sun was a force working on my stamina.

David has both youth and testosterone aiding him along that path.

Well done him.
 
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I’ve enjoyed watching this bit by bit. One thing that jumped out at me was that so often your camera was on the other side of the road as you walked by. No cars ever passed. Were the streets and roads really this deserted, or did you have to do a lot of retakes? I know that car traffic must be at dramatically lower levels, but I think the only moving vehicle in the whole video is the garbage truck after O’Cebreiro!

That walk up to O’Cebreiro was really something, and I know there are more than a few grandmothers on this site who were thinking — be careful! Of course, knowing you ultimately made it took away the suspense. Beautiful, but that was not a trivial amount of snow to walk through.
Really good observation! I never did a retake, but I did have to wait every once and a while until a car passed to start walking for the camera. I also edited out the noises of cars approaching in some of the shots to give it a more peaceful feel. There were certainly more cars than the video shows, but definitely far fewer than normal. And yes, the snow plow man became somewhat of a friend throughout the day, as I saw him countless times. You can hear him honking in the video, I think he saw me filming that time and wanted to show off for the camera haha
 
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Thanks for watching! The number of seemingly neglected or at least poorly treated dogs was pretty sad to see, I had to show them love and of course most responded well (especially when I had some spare chorizo, haha).
I’ve observed that dogs are very good judges of (human) character. They sure did love you! Hope you enjoy many future caminos as much as you enjoyed this one.
 
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David, we chromecast your video to the big screen last evening and it was akin to being in a church, quiet, meditative snowy footsteps. Great production and direction, with many more steps than credited due to setting up shots with the GoPro. You were smartly and appropriately outfitted for your journey (impressive). Always seek adventures that open your mind. Felicitaciones y gracias.
 

davidsowers

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David, we chromecast your video to the big screen last evening and it was akin to being in a church, quiet, meditative snowy footsteps. Great production and direction, with many more steps than credited due to setting up shots with the GoPro. You were smartly and appropriately outfitted for your journey (impressive). Always seek adventures that open your mind. Felicitaciones y gracias.
Wish the quality was a bit better, I'm sure it looked a bit grainy on a big screen, but thanks so much for watching and I'm glad you enjoyed it!
 

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Hello all, I completed 13 days on the Camino Francés (starting in Astorga on Christmas day) on January 6th, 2021. It was an unforgettable solo journey with some crazy snow days, especially on the way to O Cebreiro (day 5). I documented the experience using my GoPro and edited all the footage into a movie. Includes timestamps for each day in the description and closed captions. If you have any questions I'd love to answer! Hope you enjoy it!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-4Ky_hcyBw
I want to do this
 
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I was most impressed by the peaceful and beautiful nature of your walk. When your feet started going through the deep snow on the climb up to O'Cebreiro, my heart was in my throat, in spite of knowing that you made it. I know that I wouldn't have. I found myself thinking, "Why don't you have snowshoes?" Light-weight and compact snowshoes are available now. I hope that anyone who is drawn to repeat your climb up to O'Cebreiro in midwinter will consider taking some. I am not experienced enough in winter outdoor travel to know whether they would be useful, but they might help a winter walker stay on the surface.
I was surprised at the number of dogs that were drawn to your affectionate greetings. It is sad to think that so many dogs are on their own in Spain in mid-winter. As you can see, I was really drawn into your film. Thank You.
 

PatCambridge

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Well done David. It looks like it was a lovely journey.
That section to O Cebriero looked pretty nasty though. Good for you to get through that.
 
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Excellent stuff David. Wonderful to see somebody was able to enjoy the Camino while the majority of us can only dream at home. Congratulations. Your actions have likely been far less dangerous or impactful to fellow human beings than most prime ministers/presidents/governments in many countries! 😉 I hope you are busy planning your next trip. I always find the planning to be half the fun 🤓 - I hope you enjoy the forum, I’ve found it to be such a great source of information and its full of warmth from the pilgrim community. The occasional passive aggressive comment on here can be skipped, just like a stage of the Camino if you were suffering with blisters 😆 BC
 

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Hello all, I completed 13 days on the Camino Francés (starting in Astorga on Christmas day) on January 6th, 2021. It was an unforgettable solo journey with some crazy snow days, especially on the way to O Cebreiro (day 5). I documented the experience using my GoPro and edited all the footage into a movie. Includes timestamps for each day in the description and closed captions. If you have any questions I'd love to answer! Hope you enjoy it!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-4Ky_hcyBw
Well done!
 
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Awesome and well done. When we are living under these onerous restrictions on travel, it was delightful to be taken back to the freedom of the Camino. Look forward to seeing your next video!
 
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Well done, David. Impressive feat ( I assume you are well versed in hiking in deep snow, or you would/should never have risked that hairraising O Cebreiro bit) and I liked your cinematography and background music! Thanks for the armchair travel!
 

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Oh, how welcoming we all are to this new member on his first day in the forums.

While I certainly wouldn't be walking right now (or a month ago), and I wouldn't support flouting local restrictions, I'm not sure what those were in Spain back in December when the OP started to walk. I know that they were tightened up again a couple of weeks after Christmas, when the effects of Christmas get-togethers started to be noticed, but that would be when this pilgrimage was done. I'm willing to extend the benefit of the doubt that the OP did not knowingly flout local regulations.

As to whether it was a Pilgrimage or an adventure, who is to say it can't be both? And I try not to set myself up as a judge of what constitutes Pilgrimage. If someone tells me they are doing a pilgrimage, you won't find me disagreeing (although I have occasionally silently disagreed when people assert they are not doing a pilgrimage).

Someone has come to us to share his pilgrimage experience. That's what these forums are set up for. We are here to support each other. Now, I'm not saying that support can't involve challenging someone, or taking them to task for something they have done. But I find that kind of support is most, well, supportive, when it is someone that you know and have a relationship with of sorts. Not someone you have just met.

That's just my $0.02 CDN, having read what I've seen on this thread so far. Your mileage may vary.
I have to agree with you on this one.
Buen Camino! Thanks for sharing the video.
What are some insights/lessons learned from your experience?
 

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David, A fantastic journey! Thanks for sharing your trip!!!! You are obviously young and strong. I got only small touch of snow in 2018 and can't imagine how exhausting that would have been. Very nice video and you certainly got an experience very few will ever see. The solitude and reflection time must have been great.
Thanks again,
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David, I echo those who appreciated your artistic talent and your willingness to pilgrimage - a new adventure - when others might be / where others might be unwilling to go. I note two things: one that there were almost no travelers / others to endanger (so much for the fear factor); and also that there was only one day that was really not a good part of the journey. No matter your purpose, as someone who has pilgrimaged alone 2/3 of the time, I really hope it was a "buen camino." I could easily see it was fulfilling. [ I note, too, that you were on top of the weather! ]
 
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Hello all, I completed 13 days on the Camino Francés (starting in Astorga on Christmas day) on January 6th, 2021. It was an unforgettable solo journey with some crazy snow days, especially on the way to O Cebreiro (day 5). I documented the experience using my GoPro and edited all the footage into a movie. Includes timestamps for each day in the description and closed captions. If you have any questions I'd love to answer! Hope you enjoy it!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-4Ky_hcyBw
Wonderful video David I did the same walk in 2019 I recognise nearly every step you took and the places you stayed.
When I got to Santiago I didn't want to stop so I went on to Fisterra and Muxia I still get flashbacks everyday, the wanderlust never stops, well done.
 
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Thank you for your video and a chance for some armchair travel this morning - especially to see this part of the camino in winter. O'Cebreiro...gosh!!! Some stunningly beautiful images. I've been longing for some snow here on west coast Canada.

In addition to @alexwalker 's questions, I'm curious to know how you were received by the local people as you walked through in these times.

"Longing for snow here on the west coast of Canada" What is your address? I'll send you some snow from Ontario. ;)
 

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OK.... there is probably very little that I can add to what some members AND some moderators already expressed! Very briefly, IMHO, there is absolutely no need to 'pile on', to every WHY? questions there is but one answer which is BECAUSE! (and for better or worse - take however you like it) and (as I have alluded previously in some of my posts) if there is something that spending 13 years in Reenactment\Living History of American Civil War community taught me is that "We all have ONE Sacred Right and that is To Agree to Disagree". So thats that!

David - your video is beautiful as a documentary and an art work! I reflected on one of your opening phrases when you said something to the fact of "its not like I am spending this day opening X-mas presents"... OH BUT YOU DID, my friend! 😊 Probably one of the GREATEST Xmas presents you could've ever open! What a Journey, what an Adventure, What a PILGRIMAGE! What a testament to your Will and Perseverance (yeah... that Day 5 is truly insane.... I usually call something like this 'surreal' 😵 )
Just UNBELIEVABLE! ...and yes I am somewhat envious

Thank you so much for sharing it with us! ULTREIA! 👍
 
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Bravo, David! I couldn't help but notice that our poses at the Cathedral were the same but for the poles. I admire what you undertook in the middle of winter. I hiked the Camino in the spring of 2017, and lived it again vicariously through your paths taken, personable narration, and well crafted video. Thank you for sharing this with the Forum. It is an everlasting memory for you and for us as well. Saludos!
 

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Hello all, I completed 13 days on the Camino Francés (starting in Astorga on Christmas day) on January 6th, 2021. It was an unforgettable solo journey with some crazy snow days, especially on the way to O Cebreiro (day 5). I documented the experience using my GoPro and edited all the footage into a movie. Includes timestamps for each day in the description and closed captions. If you have any questions I'd love to answer! Hope you enjoy it!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-4Ky_hcyBw
I loved your video! So well done. Brought back many fond memories of places along your route. Thanks so much for sharing this so we too could vicariously enjoy your Camino.

Your crossing of O Cebreiro reminded me of my crossing of the pass at Puerto de la Fuenfría on the Madrid Camino in March of 2019. I was anticipating (and prepared for) snow, but fortunately there was little compared to your crossing.


Hello all, I completed 13 days on the Camino Francés (starting in Astorga on Christmas day) on January 6th, 2021. It was an unforgettable solo journey with some crazy snow days, especially on the way to O Cebreiro (day 5). I documented the experience using my GoPro and edited all the footage into a movie. Includes timestamps for each day in the description and closed captions. If you have any questions I'd love to answer! Hope you enjoy it!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-4Ky_hcyBw
 
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What a Christmas gift you gave yourself, and what a gift you have given those of us on the other side of the world. Have watched your video from the sunshine and heat of Australia - thank you.
 

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Hello all, I completed 13 days on the Camino Francés (starting in Astorga on Christmas day) on January 6th, 2021. It was an unforgettable solo journey with some crazy snow days, especially on the way to O Cebreiro (day 5). I documented the experience using my GoPro and edited all the footage into a movie. Includes timestamps for each day in the description and closed captions. If you have any questions I'd love to answer! Hope you enjoy it!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-4Ky_hcyBw
Thanks for sharing your Camino David, it looked hard walking through knee deep snow. Cheers Tony
 

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Hello all, I completed 13 days on the Camino Francés (starting in Astorga on Christmas day) on January 6th, 2021. It was an unforgettable solo journey with some crazy snow days, especially on the way to O Cebreiro (day 5). I documented the experience using my GoPro and edited all the footage into a movie. Includes timestamps for each day in the description and closed captions. If you have any questions I'd love to answer! Hope you enjoy it!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-4Ky_hcyBw
Due to tech problems with my laptop, I recently lost all of my 2017 CF photos. I also walked in winter, arriving in Santiago on NYE. Your film brought back so many lost memories. Thanks so much for sharing.
 

DonnaS18

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Hello all, I completed 13 days on the Camino Francés (starting in Astorga on Christmas day) on January 6th, 2021. It was an unforgettable solo journey with some crazy snow days, especially on the way to O Cebreiro (day 5). I documented the experience using my GoPro and edited all the footage into a movie. Includes timestamps for each day in the description and closed captions. If you have any questions I'd love to answer! Hope you enjoy it!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-4Ky_hcyBw
I loved walking your journey as it was SO different from my own. I never realised how different the season/ weather and also Covid would make it. A much more solitary experience, different but still beautiful.
I went in September- October and only experienced 1 day of partial rain. Congratulations - go another time I’m sure it too will be very different.
 
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I have to agree with you on this one.
Buen Camino! Thanks for sharing the video.
What are some insights/lessons learned from your experience?
Growing up as a Boy Scout the motto "Be Prepared" was drilled into my head. I'm so glad it was because this trip reaffirmed to me that preparation is key when taking on big tasks like this. Also, although cliché, I kept reminding myself to always appreciate the little things. There are so many small touches along the Camino, whether it be an inspiring piece of public art in a tunnel or "O Labrinto de Samos," and it's okay to sacrifice some time to stop and appreciate these little things.
 
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Hi David, thanks for sharing your amazing experience, you made the Camino look magical in winter (although I could never do it, I love the warmth). I appreciate the extra steps you took each day in extreme weather to create this wonderful memory for yourself & us too. I see you were prepared with the correct clothing etc and never felt you were being irresponsible. The days walk thru the snow must have been challenging to say the least. Your interaction with the dogs reminded me strongly of my brother (who I've walked with along 3 different full caminos), He cannot resist stopping to pat a dog and share his love, does it with donkeys too.
I'd been thinking about plus you've helped to inspire me to do another (6th) camino even though I thought my Norde was to be my last. Never say never is what I'm learning.
 

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Hello, after such diverse response to the video, my question will be a bit dull. What gear did you take with you and what would you recommend. Thanks
Thanks for the question!
-2 pairs of synthetic long underwear (both top and bottom) as base layers- alternate days wearing
-One warmer skin-tight synthetic shirt that I wore every day over the thin base layer
-One loose fitting synthetic long sleeve shirt
-2 synthetic short sleeve shirts
-One pair of rain resistant, fleece-lined hiking pants (mine were fairly cheap Boriken ones and were great)
-Two pairs of warm (but fairly thin) thermalite socks to wear under the thicker hiking socks- these were essential. They kept my feet warm and dry and comfortable.
-Two pairs wool hiking socks
-Warm beanie- this was essential
-Neck covering thing that can be brought up over nose/face for more warmth
-Nice rain jacket which of course protected from rain but also from wind which was important to stay warm
-Fleece jacket (I barely ever wore this during the day because my base layers and rain jacket did a great job of keeping me warm once I started walking, but I did sleep in it sometimes due to cold albergues)
-3 pairs synthetic underwear
-1 Pair of cotton pants, 1 cotton long sleeve shirt, and 1 pair cotton socks to change into at the albergue
-Small, light sleeping bag (a warmer one would have definitely been better, I did get cold at night a couple times, luckily since I was the only one at the albergues I would ask for a blanket and they would usually have one)
-40 liter backpack and rain cover. I bought the cheapest one I could find for like 25 euro and it did the job, but if I were walking more than two weeks I would have gone for a nicer model for more comfort and outside pockets)
-Hiking boots with water resistant tech (not super nice like Goretex so the water would eventually penetrate through but my feet were always fine due to the socks)
-Old pair of tennis shoes
-Cheap poncho for extra rain protection for both body and backpack
-Warm gloves (essential) that were also somewhat water resistant but would usually be wet by the end of the day, first thing I'd do at the albergue is put my socks, gloves, and boots on or next to the heater to dry
-As far as non-clothing gear not all that much. A bare-bones first aid kit with bandaids and athletic tape, Gold bond, lots of Ibuprofen, bar of soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, phone, ipad, and gopro with chargers, and a portable charger in case of emergency. Think that's it! I probably over packed a little with the clothes but I wanted to make sure I'd be warm and dry.
 
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Hello all, I completed 13 days on the Camino Francés (starting in Astorga on Christmas day) on January 6th, 2021. It was an unforgettable solo journey with some crazy snow days, especially on the way to O Cebreiro (day 5). I documented the experience using my GoPro and edited all the footage into a movie. Includes timestamps for each day in the description and closed captions. If you have any questions I'd love to answer! Hope you enjoy it!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-4Ky_hcyBw

Thank you for sharing your video, very nice.
 
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Full Camino, St Jean Pied de Port - Santiago de Compostela and on to Finisterre, planning now from Friday 25 August 2017 to Monday 2 October 2017
Hello all, I completed 13 days on the Camino Francés (starting in Astorga on Christmas day) on January 6th, 2021. It was an unforgettable solo journey with some crazy snow days, especially on the way to O Cebreiro (day 5). I documented the experience using my GoPro and edited all the footage into a movie. Includes timestamps for each day in the description and closed captions. If you have any questions I'd love to answer! Hope you enjoy it!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-4Ky_hcyBw
Having walked the Camino Frances five times during summer/autumn months, I watched your video all the way through. I found it intriguing, no people, no traffic, bad weather and conditions. You found the dogs to be friends. No indication how you eat and slept. You are a strong young man, in mind and body, well done.
I will not enter into the discussion on completing the Camino at this time during a Covid Global Pandemic.
Well done, stay safe.
 

davidsowers

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Past OR future Camino
2021
Having walked the Camino Frances five times during summer/autumn months, I watched your video all the way through. I found it intriguing, no people, no traffic, bad weather and conditions. You found the dogs to be friends. No indication how you eat and slept. You are a strong young man, in mind and body, well done.
I will not enter into the discussion on completing the Camino at this time during a Covid Global Pandemic.
Well done, stay safe.
Thank you! I wish a could have included more of the food but the video was getting a little too long, so I decided to leave most of it out. I tried to eat mostly local dishes- plenty of pulpo, caldo gallego, bacalao for dinner, usually just a sandwich and chocolate on the road during the day.
 
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2017
Thanks so much for watching and for your kind response, Arn! It was an amazing trip. And my mom (and my other Strava followers- a fitness app) would have gotten very concerned had I not updated them at the end of each day's walk :)
David: Thanks for the video which offered many pleasant memories. And, speaking as a parent, thanks for keeping in touch with your mom while you were on your Camino; she clearly raised a strong, confident and courteous son. While I concur with some of the commenters, I admire the way you responded to criticism.

Question about your Spanish, in which you seem fluent: is that your family language or did you learn/study in school? Were you studying in Santiago for the six-months pre-Covid, or just working/living there?
 

davidsowers

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2021
David: Thanks for the video which offered many pleasant memories. And, speaking as a parent, thanks for keeping in touch with your mom while you were on your Camino; she clearly raised a strong, confident and courteous son. While I concur with some of the commenters, I admire the way you responded to criticism.

Question about your Spanish, in which you seem fluent: is that your family language or did you learn/study in school? Were you studying in Santiago for the six-months pre-Covid, or just working/living there?
Hi, thanks for watching! I studied Spanish in school, spent six months in Santiago, Chile studying, six months in Santiago, Spain working, and now I've been living and working in Huelva, Spain for six months. So between all of that I am now quite proficient!
 
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