Hi Annie, having seen your message,on fear of having stick stolen,now iam glad i took a stick that disconnects into two pieces,for the above reason,so as to fit inside my rucksac at night time,in the alburgue.I did the Camino this June/July,and need to get back there as soon as pos,talking aboutAnniesantiago said:I've done it both ways. In 2006 I bought a stick in SJPP and it served me just fine.
Last year, I took my Pacer Poles, and I loved using them, but it was a bit of a responsibility and in one case, I chose to seek other lodging rather than not be allowed to carry them into the alburgue. The fear of having them stolen was a fear I didn't like.
Next Camino, I"ll probably just buy another stick.