Família peregrina em brincadeiras no caminho
BACKPACK CLOTHING, SHOES
Choosing the equipment for your caminho is a pilgrimage within the pilgrimage. To avoid the usual dramas, we offer some recommendations that will help to save you time, money and back pain.
RECIPE FOR THE ”PERFECT WEIGHT”
• Organise your list of equipment for your pilgrimage methodically. See the examples below: warm weather backpack, cold weather backpack.
• Try things on before you buy. Talk to family and friends to see if you can borrow some gear. Try on lots of different gear. As you gain experience, you’ll get to know what you need better. Important to note: you should use your own shoes, for HYGIENE/fungal and other problems.
• All salespeople are “hikers” or “pilgrims” with plenty of experience (FALSE!).
• Your body is unique, with its own measurements and features, that may change during your pilgrimage.
• Your body sweats, heats up, cools down. Your feet swell. Prepare yourself for confronting these things.
• The weight of your backpack: 75% should be on your hips, 20% on your shoulders, 5% on your chest. If you are unsure about the distribution of the weight, remember that mothers carry their babies for 9 months during their pregnancy. When you start to feel the weight on your shoulders, you should tighten at the waist.
• If you hear someone say that the total weight of your backpack should be 10% of your bodyweight, reply “I’m going to put on weight until I reach 200kg so I can carry 20kgs”.
• The weight of your backpack is personal: physical ability + climate + terrain + number of days = backpack weight. To ensure you have the right weight on your back, walk some 25km practise runs with your final weight, food and water included. Your body will give you the answer
"There is no such thing as bad weather,
just the wrong clothes..."