The question was: I’m tempted to take an umbrella. I’ve found them useful in the past when it is raining – especially for evenings/rest days. I also wondered – for this trip – if one might be useful on those bits where you have to walk in the sun and there is no shade? ….
The question was: I’ve got a long ‘altus type’ poncho (a thinner one), and was thinking of taking a cheap rain jacket as well to wear to keep the wind off and if it’s cold but not actually raining. I can’t imagine walking around in the long poncho unless it’s raining, and I don’t think…
TIP: Sillydoll made a post on the topic of raincoats and ponchos for the Camino de Santiago back in October 2007 that created a long and good discussion (218 replies so far). Very good advice!
Good rain gear is important since Galicia is known for its rain. Especially in the fall, winter and spring. The Altus poncho (picture) seems to be a favorite among many pilgrims. Have a look at the rain gear discussion over in the forum for details.
Ponchos have been recommended in the Camino forum since they give the protection fro the rain, but also let air flow underneath so the heat your body produces can get out. I have always preferred using a rain jacket and trousers to a poncho. In Late August we set off from Roncesvalles in torrential rain….