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.

Best Double Sleeping Bags

Here we review the 12 best double sleeping bags. Two person sleeping bags are great for camping and RV – but they are too heavy for backpacking, most are not designed with weight in mind, more the idea of comfort sleeping with your…

Leslie and Anna

Training Plan for the Camino de Santiago

How fit do I have to be to walk the Camino de Santiago or what kind of training do I have to do?  This is one of the questions I am asked most often.

The answer depends on your Camino plan.

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 – however, this is not a good or advisable strategy for looking after your body, finishing, or reducing the inevitable pain that comes with walking every day and carrying a backpack, even though you will likely lose a lot of weight.

Best Hiking Shoes

The best hiking shoes are expensive and I usually buy at least one new pair each year. I want to make sure that I have comfort, grip, and a long lasting hiking shoe.

what type of sleeping bag is best?

Down vs Synthetic Sleeping Bag

If I am in a situation where my sleeping bag might get wet or damp I would normally choose to use a Synthetic Sleeping Bag. Down sleeping bags are best for ultralight and warmth to weight ratio.

Camino Frances

Hiking the Camino Frances Again

I first heard about the 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.

Best 3 Season Sleeping Bags

If you don’t hike or camp very often a 3 Season Sleeping Bag is often the best option. This way you will have a sleeping bag that you can use all year round without the cost of different sleeping bags.

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Celebrate Your Retirement and Walk The Camino!

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.

Village in Spain Camino

Returning from the Camino

Meeting people from around the globe, facing the unexpected, experiencing physical and mental cleansing, laughter, meditation, natural beauty

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Best Backpacking Sleeping Pads

When you set out on a long backpacking journey, you need to always make sure you have the best gear available. You have your hiking boots or hiking shoes, your backpack, and you need to take with you a comfortable, lightweight and effective sleeping pad. This is a very important item when you are intending to camp, as it gives you a level of comfort that cannot be attained otherwise.

Hiking Headlamp

Best Headlamp for Hiking

The best hiking headlamps will be easy to use in all dark or low light situations. I use it mostly for early morning starts.

Camino de Santiago Galicia

Memories of the Camino de Santiago

If I could for a moment, bring you on a journey to Santa Catalina de Samoza. It is on the French Way of the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain…

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How to Choose a Sleeping Bag or Liner for the Camino de Santiago

There is much debate on whether you need a summer sleeping bag or a sleeping bag liner during the summer on the Camino de Santiago.  Here I want to look at both side of that argument and help you how to choose a sleeping bag or liner; then which one and do you need it treated against bed bugs.

hiking underwear

Best Hiking Underwear

Many hikers don’t buy hiking-specific underwear. But they should. The best hiking underwear is built specifically for the trials and tribulations of trails.

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How to Prevent and Treat Blisters on Your Feet

Blisters are every hiker’s worst nightmare, and not just because they can be very painful. If you roll your ankle or your back gives out, it feels like a proper injury, and you’re more than justified in packing up and going home. Blisters on the other hand always feel like something that you can walk just one more mile with.

The problem with this way of thinking is that all it does is make the issue worse. by never addressing the root causes, and ploughing on regardless. If you want to be able to get the most out of your walking holiday, you’re going to need to give some serious thought to how you plan to protect your feet. A little time and effort now could save you miles of walking in pain. Certainly worth it when you think about it, isn’t it?

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.

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