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Blister Prevention for the Camino de Santiago

What’s the most common injury experienced on the Camino de Santiago? Without doubt, foot blisters! They’re painful. They’re frustrating. They take precious time, effort and skill to look after. They make you walk differently and that can stir up other aches and pains. They can get infected, and wind you up in hospital! Blisters have the potential to spoil your Camino experience! Whether it’s your first time, or you’re returning and hoping your feet can complete the journey less battered and bruised, you’ll probably do some blister research before you leave. Thankfully, there is an enormous amount of blister advice and [...]

November 14th, 2016|Camino Articles|4 Comments

Blisters, Bedbugs and Backaches – Finding Clarity on the Camino

In May 2012, I clicked SEND and put in play a turn of events and a journey that would change my life forever. In my sixth decade and in good health, I knew this was the time. With that SEND, I purchased my air ticket to Spain to walk the Camino de Santiago. While I had heard a little about the Camino over the years, it was a book by Guy Thatcher called A Journey of Days that really whet my appetite. I thought “I can do this!” and I promptly began reading and researching everything about the Camino. With each new [...]

May 27th, 2016|Camino Articles|37 Comments

Newbie Mistakes on The Camino de Santiago

To be honest, I wanted to get your attention with the title of this blog post. I guess it worked if you are reading this now :) Great. Now that we are here I would like to clear something up which is of high importance to me. The word "mistake" in the blog title is not really right. I rather try to see things as experiences and experiments instead of mistakes. This gives more space and helps us to go out and try more things because we are not so afraid of failure. By doing so I am convinced we will [...]

May 12th, 2016|Camino Articles|1 Comment

Celebrate Your Retirement and Walk The Camino!

This is a post from Des O'Dowd, thanks. I retired on the 1st of September 2008 and I wanted to celebrate my new life and new freedom. The Camino de Santiago was the challenge and adventure I needed. So in late September, like children going on a school tour, myself and my fellow retiree Pat McEvoy arrived in Dublin Airport with our rucksacks packed. We flew to Biarritz and two hours later were in the beautiful village of St. Jean Pied de Port on the French side of the Pyrenees. Our adventure had begun.   First Day from St Jean [...]

April 25th, 2016|Camino Articles|0 Comments

Getting Walking Fit for the Camino

How fit do I have to be to walk the Camino de Santiago?  This is one of the questions I am most asked.  The answer to this has a lot to do with other issues. How long do you want to take? Are you walking the whole way? If you have a lot of time say 40 days or more you don’t need to have good fitness, you can risk getting fit as you walk, this is what most people do – this however is not a good or advisable strategy for looking after you body, finishing, or reducing the inevitable [...]

January 25th, 2016|Camino Articles|62 Comments

Camino Primitivo – Oveido to Santiago de Compostela

Stage Five: Primitivo Oveido to Santiago, May 2nd to May 14th We were flying by now. Yes our feet still hurt and at the end of the longest day of the whole trip, (41km, a choice so I didn’t have to stay in a dormitory...), I thought I would die. But the next day our bodies were as good as new. I was the fittest I had ever been, no knees problems, bunion issues or back complaints. Light shoes still going strong. The end was in sight and it was all at once exciting, amazing and scary. We’d been doing this [...]

November 17th, 2015|Camino Articles|0 Comments

Saint Jean Pied de Port to Hendaye then Hondarribia to Oveido

Stage Three: GR 10 Saint Jean Pied de Port to Hendaye April 5th to April 10th This section wasn’t strictly the Compostela/ Camino. One of our hosts who only allowed you to stay if you carried your pack the whole way told us it would be fine to do this by train, but while we intended to take it a bit easier we walked. The weather was extraordinary. An early summer had hit the region. No snow and brilliant blue skies and 28 C (75 F). In Biddarray on the first night we went to Hotel Ostape (amazing. We did take [...]

November 15th, 2015|Camino Articles|0 Comments

Cluny to Le Puy on the Chemin de St Jacques

Stage One: Chemin de St Jacques Cluny to Le Puy, February 17th to March 3rd It seemed we were destined to walk the Camino. Well, in retrospect. I had six months long service leave and we had a house in France. Okay we could have stayed and enjoyed the local food, wine and terroire but from the first time we saw the scallop shell on a lamp post in Tramayes, which our house is on the outskirts of, we were hooked. Enough to do a one day course back home that told us the dos and don’ts of the Camino, to buy [...]

November 9th, 2015|Camino Articles|2 Comments

The Days before arriving at Santiago de Compostela

It’s easy to find out how to start off on the trek along the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. There are lots of inspiring pictures showing happy pilgrims making those final steps toward the Cathedral’s double stairway at the end of their pilgrimage. What happens between those two milestones?  I’d like to tell you how to handle that intermediary period, the days when you are working toward your physical, mental, and spiritual goals. This is the period where the pilgrim’s initial commitment and enthusiasm starts to be tested by some challenges and difficulties. This is the period when [...]

October 25th, 2015|Camino Articles|15 Comments

Why I am Hiking the Camino Frances Again

Hello Camino friends I was recently reading the Camino Forums and felt inspired to write a little about my pilgrimage down the Camino Francis and why I chose to hike it again the next year, before I had even finished my first one. I first heard about El Camino de Santiago from a friend whom I went on a yearly trek with. We had climbed the peaks Mt. Chirropo in Costa Rica, went to the depths of the earth together to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and hiked the ancient Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. So, it was only fitting [...]

August 17th, 2015|Camino Articles|29 Comments

Camino de Santiago Frances Last Section – Part 3

This is the third post of three, the first is Walking the Camino Frances, and the second is the middle part of the Camino Frances. These are the last of the email compilations from Douglas and Christine Ball's journey on the Camino Frances during 2015. The text below cover the last section of about 155 miles. Day 27 Vega de Valcarce to Fonfria Well you just cannot tell how it's going to be. We were anticipating a really hard day with significant climbs; our guide book said this was the hardest day on the route. In fact there were climbs, but [...]

July 29th, 2015|Camino Articles|2 Comments

Camino Frances Middle Section – Part 2

This is a continuation of the emails of Gordon and Christine Ball's time on the Camino Frances during 2015. This section covers the middle stages of the Camino Frances. You can read the first part here - Walking the Camino Frances, and the next section the Last stages of the Camino Frances. Day 16 Hontanas to Boadilla del Camino  Thank you to all those who have sent birthday greetings to me for today, and also to those who sent cards before we left, Christine has carried them and given them to me today, (note I now carry them!). It was very kind if [...]

July 28th, 2015|Camino Articles|2 Comments

Walking the Camino Frances

In 2015, two pilgrims to undertake the Camino Frances walk were Douglas and Christine Ball, from Gateshead in the north east of England. Here is their personal story of ‘Walking the Camino'.  (I have split this into three parts as it amounts to 20,000 words and would make for a very slow loading and long page). The next two post are the middle section of the Camino Frances and last part, the last section on the Camino Frances.   Day 1: Newcastle to Biarritz and St Jean Pied de Port Well, we have started the journey, slight pre nerves when we discovered [...]

July 27th, 2015|Camino Articles|5 Comments

Cycling the Camino Frances

My name is Ineke and I'm from The Netherlands. The idea of experiencing the Camino started about two years ago. I saw the movie 'The Way' with Martin Sheen and I guess it triggered something. The idea of emptying my head and the physical challenge appealed. I first considered walking, but that was never really an option. I'm physically challenged, there was no way that I was able to hike the Camino with a backpack. So I started looking for other options and I came across someone who had cycled the Camino Frances. She started in the Netherlands and went all [...]

June 22nd, 2015|Camino Articles|2 Comments

Ruta Via de la Plata, A Very Rough Guide

Many are aware that the Camino de Santiago is an ancient Christian pilgrims route with Santiago de Compostela as its final destination.  What most folk don't realise until they've been and walked the Way, is that it's only one of many pilgrimage route to Santiago. Each Camino de Santiago has its own name; thus the most popular route which enters from the SW of France is known as the Camino Francès. The Ruta or Via de la Plata approaches from the south of Spain and has an interesting history pre-dating the Camino phenomena.  Already before the Romans made the Iberian peninsula [...]

May 4th, 2015|Camino Articles|4 Comments