Why do so many start in Saint Jean Pied de Port?

The question was: Considering the complications to get to S.Jean Pied de Port, especially for anyone landing in Spain or coming from Spain/Portugal/Southern France, I always wonder why so many of these people want to start their Camino in SJPP! I remember that when I was a hospitalera, I always gave a “congratulations” type comment…

To cross the Pyrenees or not?

The question was: I will be undertaking my first camino and begin from St Jean on the 21st April..I have just read somewhere you should be a experienced hill walker to cross the first stage of the camino…which i am not and have not had much time to train etc. Im 29 and reasonably fit….