Leslie and bunk beds

Did You Lose Weight on the Camino?

I lost about 8kgs, about 18 lbs, over a four week period. So yes I did lose a lot of weight on the Camino.

However, losing weight was never one of my reasons for walking. I did not set out on the Camino to lose weight and I must admit that it never entered into my mind at any time while I was there.

3 season sleeping bag

Best 3 Season Sleeping Bags for Backpacking or Camping

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.

cold weather sleeping bag

Best Cold Weather Sleeping Bags for Winter Camping

If you are camping in winter, picking the best cold weather sleeping bag for your adventure is important, and this buyer’s guide will help you with that.

Camino route

Inspiration to Walk the Camino de Santiago

The Camino forum was an amazing resource for me when researching the Camino de Santiago. I did the full Camino Frances as well as the Camino del Norte in 2013 with my guitar. In May of 2014, I did 4 days of the Camino de Madrid to Segovia and I’ll be doing the Camino Primitivo route this July.

Leslie & Anna Camino

Finding Love on the Camino de Santiago

Love was the last thing I expected to find on the Camino de Santiago. But I did and twelve years later our son is nearly three years old. Therefore I thought this would be a good time for this post.
I set out expecting a journey with few people, and I expected those few to be a bit odd, or older religious types – well it was a pilgrimage, not your usual holiday. Expectations are interesting phenomena, I don’t know about you, but my expectations of future events are usually completely wrong.

Saint James the Great, the Patron Saint of Spain

Saint James the Great the Patron Saint of Spain

St James is the main reason that so many people travel to Santiago de Compostela in Spain each year. His remains are said to have sailed to Santiago in a stone…

Hiker in red shirt

Best Hiking Shirts For Men

Not all hiking shirts are created equal. While they all outperform normal clothing, you still need to find the best hiking shirt for your needs.

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Hooked on the Camino

I wonder if there if something that for many of us we do not get from our daily life.  I have met and talked to many people who have walked the Camino Frances more than once.  Walking the Camino Frances is a fairly big commitment in the way of time and money.

I got thinking on this yesterday while out hill walking in the Wicklow Hills.  I notice a Santiago de Compostela badge attached to one of the walkers back packs.  I asked, as I have a tendency to do.

The Way The Movie

Best Movies About the Camino de Santiago

There is nothing better on a rainy Sunday afternoon than to pull out one of my Camino movies and enjoy the flood of memories.

Best gifts for hikers

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.

gift ideas for Camino de Santiago pilgrims

13 Gifts Ideas for Camino de Santiago Pilgrims

Beautiful and unique gifts for pilgrims-to-be and memorabilia for pilgrims already finished with the Camino.

Buying presents can be hard especially for pilgrims. Many peregrinos while walking realise that they need very little in life. They live off a backpack for several weeks and stick to a routine of the Camino — wake up, eat, walk, sleep.

Thus material things are no longer as important as before.

Camino family

What is a Camino Family?

I reflected in a previous story, that the Camino is a place where the magic happens, something I have not experienced anywhere else, there is a strange ‘need’ to return that I cannot explain, a longing for something…

The Meseta on the Camino de Santiago

Reasons to Walk the Camino de Santiago

You have to be fairly motivated to walk the Camino de Santiago from St Jean Pied de Port in France to Santiago de Compostela in North West Spain – as it is 800km.  Usually 800km with your rucksack on your back containing everything you need for a month.  Sleeping in hostels with strangers, communal showers, and no privacy.

bridge puente la reina

Puente la Reina

The main Albergue in Puente la Reina is at the start of the town on the left-hand side, the Camino passes the front door. There …

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Cirauqui Villamajor de Monjardin 26 Fuente de Irache

Transitioning from Camino Life to Real Life

After a couple Camino’s and seeing dozens of pilgrims having a hard time with the Camino Blues, I think it is worth a writing an article about.  I am certainly no professional, but someone who has experienced the transition back to “The Real World” after the Camino twice.

Meseta Camino

The Meseta on the Camino de Santiago Spain

‘Many people avoid the Meseta, catching the bus from Burgos to Leon’, I heard on my first day on the Camino de Santiago. I was shocked. I thought most people were keen to walk the full route, either in stages or as a single pilgrimage. Whilst setting out to walk and enjoy the whole 800km, the Meseta was the section I was looking forward to with anticipation. I became curious as to what my experience would be.

Hiker with a large backpack

Best Kelty Backpack Reviews

Kelty is known for making durable and practical packs. To help you pick out the best one for your needs, I’ve reviewed the best Kelty backpacks.

Green Hydro Flask standing on leaves

EcoVessel vs Hydro Flask

Is EcoVessel a proper Hydro Flask alternative or is it just another generic brand? This side-by-side EcoVessel vs Hydro Flask comparison aims to find out.

Chaco foot print in sand

How to Break in Chacos Fast

Have a new pair of Chaco hiking sandals and need to break them in fast? Here’s what you need to do.

Hikers wearing softshell pants

Best Softshell Pants for Cold Weather Hiking

Need pants for cold weather hiking? Then you need a pair of thick and warm softshell pants. Here are the best softshell pants on the market.

Klean Kanteen hangs on a backpack

Klean Kanteen vs Yeti

Don’t know whether you should get the Klean Kanteen or Yeti reusable water bottle? This side-by-side comparison will help you make the right decision.

Well-equipped hiker stands on a mountain

Best Outdoor Clothing Brands

The outdoor apparel market is massive, with everything from high-end backcountry specialists to budget-focused brands, and these are the best out of them all:

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Outdoor Research Helium HD vs Helium II

You know you want an Outdoor Research jacket, you just don’t know which one? Then this Helium HD vs Helium II comparison ought to be of great help.

Green Hydro Flask bottle

Contigo vs Hydro Flask: Which Flask is Better?

Contigo is an emerging brand that promises to give Hydro Flask a run for its money. Let’s see whether it makes for a worthy competitor.

Chaco hiking sandals

Chaco vs Keen

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.

Man and woman wearing hiking shorts

Best Hiking Shorts for Men & Women

If you’re planning on hitting the trail any time soon, you’ll need some thin, light clothing if it looks as though the weather is going to be good. Wearing the right hiking shorts means you can have the freedom to move around as you please, but it also means you won’t overheat.

trekking poles

Best Trekking Poles for Hiking

A good lightweight set of trekking poles are great when hiking long distance routes. They help with balance and on slippery slope help you to stay on your feet.

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