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.

Cotswold Way

The Cotswold Way

The Cotswold Way is an escarpment walk from Bath it is one of England’s shorter National Trails, but still one of the best long distance routes in the UK. The Way offers 164km of glorious walking in southwest England.

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.

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…

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.

Jakobsweg

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.

Trekking poles

Best Trekking Poles for Hiking

Having the right gear makes walking in such wonderful surroundings – whether you’re tackling the Camino or any other long distance hike – far more enjoyable. Well-fitting hiking shoes or boots are part of the deal, as is a light yet strong backpack, and for me, another essential is a set of trekking poles.

best waterproof socks

Best Waterproof Hiking Socks

Waterproof socks are great in boggy hikes or very wet weather. Bear in mind that if the water goes above the sock it will run down the inside. They are great for splashing through streams, but mind having waterproof boots may help more.

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