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Air Conditioning In Albergues ?

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  1. BROWNCOUNTYBOB

    BROWNCOUNTYBOB Well-Known Member

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    Both caminos we walked were in Sept-Oct and the weather was mild both times. I can't imagine walking the camino during the hot months.

    The latest forecast calls for 100 degrees in Santiago next weekend. I know many pilgrims get up very early in the morning to hike early to beat the heat. Most albergues leave windows open at night to allow some fresh air to circulate. For those that have walked the caminos during the summer months, can you comment whether albergues use air conditioning to keep the rooms cool? What are other things you do to stay cool during the warm days and evenings? Bob
     
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    I can’t recall staying at Any Refugio’s, Municipal or private that had air-con – One or two of the upper end hotels we stayed had air-con, but even they were few and far between and often on costal routes where there would have been a lot more mainstream tourism.


    I have walked quite a few routes in hot times including The Cami San Juan 11 in July and we were walking in temperatures of 30 C + - The biggest problem that we had was carrying sufficient water and took to knocking on doors to get bottles refilled, we were usually met with extreme kindness and were often given large bottles of mineral water out of peoples fridges – We did feel that we were being a bit of a nuisance, but had little alternatives when there was no public Fuente’s available.


    Keeping cool in the evenings was usually not a problem, first of all drinking copious amounts of cool water then just lying on the top of the bed in a pair of boxers and when possible, securing a bed near an open window.


    Sorry I can’t be of more help


    Best Regards


    Rob
     
  3. Greg Canning

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    Hi Bob

    My wife and I walk mostly in Spring and Autumn (usually end of March into April and end September into October). even then we have had a few really hot days. We usually stay in private albergues or B&Bs and hotels. The only time we have come across aircon is in the bigger hotels.

    I cannot recommend the Mission Enduracool towels highly enough. They definitely saved us and our sanity on the hotter days :) (Note: I really should start charging them for the plugs!!)

    Buen Camino

    Greg
     
  4. BROWNCOUNTYBOB

    BROWNCOUNTYBOB Well-Known Member

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    Hey Greg - thanks much for the recommendation on the Mission Enduracool towel! I've not heard about these before and don't recall seeing them on either of our caminos. I just checked this out on Amazon.com. Very reasonable price and very highly rated. A few questions for you. These come in various sizes and colors. What size did you and your wife use on your camino? Also, I'm assuming that after several days of use, these need to be cleaned. How often did you clean yours and how did you clean them? Thanks again for the great lead. I'll plan to purchase some for my wife and myself to use on our next camino. I might also purchase a set for my brother and his wife. They walked with us during the last camino and enjoy outdoor hiking in Montana, where they live. Bob
     
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    Hi Bob

    I think it's about 12" by 30". Just big enough to wrap around the neck. I got mine in Bed Bath and Beyond in Florida (I now have 3!!). Can't really remember how much they were. Around $15 or $16. You could try their online store or visit one of their stores if they are nearby.

    I remember the day we climbed down from the Alto de Perdon. My wife had been very sceptical as I tend to be highly susceptible to gadgets but she soon changed her mind in the scorching heat of early afternoon. I don't think we would have made Puente de la Reina without the towel. The great thing is that even using water from your water bottle that may have warmed up as you walk the towel still works great. You simply wet the towel, wring it out a bit and snap it three times...instant aircon :). And it stays cool for quite a while.

    As for cleaning, I would rinse out with warm water at the end of every day and let it dry out. Every week or so give it a wash when you are washing your walking gear. They are machine washable.

    I have seen some reviews say that they are less effective in higher humidity but I haven't had that experience as yet.

    Hope they help.

    Buen Camino

    Greg
     
  6. Wily

    Wily Francés 2016; Portugués 2017; Inglés/Fisterra 2018

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    Hey Greg - Just in from a 60 km bike ride in 90F heat. I could really have used one of those towels! Nonetheless, this discussion about exercising (i.e., walking, riding, etc.) in high temperatures just brings home the importance of doing all the right things along The Way (or anywhere else) to protect yourself from getting ill. As we have pointed out in other threads, hydration is so important on these hot days. The liquid and minerals one can expend in the course of several hours of exercising in the heat is pretty amazing. Even riding this morning, just as I did on the Camino on some 90+F days in Navarra, my go to drink on a rest stop was an electrolyte replacement drink. Any of us who have experienced dehydration knows both how serious it is and how it diminishes the body from doing much beyond that point. My other suggestion to anyone walking on extremely hot days, as Bob mentioned, leave early. Beat some of the heat my walking before it gets hot and then stop in the early afternoon. Take plenty of breaks and drink before, during, after after your stage. Be safe and Buen Camino!
     
  7. Greg Canning

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    Believe it or not Wily we have been getting some pretty high temperatures here in Ireland over the past week or so. Well hot for us that is (high 20's C or late 70's early 80's F). I'm walking my dogs and jogging very early in the morning :)

    But you are so right. As Unkle Hammy can attest staying hydrated is really really important. Like you I try to include an electrolyte replacement drink at least every second day on Camino. I always bring some sachets with me to mix in my drinking water when on Camino. In fact it's a habit I now include in my routine whenever I'm on holiday in hotter climes (e.g. Florida).

    Buen Camino

    Greg
     
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    Thanks, Greg. We'll buy these for sure for our next camino. Two very hot stretches for us during our last camino: Los Arcos to San Sol. We had a nice lunch break in Los Arcos, then walked in the brutal sun to San Sol. The other tough stretch was walking the via romana to Calzadilla de los Hermanillos. Very long hike with no places to stop, no places to refill our water bottles and no shade from the sun. I'm sure the Mission Enduracool towel would have helped keep us cool. I see they also offer Enduracool wrist bands and other related items. Thanks for the tip ! Bob
     
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    Hi Bob

    I remember the Via Romana only too well. We were late leaving Sahagun and those last kilometers in searing heat to Calzadilla were cruel. I never enjoyed a G&T so much as the one we had on our arrival at the Via Trajana .

    I hope they work as well for you.

    Buen Camino

    Greg
     
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    Hi Bob,
    The best advice I can give you is to avoid walking in the hot summer months.
    I am planning to walk the Camino Norte in June and part of July next year. The heat doesn't bother me too much but anyway, I want to thank all pilgrims answering on this thread, for useful advice on how to keep cool.
    Maggi
     
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    Greg, just wrapped up a long weekend of fly fishing and hiking with my brother in Montana and Wyoming. The temps were in the high 90s all weekend; we may have hit 100 on Saturday. I brought along my new Mission Enduracool towel and it did a great job cooling me off (some ). Thanks for the tip. I will definitely bring along to our next Camino. Bob
     
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    Wow Bob, that's some way to prepare, although I hear some of the heat is finally subsiding in Spain (they had some really high temps so far this summer). Glad the towel helps, I'll be packing mine for our trip to Florida and the Caribbean at the end of the month. We're also hoping to finish our Camino Frances this October.

    Buen Camino

    Greg
     
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    Been reading this thread with interest. One question: the towels do double as a towel don't they? I feel we need to replace our 20 year old travel towels, (no luxury), and was looking at these. TIA, Patty
     
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    Patty, I have only recently bought and used the cooling towel. This is a cooling towel, I don't think it is large enough or suitable for a travel towel.

    Thanks, Greg. The limited hiking was without a backpack, but did simulate climbing rocky trails, walking over streams and in marshy tundra. I decided to retire the Patagonia boots I used on my two 800 km CF and purchased high top Merrell Moabs. I used these in hiking in Montana and Wyoming and they were very comfortable, so it's good to get these broken in over the next year for our Sept-Oct 2019 CF.

    Next February, I am traveling to Honduras for my second year of church related volunteer work at an orphanage. I plan to bring the cooling towel with me again. Bob
     
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    Hi Patty

    As Bob says the towels are really more for cooling you down although I have seen them as being advertised for use by athletes in mopping perspiration. I don't think they would really work as a travel towel as such. I'm sure you could probably get a microfiber towel at Bed Bath & Beyond or Walmart at a reasonable price or maybe at REI. Here in Ireland we are really lucky to have the Penneys/Primark shops who sell really lightweight sports/travel towels very cheaply.

    Buen Camino

    Greg
     
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    Bob

    I don't think you will regret buying the Merrells. I have worn through there pairs of the MOAB shoes and I love them. For me they are the best combination of weight and support (especially combined with the Superfeet insoles) and I've even worn them almost straight out of the box. A really good product at a reasonable price.

    Buen Camino

    Greg
     
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    Thanks Greg and Bob, I feel I will stick with the antique travel towel again (and maybe after the walk finally put it to rest) or use an old tea towel. Thin, light and dries quick too. I don't need much fabric to dry myself....have walked 7 day trails using a similar size to tea towel.
    No Walmart etc here in Australia Greg! But lots of alternatives, for sure. Can't see the forest for the trees with most items!
    Can't wait for March to come, when we finally leave. Intend to start walking beginning of April (VDLP), so exciting!!
     
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    I just got an EnduraCool towel and plan to test it today. It should get to over 10F/40C today, as usual for Fresno so it should be a resonable test.
     
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