Leslie Gilmour

I love hiking. From the Camino de Santiago to the West Highland Way in Scotland or simply a great day hike on the weekend. Hiking refreshes me, my mind, and keeps my body reasonably fit. So far I have walked three Camino routes and many other long distance hikes in the UK, Canada, and around the rest of Europe. One of the best was my hike up Ben Nevis.

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Blister Prevention for the Camino de Santiago

What’s the most common injury experienced on the Camino de Santiago? Without a 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 the hospital!

Blisters have the potential to spoil your Camino experience!

Thermoflask

Thermoflask vs Hydro Flask

Thermoflask and Hydro Flask offer some of the best bottles on the market. If you’re a serious hiker looking for

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Fifty/Fifty vs Hydro Flask Water Bottles Review

Fifty/Fifty vs Hydro Flask: two of the biggest players in hiking water bottles. They make expertly-insulated products that are capable of keeping your liquids both cold and hot.

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A Typical Day on the Camino

My typical day on the Camino de Santiago started about 6am. I was a mature student before hiking the on the Camino de Santiago for the first time; at that time I would have been doing well if I was awake before 9am, (I had got into student life and loved it). So six in the morning was initially shocking, however, I easily got used to the early morning.

Salomon vs Oboz

Salomon vs Oboz: Which Brand Is Better?

If your search for ideal trekking footwear has boiled down to boots and shoes made by Salomon vs Oboz, this comparison will be of great help.

Keen vs Oboz

Keen vs Oboz: Hiking Shoe Comparison

If you can’t decide which brand to go for, this detailed Keen vs Oboz hiking shoe comparison will undoubtedly help you make the right choice.

Camino Frances Route outside Pamplona

The Spiritual Aspects of the Camino de Santiago

This is a transcript of a talk I was asked to give at an information session on walking the Camino, presented in September 2016 and sponsored by the Albuquerque, New Mexico Chapter of The American Friends of the Camino.

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Two Weeks on the Camino de Santiago

A quick trip is not something you can expect from Camino de Santiago. With routes going up to several hundred kilometers, a pilgrimage typically lasts 4 to 6 weeks on foot.

If you don’t have the luxury to travel for extended periods, or if you’re unable (or don’t want) to walk long distances, you can still do the Camino.

Hiking Alternatives to the Camino de Santiago

12 Hiking Alternatives to the Camino de Santiago

The pandemic canceled many hikers’ plans to walking Camino, but you can still enjoy a new adventure walking one of the alternatives to the Camino de Santiago.

Pilgrims on the Way of St James

How Fit do You have to be to Walk the Camino?

I think I am a terrible example of getting fit before walking the Camino de Santiago.  I walked only once for about 3 hours, with a rucksack, to see how I would be walking before going to Spain.  I did have some hill walking experience, though not a lot.  I would have walked in the Wicklow hills about twice per month in the two years previous to my first Camino, that was it in total.

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Best Hiking Shoes

Finding the best hiking shoes within your budget can sometimes take quite a while. However, I have hiked 1,000’s of miles and can almost tell …

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Camino del Norte

How Long is the Camino de Santiago?

There are many different Camino de Santiago routes. The routes in Spain are the most popular with varying different lengths. The four main routes in France are becoming more popular.

Hydro Cell vs Iron Flask

Hydro Cell vs Iron Flask

These two drinkware brands are held in high regard by hikers. Want to know which one is better for you? Check out this Hydro Cell vs Iron Flask comparison.

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Iron Flask vs Takeya

If you are not sure which of these two water bottle brands to go with, this Iron Flask vs Takeya comparison will be of great help.

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Iron Flask vs Thermoflask

If your search for the best stainless steel bottle brand has narrowed down to Iron Flask vs Thermoflask, you’re in the right place.

Iron Flask vs Yeti

Iron Flask vs Yeti: Which Water Bottle Is Better?

If the search for your first stainless steel bottle has narrowed down to only two brands – Iron Flask vs Yeti, you’re in the right place.

Waterproof jackets

How to Choose Waterproofs for the Camino de Santiago

This is the third post in my series about walking gear for the Camino, the first is how to choose the best hiking boots or lightweight hiking shoes, the second is how to choose a backpack. This is a general article on waterproofs – the age-old discussion about a waterproof jacket or poncho continues on the forum.

Chaco hiking sandals

Keen vs Chaco Sports Sandals

Can’t decide whether to get Chaco or Keen hiking sandals? This product comparison will help you pick the best pair of hiking sandals for your needs.

Trail Runners vs Hiking Shoes

Trail Runners vs Hiking Shoes

We will be taking an in-depth look at trail runners vs hiking shoes and explain to you the key differences between these two types of hiking footwear.

backpacking quilt vs sleeping bag

Backpacking Quilt vs Sleeping Bag: Which One is Better?

Backpacking Quilt vs Sleeping Bag which is the best for camping? It depends – is it one night, a long hike, is it warm weather, cold weather, inside or out. It really does depend.

Pilgrims passport

Where Can I Get a Pilgrims Passport?

A pilgrim’s passport is a must on any of the Camino de Santiago routes, (also known as a credential), you must have one to stay in the municipal and parish Albergues, some of the private albergues do not require one.

The passport will have spaces for sellos, (stamps), this proves that you have walked that day and are entitled to stay in an Albergue, (pilgrims only hostels), if there is space, they are valid for walkers and cyclist.

keen vs teva

Teva vs Keen – The Ultimate Sports Sandals

Due to their open-ended design, hike sandals are breathable, extremely packable, and also weigh a lot less than your regular hiking shoes or hiking boots.

Ploy bag liner

Best Sleeping Bag Liners

The best sleeping bag liners can be used all year in different situations.  If it is very hot, you only need the liner and not a sleeping bag.

Camino in winter

What is Best Time to Walk the Camino de Santiago?

This is one of the questions I get asked most frequently, what is the best time of year to walk the Camino de Santiago. Usually, though people are asking about the Camino Frances to Santiago, and for that reason that is the route this post refers to.

Salomon vs North Face Hiking

Salomon vs North Face Hiking Shoes

Next to roasting marshmallows over a fire and fishing down at the lake, it’s hard to come up with a more iconic outdoor activity than hiking.

Camino Albergue

Bed Bugs on the Camino de Santiago

The Camino to Santiago might be a spiritual journey, but it’s not exempt from common earthly troubles like bed bugs. Who would have thought that such little creatures could be such a huge pain in the neck? In the past decade, bed bugs have infested some albergues along the Camino causing trouble not only to pilgrims but also hospitaleros.

Although bed bugs on the Camino de Santiago are inconvenient, the problem is being handled and should not be a reason to give this one-of-a-kind journey. In fact, bed bugs are not exclusive to the Camino or the cheap albergues. You can equally come across them in a five-star hotel. Their widespread reign was not brought about by uncleanliness as much as by the massive increase in international travel.

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Best Lightweight Hiking Shoes for Summer

Depending on the terrain and the weather I like to have a good choice of hiking shoes, walking boots, or trail running shoes for my many treks.

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Is It Safe Walking the Camino de Santiago Alone?

One of the most common questions I am asked – is it safe to walk the Camino de Santiago alone?  This became a question being asked more again recently when someone went missing on the Camino. However my opinion remains unchanged – yes, it is safe to walk the Camino de Santiago alone. I would think it safer than most local walking routes in most countries; safer than walking home from Dublin or any large city on a Friday or Saturday night.

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