Camino de Santiago
Eight months ago my husband Scott and I made our decision and committed to walking 500 miles on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. We decided on the French Route, which we will begin in Saint Jean Pied de Port, France. Click here to read our first Camino post.
The past eight months have involved many conversations about gear and what we need to bring along to make our journey comfortable without carrying too much weight.
Picking the perfect shoe has been a bit difficult. I really like my Oboz hiking shoes, but I still get hot spots after walking six miles. That is even with a wool sock and liner. My Oboz will be great in the rain or on muddy terrain. I hiked in the snow with them this past winter and my feet stayed dry the entire time! I have also purchased a pair of Hoka One One’s. They have been excellent so far, no blisters or hot spots, even hiking thirteen miles! The only issue I have with the Hoka, is they won’t do well in wet conditions. This all leads me to most likely bringing two pairs of shoes on my Camino.
Scott has done well picking out his hiking shoes. He has the Hoka One One and loves them. He will buy a new pair just before we leave since we will be putting so many miles on them this summer. He may purchase a pair of hiking sandals in case of rain.
I was fortunate to be contacted by RideBooker, a company who provides ground transportation across North America. They will be providing us with our transportation to the airport in San Francisco and back home again. It will be great partnering with RideBooker because San Francisco is two hours away and leaving my car at the airport for six weeks is not an option.
Another really positive thing to come out of our Camino preparation is that Osprey Packs has sponsored me with a beautiful 36 litre Kyte pack. This pack will be perfect to walk with and is light weight. I have used Osprey for years and own a 65 litre pack as well as one of their day packs.
Scott still needs to buy his pack. Of course it will be Osprey, but they have so many options he needs to make a decision soon! Click here for the Osprey Packfinder.
The last thing we need to decide before our trip is what sleeping bags we need. We would both love a down filled ultra-lite bag. They compress down and weigh under two pounds.
My full pack needs to weigh less than 13 pounds so I can manage it on my back every day for six weeks.
We have started our training this past month, hiking 10-13 miles once a week. We also complete smaller hikes and practice yoga on a regular basis. Scott had ACL replacement surgery on his knee a few months ago, so he needs to gradually increase his mileage. A few weeks before our departure, we will hike with our fully loaded packs and work out any issues we may have.
We are so excited to walk the Camino and begin this crazy adventure! We will have no reservations, no hair dryer, make-up or work stress for six weeks! We will be leaving in about two months, our departure date is September 7, 2016.
Have you walked the Camino de Santiago or a similar long trek? Do you have any advice to give? I would love to hear it.