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Paper Guide Or Kindle

Discussion in 'What equipment should you use and take' started by charles54, Mar 8, 2017.

  1. charles54

    charles54 New Member

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    I'm unsure whether to go down the paper guide route or use kindle on an I phone 5
     
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    Wily Camino Francés 2016; Camino Portugués 2017

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    Hey Charles - I'm sure there are a lot of folks who have gone electronic, but, I like the feel of a book! When I'm hiking, my iPad is tucked away. But, my Brierley guidebook is easily reached on the side pocket of my pack. I don't know if it's more convenient, but my travel section for a given day is always marked for easy access as I walk. One does see a lot of paper guidebooks stuck into packs or back pockets to make me think the Brierley is still doing a very brisk business selling his guide. For me, I also like to mark up and take notes in a book as I am using it. There's really no right answer here. Go with what you're most comfortable with. If it is a negative, Brierley weighs about 9 oz. which is just that much less to carry if you already have a tablet or other electronic device with you to access Kindle.
     
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    Charles, like Wiley, I have a strong preference for the paper Brierley guide. Based on our 2015 camino, it was the most popular book on the camino. I kept it handy (in plastic bag) and reviewed it several times each day. There is so much helpful information in terms of the map, topography, directions, comments on towns and cities, maps of major towns, things to do and see. I kept notes on the Brierley pages, such as how long the stage took to hike, comments on the albergue, etc.

    In addition to the Brierley guide, I also brought the listing of albergues on the camino (Rob helpfully provides routine updates and link to the list). It lists albergues in each town and the facilities each albergue provides and the cost. It also provides phone contact numbers. This was helpful to us when we started sending my wife's backpack ahead when she developed knee pain. In this same directory, you can see what facilities are available in each town, such as pharmacy, grocery store, ATM, etc. One other item that was helpful was a one page sheet we received at the pilgrims office in SJPDP which shows the topography of the different stages. We'd compare and contrast this with the topo map in the Brierley guide to decide how far to walk each day. This may seem like a lot of paper to carry, but it's not and it was so easy during a water break to pull out the info, get our bearings, then move on.
     
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    I find the screen size on most phones to small for me to be really be comfortable using a "kindle" guide book. A paper copy is easier to annotate as well, basically no matter what trail I'm on I'll have a paper guide and consider the weight penalty well worth it.

    A specialist app such as Guthooks, or Camino Pilgrim etc are another matter as they're designed for phones.
     
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    Wily Camino Francés 2016; Camino Portugués 2017

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    Hey Charles - There's another good Camino Forum that you might want to access for information:

    https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/

    Sign up for it just as you did on this Forum. In particular, I want to direct you the the "Camino Resources" section. On this page you will find a comprehensive albergue list (updated July 2016) similar to the one Bob referenced and similar to the one given out at the Pilgrim's Office in SJPP. Further, you will find elevation maps for each of Brierley's stages. Be sure to check out the section on packing lists. Lots of great information to get you ready for your Camino. And, of course, there are all the helpful threads discussing a myriad of topics just like here. Buen Camino!
     
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    I do almost all of my reading on my iPad mini which I take with me on camino and have accessible at all times. However, there is often so much glare on the screen that it is almost impossible to see anything in daylight. For this reason only, I would vote for paper.
     
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    I took pictures of everything I could find. Then when I wanted to refer to it it was always on my phone. However I, like several above, like paper copies as they can be read in bright sun light and get damaged in the rain, so it is 6 of one and a half dozen of the other, modified by personal preferance.
     
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    If you really want to stick to your device, there are Camino apps that have maps, albergue lists, restaurant lists, and clickable contact numbers. Having said that, I used Brierley but deliberately offset his stopping places by about half-a-day, except for the larger cities.

    Buen Camino

    David
     
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    Wily Camino Francés 2016; Camino Portugués 2017

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    Hey David - As I was walking a 31-stage Camino intead of the Brierley 34-stage model, I, too, offset many of his stopping places. This might be something for pilgrims to think about particularly when it is crowded and there is a lot of competition for beds. Stopping short or going past the Brierley stopping places might make it easier to find a bed.
     
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    A Camino is not a Camino without Brierley! Just my opinion though. I like to keep the techie stuff to a minimum, meaning take just the phone. This lightens the load mentally and physically for me but each to their own. Buen Camino.
     
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    I know that some of our forum members have gone to great lengths to produce useful guidebooks themselves, but there is also the option of not taking a guide at all! I have winged both of my CF caminos so far carrying just an A4 paper list of alburgues and prefering to walk into places having no idea where alburgues or sights are located and seeking them out or asking for directions. A bit of research before departure is generally enough to get by for me. Would maybe not suit everybody but it works for me and I don't end up like some camino bucket list ticker, all be it at the risk of "missing out" on some of the buckety sights.
     
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