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

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.

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.

Women shorts

Best Hiking Shorts for Backpacking

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.

Hiking Rain Poncho

Best Rain Poncho for Hiking and Backpacking

When you’re out hiking or backpacking, you need to make sure you’re prepared for all types of weather. When it begins to rain, you need to know that you’re not going to get soaked through.  You need the best rain poncho that’s going to work well for you no matter how much it’s pouring down, ensuring you can carry on with your day.

If you are short of time or just don’t want to read all the reviews, I suggest that adventures world has the best rain poncho as it is light, won’t be so much like a tent and it has a peaked hood.

You are not going to have your umbrella with you out on a hike – stay warm and stay dry by having great waterproofs.

Le Puy Camino

Women Walking Alone on the Camino de Santiago

I have written before about walking the Camino de Santiago alone, but I didn’t specifically address the topic of being a woman and walking alone.  This topic has become news after an American woman, Denise Thiem, went missing in April of 2015.  She apparently left Astorga and was never seen again.  There are no actual sightings of her having left Astorga, and I truly hope that she turns up alive and well at some point.

Cholm Cille

Pilgrim Routes in Ireland

Long before the discovery of St. James’ relics, there was Cruachan Aille in Ireland. The sacred grounds had been there since 3,000 BC and attracted pilgrims from all over Europe. Pagans frequented the area and so did early Christians when it was popularized by St. Patrick. When Camino de Santiago became famous, the ancient pilgrimage was sadly forgotten in favor of Spain’s. Memories of these medieval footpaths aren’t completely lost, however, and revivalists are attempting to reclaim the pilgrim routes of Ireland.

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.

Sunset

Top Ten Things About Camino de Santiago

The other pilgrims I met is my number one on the Camino, all Camino routes. I feel I was blessed. I don’t like crowds, however, I do in general like talking, and listening to other people. I, being an English speaker, was amazed at the number of people that spoke English when it was their second and third language – I felt quite ignorant as the result of this – I can get a coffee in a few languages – but cannot communicate in any bar English.

Southern Upland Way

Hiking the Southern Upland Way

If you want to get away from it all on one of Scotland’s long-distance hiking routes then there’s perhaps nowhere better to head to on your next walking holiday than the Southern Upland Way.

The beauty of the highlands is something that you really do have to see to believe, and it’s an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime.

Many people will tell you that a holiday is only a holiday when you’re sunning yourself on a beach and that Scotland just doesn’t afford you such opportunities. But what they’re missing is the beauty of unspoiled nature at its finest.

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.

Outdoor jacket

Best Lightweight Rain Jackets

If you want to stay safe and well when you’re out in the wilderness, you need a backpacking rain jacket that works well at a price that fits your pocket.

Mens boots

How to Choose the Best Hiking Boots

It’s important to have the right footwear for your level of hiking, more so if you are going on a walking holiday or a long distance walk like the Camino de Santiago, (and the right backpack and waterproofs). Different styles are more suitable for different levels than others.

Backpack fitting

How to Choose a Backpack for the Camino de Santiago

After choosing the best hiking boots or hiking shoes for your feet, a backpack is the second most important piece of equipment you need for walking any of the Camino routes (see Camino packing list).  Bear in mind this humble backpack is going to hold all your belonging for a month, sometime more.

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