Castrojeriz in the way of Saint James at Castilla

Inner and Outer Experiences of the Camino de Santiago

Since completing the Camino de Santiago I have read 2 books by individuals who have described their inner and outer experiences, their trials, their triumphs and their fellow pilgrims along the way. Although fairly interesting and at times amusing they write about their unique journey and whilst there are certain shared experiences, they are still their experiences and not mine.

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…

Best Gifts For Hikers

Finding a great gift for the hiker in your life can be very hard work. We have tried here to make finding hiking gifts much easier by listing the most popular in every price range.

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.

Spain hikers

Best Microfiber Backpacking Towel

Microfiber towels aren’t the most exciting subject to talk about, but they are nevertheless vital. If you are heading out on a hike or are going backpacking, you’re going to need a microfiber travel towel.

Towels such as these make life on the trail so much easier. These little pieces of fabric are quick to dry, quite small and usually quite affordable too.

Des O'Dowd Camino

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

insulated mattress

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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