Hiking the Camino de Santiago in Spain

Course Dates: 
6 weeks: January 11, 18, 25 February 1, 8, 15, 2018
Thursdays, 9-11 a.m.
Hermann Gucinski
Tom Sanders
Don Walton
Chris Slater
Course Catalogs: 
2018 Winter

The Camino de Santiago (Way of St James), a pilgrimage trail for more than a thousand years, is traveled by young and old. What makes it feasible for seniors? What makes it fun and worthwhile? We consider the joys of hostel-to-hostel hiking, and examine techniques of lightweight hiking. We use lots of guest lecturers, discussion, slides and videos, and will try to present as diverse a picture of the many trails as is possible. We will look at the gear, the logistics, preparation and the psychological and philosophical aspects of such an undertaking.

Hermann Gucinski (hermg66@gmail.com) is a retired scientist who loves long-distance hiking. He and his wife have hiked parts of the Camino de Santiago and feeder trails in France and Germany. They have section-hiked the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest and 2/3 of the Continental Divide Trail using lightweight backpacking techniques.  Tom Sanders (tsanders.avl@gmail.com), retired professor and experienced hiker, became a Camino pilgrim in the early 2000s; Tom has guided WNC hikers on several pilgrimages and guarantees no rain on his hikes. Don Walton (donwalton7074@me.com) is a WNC hiker and trail maintainer and has completed seven pilgrimages in Spain, France, Switzerland, Portugal and Italy. Don is co-manager of WNC chapter of American Pilgrims on Camino. Chris Slater (crslater@bellsouth.net) has walked seven different Caminos trails in Spain and France and has served as a hospitalero in the hiker hostels as well.