WALKING IN WINTER ON THE CAMINO: A PILGRIMAGE ON THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO

WALKING IN WINTER ON THE CAMINO: A PILGRIMAGE ON THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO

by Brian Morrison

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Overview

Each year hundreds of thousands of pilgrims trek across Spain arriving at the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela where the tomb of the apostle of Saint James is located. As far back as the Middle Ages pilgrims have walked the way of Saint James often trekking hundreds of miles. The mountain ranges and formidable table lands of the Meseta are traversed by pilgrims on a journey through history as they walk along roads and bridges built by the Romans. Sometimes they begin their journey from the doorsteps of their homes in Europe and beyond. While others travel from overseas to begin their pilgrimage. The French Way, or Camino Frances, begins 500 miles from Santiago in the French town of Saint Jean Pied de Port. Modern day pilgrims begin the pilgrimage for different reasons, including spiritual enlightenment, religion, physical fitness and adventure. Today’s pilgrims carry a special passport to collect stamps each day, which they present to receive the Compostela certificate at the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela. The Compostela is written in Latin and recognizes the completion of the pilgrimage. The cathedral also provides a certificate for distance, which is a slightly larger document on parchment. I walked half the Camino with my brother David in the fall of 2016, and returned to finish the 500 mile, million step, journey in the winter of 2018. This is the story of my winter experience on the Camino.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692112403
Publisher: Brian Morrison
Publication date: 05/08/2018
Pages: 116
Sales rank: 1,177,776
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.24(d)

About the Author

​Brian Morrison was born in Wyoming and grew up in New Mexico. He found a passion for traveling overseas after serving four years in the US Navy. For over 20 years he has worked in harsh weather environments piloting deep sea, remotely operated, submersibles in oceans around the globe. From the archipelago of Tierra del Fuego to the northern Baffin Bay of Greenland and Middle East to Asia, his embrace of the cold and snow allows him to explore parts of the world during the less busy and more economical seasons. He has a passion for hiking year-round in countries throughout the world and enjoys sharing his experiences with others.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments iv

Introduction 1

28 Days on Camino Frances—Stages 5

My Winter Pilgrimage 9

Interview with a Winter Pilgrim 43

The birth of an idea 44

A change of plans 45

Finishing what I started 46

Preparing 47

Busy season vs winter 50

January challenges 52

Albergues in winter 55

Warm water 56

Feelings and fears 57

Challenging sections 59

Memorable encounters 67

Camino angels 68

Walking to O Cebreiro 69

The last push 78

The fall 82

Arriving in Santiago 85

What to pack 89

Reflections 98

Other things 103

Packing Checklist 107

Useful Phone Apps 111

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