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Camino Francès – A 500-mile pilgrimage

I am excited to announce that the next trip is close. Still, I am in the US, counting nervously the last days until my flight back to Germany. Nervous, as even going home, it also means new challenges and obstacles to overcome.

Exploring Spain via the Camino de Santiago

For the first time, I will take my Mountain Laurel Designs Burn backpack to Europe and hike a 500-mile route through Spain. The route is called Camino Francés which is part of the Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of Saint James network of pilgrim ways all over Europe.

Beginning of March I will head out towards the south of France. The Camino Francés starts in a small village called St. Jean Pied de Port, just at the bottom of the Pyrenees. After crossing the mountains the route will take me through Pamplona, Burgos, León, all the way to Santiago de Compostela at the northwestern coast of Spain.

2017 more than 300,000 pilgrims were registered at the pilgrim office in Santiago and I am curious how many of all those pilgrims I will meet in early spring this year. The hiking will be quite a different experience compared to long distance hike in the US as camping is illegal in Spain (and most parts of Europe). Therefore they offer a really good infrastructure of pilgrim hostels along the routes to accommodate the hikers. Besides that, the Camino is also known to be a very social hike with lots of possibilities to celebrate friendship and finishing the days hike with wine and pasta.

Even for me as a German, it’s gonna be very interesting as it will be my first experience of backpacking in Europe. I am happy to share my insights with you here on www.walkingitoff.de, so come back and check it out.

If you want to know what I will carry on the Camino, check out my ultralight 3-season backpacking gear list.

Anyone else on the Camino this time of the year? Let me know in the comments or send me an email.

Happy trails.

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