Berkeley, CA; NorCal Chapter, Packing for your pilgrimage walk on the Camino de Santiago

Nov 06, 2019 7:00PM—8:30PM


REI Berkeley 1338 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702


Event Contact Laurie Ferris | Email


Packing for walking the Camino may seem overwhelming, but in this informative presentation by experienced Camino hikers Laurie Ferris and Susan Alcorn, you can put your concerns to rest. On their own Caminos, both have learned much about what to bring and what not to bring. They’ll discuss backpacks, clothing, shoes, sleeping gear, hiking poles, toiletries, and more. They’ll also talk about how to pack a backpack so that it’s most comfortable.

Laurie and Susan 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. They are in agreement about keeping the weight of your pack low and not packing based on fears.

Laurie Ferris is co-coordinator of the Northern CA chapter of American Pilgrims, manages a Camino blog (, and has hiked the Camino Ingles, Portuguese, Primitivo, and Invierno routes.

Susan Alcorn, author of two Camino books and a monthly hiking newsletter ( has hiked the Frances, Norte, Primitivo, Portuguese and more.

Susan and Laurie will offer Packing for the Camino presentations at three Bay Area REI Stores:

1) Wednesday, October 9, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM, Corte Madera REI

2) Wednesday, October 23, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM, Concord REI

3) Wednesday, November 6, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM, Berkeley REI