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New Backpack Designs

Discussion in 'What equipment should you use and take' started by Wily, Mar 20, 2017 at 11:00 AM.

  1. Wily

    Wily Camino Francés May 2016

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    For 2017, Osprey has redesigned their Sirrus 36 and Stratos 36 models. Both packs still have the key features available in the older models, but some changes have been made to storage pockets and entry into the packs. The new packs appear to cost about $170, but you can still find the older model available online for significantly less. If you haven't decided on a pack yet, check out these two Osprey models.
     

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    Thanks Wily,
    You always have a wealth of information. That's awesome, and a real treat for us newbies. When
    does your next issue of WILY'S TRAVEL AND BACKPACKER magazine get delivered? Ha...
    sign me up!
     
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    Wily Camino Francés May 2016

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    Hey Hindsfeet - I'll be blogging from Portugal as of Friday. Hope you call look in from time to time! I've already posted my packing list with weights that some may find helpful. Preparation was really great fun! I'm just as excited this second time to take those first steps again toward Santiago. Buen Camino!
     
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    Great Wily, I will be tuning in on your walk for sure!
    Buen Camino!!
     
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    Wily, just checked out your blog with packing list. That was a help, want to pack light as well.
    Looking forward to your blog and pics of you and Nancy enjoying your Camino!!
     
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    Wily, don't forget to have a glass of red for me! I will be following the Portugal part with great interest. My wife laughed at me when I suggested doing this trail, as she had to bribe me to do the original from France in 2015!
     
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    Wily and Nancy, just saw your blog and I wish you only the best on your camino. Look out for each other and make wonderful memories to enjoy. I take pleasure in reading all your information and your blog. The backpacks look great and ready for an adventure. Maya
     
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    Best of Luck Wily. Hope you have a great Camino.

    We start from Logrono on Sunday hoping to get as far as Fromista this time. Unfortunately the weather forecast isn't great but I'm sure it will all add to the Camino experience. Hope the weather on the Poruguese route is better :).

    Buen Camino

    Greg

    PS Love the Blog!
     
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    Wily Camino Francés May 2016

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    Hey Greg - Best of luck to you as well! Saturday looks to be a lovely day for our first steps north out of Porto. At this point, the forecast is indicating some showers after that. But as you said, it's all part of the Camino experience! We have our rain gear and we're ready for whatever Mother Nature throws at us. Really looking forward to walking! Safe travels and enjoy your Camino!
     
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    Crepes4Suzette Well-Known Member

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    Wily, I'll be looking forward to your blog and hope to hear what the road-walking is like on the Portuguese. The happiest Camino ever to you and your wife, and safe travels!
     
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    Greg, you too! I can barely stand not being out hiking - you guys are the advance guard for this year. Hope to hear all about your Camino. I don't know what your plans are, but in Fromista, I splurged and stayed in a GREAT hotel - The Hotel Dona Mayor (a ways down the main corridor of the town perpendicular to the Camino). They have a lovely, trendy-ish dining area with a nice patio to relax on, and balconies in the rooms, should you and your partner want a treat.

    You'll like the lovely canal-walking on the way to Fromista too, I'll bet. The very best to you for a happy Camino!
     
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    Hi C4S (hope you don't mind me shortening your "name" :)

    Thanks for the good wishes. I had checked out the Dona Mayor but it is full on the date we are there. However, we are treating ourselves to a night in the Parador in Santo Domingo de la Calzada.

    Have to say I'm really looking forward to it.

    Buen Camino

    Greg
     
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    I like the name shortening:0)). Wow! Enjoy the Parador:0)). I loved Santo Domingo de la Calzada. Lively town with kind people.
     
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    wow, a lot of pilgrims heading out about now. I feel the excitement! I surely don't want to
    wish my life away, but 13 more months for me!! I will be looking forward to following your
    blogs. C4S, are you venturing out as well?
    Buen Camino to all!
     
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    Wily Camino Francés May 2016

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    Hey C4S - I, too, hope Greg enjoys Santo Domingo. It was one of numerous favorite places of mine on the Camino. I happened to be there on a weekend, so I thoroughly enjoyed the sidewalk cafes and tapas. The cathedral with its rich history is quite spectacular. I was fortunate enough to catch a concert there the night I was in town. If anyone is looking for simpler accomodations in Santo Domingo, try the Casa de la Cofradía de Santo near the cathedral. With very modern facitities, it's an excellent place to spend the night and centrally located in the heart of Santo Domingo.
     
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    OK, I have a favorite to add to Santo Domingo de la Calzada too - not so good if you feel like being social, but the Hospederia Cisterciense in the middle of town takes reservations on Booking.com (but you'll get a much better rate if you book with them directly via email as a pilgrim) or by their website and is run by very sweet nuns who will give you a very clean and cozy room in a home-like atmosphere. It cost 30 Euro for a single. I passed by the Casa de la Cofradia, Wily - it looked especially nice. Would stay there anytime also.
     
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    Hindsfeet - not yet, and I can hardly contain myself. First training walk yesterday, just 5K of hillwalking to start. I've had some medical stuff going on, so am getting a late start training for this year. I haven't decided even the month for certain yet, although will probably do the Norte from Bilbao, head down to Oviedo, and see if I can find others heading over the Primitivo. If not, I may head back up to Aviles and continue on the Norte. When will you be heading out?
     
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    C4S- Hope you are fully recovered and that your training will take you to your next Camino at the
    perfect time. I won't be leaving until the very end of April, 2018. I'm very anxious, but not ready
    yet. Life has a way of throwing in a few curve balls.....when you aren't wearing a glove!! So, I'm
    learning a few things about "CHANGE". CHANGE IS LIKE THE WIND, RESIST IT, AND IT CAN
    HARM YOU, HARNESS IT, AND YOU CAN FLY! It's funny, I haven't walked my first Camino yet,
    and I am already planning the following year's Camino. Ha!! I sure hope that I run into some of
    the pilgrims on this forum, how fun!!
     
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    On the subject of curve balls. I'll PM you
     
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