Category Archives: Preparations

Two days and counting…

Two days and counting!  Backpack is almost sorted, most items on the packing list are ticked off.  Rather than show you the standard series of photos of  folded clothes that will accompany me on my camino, I thought I would … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Caminos de Madrid & San Salvador

It’s hard to believe that almost three months have passed since I finished my 2017 camino.  I’ve spent quite some time going through my photos and video clips to put together the movie you can see at the top of … Continue reading

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Review of clothes and gear (II)

Part two of my ongoing missive reporting on items taken on my Camino del Norte in April/May 2016 part (I) on clothes can be seen here part (II) on gear and equipment appears below part (III) on technology will be … Continue reading

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Review of clothes and gear (I)

Here is the first part of my long overdue gear report.  I will divide it into three parts clothes (herewith) gear and equipment (see here) technology (to follow in separate post) My last such review was in 2014 and  I … Continue reading

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Last day of near normality

Backpack packed Bumbag loaded Lovely long hot shower taken (a treat even at home because we are very water conscious here) Hair straightened from its natural curly frizz Teeth electrically cleaned and water jetted until danger of what little enamel … Continue reading

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Everything but the kitchen sink…

I have spent another couple of half-days faffing about with my camino packing. But however many times I weigh all the various items, I can’t seem to make them any lighter. I’m trying some new ideas this year. I’ve made … Continue reading

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Ten days and counting

Have you seen the countdown box at the side of this post? Yikes, only 10 days to go. I seem to have been preparing for this camino forever, but I am feeling totally unprepared. I have plotted my route, downloaded … Continue reading

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They’ll see me coming in this…

We’ve had some very stormy weather here the last few days. Yesterday, gale-force winds were whipping around the mountain almost taking control of your movements, pushing you along from behind or almost stopping you in your tracks. There was even … Continue reading

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The boots that were meant to be

I have been a bit fickle with my choice of camino hiking boots. I have needed a new pair for each of my three caminos, and whilst they have all been ok, I have not wanted to buy the same … Continue reading

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Happy feet

Only eight weeks until my next camino and my head is whirling with all sorts of planning strategies. The most important piece of equipment I shall be taking with me are my feet and I thought I would share my … Continue reading

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I’m off then…

Oh my goodness, the countdown in the sidebar has turned from days to hours. I’ve had the surprise farewell party, complete with ‘Buen camino’ cake (thanks Kim). I’ve been given the T-shirt (thank you Hens for this very thoughtful gift). … Continue reading

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The making of the super-duper Maggie shoulder cape

I wrote the post below eighteen months ago (February 2015, but didn’t publish it at the time because I hoped to develop the idea commercially. I had extended discussions with an equipment manufacturer, but the project didn’t ultimately come to … Continue reading

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Assessment of clothes and walking gear 2014

I updated my packing list and review following my 2016 Camino del Norte which can be seen here Meanwhile, here is my original post from 2014… Firstly, apologies for the very long and detailed assessment below. I have been asked … Continue reading

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Long time…….no post!

I’ve been putting in some training over the last few weeks, and now have a couple of 25+ km walks under my belt. My new boots (Merrell Moab Ventilators) are bedding in nicely, no sign of any blisters yet – … Continue reading

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Planning the Portuguese

I am flying into Lisbon, Portugal, on 30 April 2014 and will be setting off on the camino Portuguese on either the 1st or 2nd of May. I am travelling alone and don’t expect to see many other pilgrims on … Continue reading

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