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Questions about the Camino de Santiago…here are the answers!

Here is a great link that will answer any question you may have about the Camino de Santiago:

http://www.caminodesantiago.me/45-faqs-on-the-camino-de-santiago/

Buen Camino

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Slowly adding additional items for our hike

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Our plan is to acquire all the necessary equipment and clothing to make our journey as successful as possible. So far we have picked up some great deals on weatherproof outerwear on our local Craigslist. The clothing we purchased was like new at about 25% of the original cost.

We have decided that since we have such a long time to plan, we would only purchase retail items which were on sale for 20% or greater. Our local Denver REI superstore has been our retail outdoors store of choice for the past 15 years. Thus far we have acquired our packs (Deuter); poles (Komperdell); outerwear (Nike and Outdoor Research); UV protected hats (OR); and clothing from REI. So far Mark has his mid ankle hiking boots selected (Vasque) and is the process of breaking them in. Sandy is still in the selection phase for her shoes as we really want to be sure they fit perfectly for her. REI is a great store for hiking shoe purchases. They will let you test hike shoes on the trail and return them at no cost if they don’t fit your individual needs.

Recently, we made the purchase for our method of carrying water on the Camino. Most blogs suggest the Camelbak style systems versus water bottles. So, we jumped on an REI 20% off sale and bought a couple of three liter reservoirs. Most of the guides recommend the two liter systems, but Mark drinks a lot on the trail plus we figure it is always better to have too much and not use it than too little and need it. We will fill them up to 3 liters at first and see what we consume and adjust downward from there.

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Learning about the Camino

For me, one of the neatest aspects of taking on our camino adventure is how it stimulates learning. First of all, finding out what is the country is like, it’s climate, terrain, culture, food, lodging, etc. Then, what does one need to bring along to make the experience as enjoyable as possible.

Interestingly enough, I find the planning of huge vacations or events can be just as much fun as the experience itself. Knowing, of course, that we are sure to forget something or get lost somewhere. But in our past travel experiences, the times we were “lost” or forgot something important seem to be the most memorable experiences we’ve had. It sounds funny, but it is true.

When learning about the camino, we have found that one of the most effective ways to learn is through those who have already experienced it. Why try to reinvent the wheel? There are many camino blogs out there, but I will use our blog to highlight those exceptional blogs where we have learned quite a bit.

Here is a link to a great blog:

http://caminosantiago2.blogspot.com/

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Great web resource for hiking the Camino

We continue to gain valuable information from the Camino de Santiago Forum. The latest is a summary of where pilgrims started from on their Camino Frances journey. Most folks hike the final 100k from Sarria, which is the closest location to Santiago you may start to receive your compostella. In addition, this page contains rankings from the alburgues along the way. Good information to avoid bad hostels and bad experiences.

http://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/forums/camino-frances.12/

Buen Camino

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Great web resource for hiking the Camino

We continue to gain valuable information from the Camino de Santiago Forum. The latest is a summary of where pilgrims started from on their Camino Frances journey. Most folks hike the final 100k from Sarria, which is the closest location to Santiago you may start from to receive your compostella. In addition, this page contains rankings from the alburgues along the way. Good information to avoid bad hostels and bad experiences.

http://www.caminodesantiago.me/camino-frances/

Buen Camino

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March and April on the Camino

Sandy and I are planning on hiking our pilgrimage on the Camino starting in late March and finishing in early May. We have had some questions as to the weather, if anyone else will be on the trail and if the alburgues are open. Well, this link to the Santiago forum pretty much answered all of the questions we had. Here it is for your perusal:

http://www.caminodesantiago.me/board/el-camino-frances/topic15639.html?sid=efeff39adac917eb8f2ce37cafd1216c

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Sandy on the trail with her Deuter 60+10 Lite pack system

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February 9, 2013 · 18:13