Are Keen Shoes Good?

Are Keen Shoes Good – Is Keen a Good Brand?

You want well-made shoes that offer maximum support and comfort, and you’ve been recommended Keen. But are Keen shoes REALLY good? Let’s find out.

Are Columbia shoes good?

Are Columbia Shoes Good?

You see Columbia shoes everywhere, so you’re wondering: is it all marketing or are Columbia shoes really that good? This post will answer all of your questions.

Are Merrell shoes good?

Are Merrell Hiking Shoes Good?

Are Merrell shoes good for your hiking needs? This detailed brand review has all the information you need to come to the right conclusion.

Columbia vs Merrell hiking shoes

Columbia vs Merrell Hiking Shoes

If your search for the best hiking shoes has boiled down to Columbia vs Merrell, this review and comparison has all you need to make the right choice.

Atop Dun Iona Scotland

Making Time for the Camino de Santiago

I have been thinking, dreaming, and planning for this for nearly 20 years. I first read about the pilgrimage to Santiago Compostela in a 14th century biography, The Book of Margery Kempe. Margery, a quirky English mystic, took several pilgrimages over the years, including Rome, and Jerusalem. The medieval and ancient concept of pilgrimage fascinated me.

review of sleeping bag liners

Best Sleeping Bag Liners for Hot and Cold Weather

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.

Countryside Cizur Minor

Planning Rest Days on the Camino de Santiago

For most people walking the Camino de Santiago means a month walking across northern Spain covering about 800 km, (500 miles). So it is not surprising that most of us plan on a few rest days along the Camino.

Below are some of the towns and villages that I suggest are good places to stop for a day and be a tourist instead of a pilgrim.

Hiker with a Fjallraven backpack

Fjallraven vs Canada Goose Jackets & Parkas

Fjällräven and Canada Goose. Both of these brands design and manufacture premium-quality jackets, and sell them at not-so-affordable prices.

First aid kit

What About Medical Help & Health Care?

For all those that reside within the twenty-eight countries of the EU taking the E111 card is a must, the card is also known as the European Health Card.  The card is issued from your own country of residence and entitles the holder to free emergency treatment.  If you are from outside of the EU I strongly suggest you have some travel insurance, often your healthcare provider can provide this at a lower cost than elsewhere.

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.

Arcteryx and Canada Goose comparison

Arc’teryx vs Canada Goose Jackets: Which Brand is Better?

Arc’teryx and Canada Goose are two of Canada’s most well-known (and most renowned) brands. Born in the Coast Mountains, the former brand offers technical performance and minimalist style, successfully answering the needs of both urbanites and athletes.

Best backpack for the Camino de Santiago

Best Backpack for the Camino de Santiago

In this guide, I’ll explain what makes a good pilgrim’s pack and review the best backpacks for the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage.

Santiago

Newbie Mistakes & Advice for 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.

Cross at Finisterre

Lessons Learned on the Camino de Santiago

Toward the end of my post a couple of weeks back on how the Camino changed my life, I got thinking about the lessons I learned while walking the Camino Frances.  The following are some thoughts on lessons I think I started to learn there.

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.

Back of Arc’teryx jacket

Why Is Arc’teryx So Expensive? And is it Worth It?

If you’ve been wondering why Arc’teryx products are so pricey, you are definitely not alone. I’ve never hesitated to pay up for high-quality outdoor clothing and equipment, but shelling out over $700 for a rain shell seems a bit rough.

Camino route

Questions to Ask Yourself While Walking the Camino de Santiago

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.

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.

Cost of walking the Camino

How much does it Cost to Walk Camino de Santiago?

The main costs for any of the Camino de Santiago routes are your daily budget on the Camino and getting to and from your start and finish points.

Canada Goose jackets

Canada Goose vs Nobis Jackets, Which Brand is Better?

In this article, we’ll be comparing two trending, luxurious brands – Canada Goose vs Nobis. The apparel designed and sold by these brands is all but cheap, but the quality of Nobis and Canada Goose jackets definitely justifies their price.

Fiesta

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!

hiking bottle

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.

sunrise on the camino de santiago

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.

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