Events

Upcoming Events in 2019, 2020

  • July 22, 2020. San Ramon Public Library. Camino program. More info TBD.

Current programs:
Packing for the Camino
Camino de Santiago: The Norte and Primitivo Routes

Contact us at backpack45@yahoo.com for more information about scheduling or attending future events. Descriptions of our most recent presentations are below. In addition we have several other programs about the Camino de Santiago, Patagonia and the Pacific Crest Trail. 

Packing for the Camino

Many people setting out to walk the Camino have not taken long hikes before. Getting ready for a trip to Europe where they will be hiking many miles once they arrive is a brand new experience. Though planning and packing for such a trip often seems overwhelming, experienced Camino hiker Susan Alcorn can help you navigate the process.

Susan will discuss backpacks, clothing, shoes, sleeping gear, hiking poles, toiletries, first aid, and more. She’ll also share what size backpack might be needed and how to pack it so that it is most comfortable.

Even experienced Camino hikers are not in total agreement on what items are best to bring—and hope that new hikers will find it reassuring that there is no one right way—there are many right ways. What most agree on is that you should try to keep the weight of your pack low and not pack based on your fears.

This talk was most recently given with Laurie Ferris,  co-coordinator for the Northern California Chapter of the American Pilgrims on the Camino, on  Wed., Oct. 9, REI Corte Madera, Corte Madera, CA.; Wed. Oct. 23. REI Concord, and Wed. Nov. 6. REI Berkeley, CA. 
 
Susan Alcorn has written two books about Camino routes and completed the Caminos Francés, Norte, Primitivo, LePuy, FR, Arles, FR, Portuguese, PT, and most of the Vezelay, FR.
 
Presenter, Susan Alcorn

Camino de Santiago: The Norte and Primitivo Routes

Susan and Ralph Alcorn will take you along on a breathtaking photographic journey along two of the less traveled routes of the Camino de Santiago–the Camino Norte and the Camino Primitivo.

Enjoy recent photography of beautiful cities, artistic communities, quiet fishing villages, fertile farmlands, and wild, open countryside.

An amazing musician in our albergue.

Who knows—after their program you too may be tempted to travel to northern Spain to sample pintxos (tapas), first rate wines, and frutas del mar! Marvel at the splendor of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, explore the Altamira caves with their Paleolithic paintings in Cantabria, watch the making of hard apple cider in Asturias, and walk atop ancient Roman walls encircling Lugo.

 

For hundreds of years, long before modern transportation was available, those making a pilgrimage to the Holy City of Santiago de Compostela started their weeks- or months-long hiking journeys from their homes. While the most well-known pilgrimage trail across northern Spain is the Francés, there are dozens of routes that are part of the Camino de Santiago.

Most recently given: Tues, Oct. 15, 2019 at the Oakley Library,  Oakley, CA. and Thurs., Oct. 17. at the San Francisco Dinner of the Sierra Club.

 

The Presenters

Susan, a retired teacher, is the author of several hiking books, including Healing Miles: Gifts from the Caminos Norte and Primitivo. Ralph, a retired computer consultant, was raised in Yellowstone National Park, where his father was a park naturalist and ranger.

Besides hiking over 3,200 miles on Camino trails, Ralph and Susan have also hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, the John Muir Trail, and the Torres del Paine Circuit Route in Patagonia. They enjoy sharing hiking advice on their websites (Ralph’s hiking/backpacking website, click here) and via Susan’s newsletter. 

Ralph and Susan met on a Sierra Club car camping trip headed for Baja California for whale watching. They make their home in Oakland California and are Life Members of the Sierra Club.

For further information, contact us at backpack45@yahoo.com