Should I take an umbrella for my Camino de Santiago?


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?

. . . but – even though mine only weighs 138g – it’s still 138g more than I really want to carry . . .

What do people think?

Read the conversation on umbrella on the Camino de Santiago here.

Am I the only one who won’t walk in the rain?

Am I the only one who won't walk in the rain?

The question was:

I learned on my last long-distance hike that I *hate* walking in the rain. This was reconfirmed yesterday when it started pouring during one of my training hikes. It kind of sealed the deal that, as much as possible, I will not be walking the camino when it’s raining. I’ll either hunker down in a town for a couple days (assuming there’s enough there to keep me interested) or cab ahead. I refuse to spend hours cold, wet and miserable slogging through the rain. I keep reading about people walking day after day in the rain and I can’t believe I’m the only one who isn’t willing to do that…

NOTE: I may be overly-sensitive about the rain given what the recent tropical storm/hurricane has done to the weather patterns here… :)

Read the good advice on walking the Camino de Santiago in the rain here.