It is important to have a little bit of paracord on every backpacking trip. They are useful more specifically on the Camino de Santiago for a clothing dry line as well as a for tying pieces of clothing to dry on the outside of your backpack.
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3/32" Diameter (2.5 mm)
High Strength Nylon Cover with 275 LB Breaking Strength
100 Foot and ready to trim down to your desired length
reason to purchase for the camino:
The 275 paracord is a little better than 550 paracord since it covers all your bases and reduces the overall weight of the rope by a couple ounces. You will occasionally need to set up your own clothes line when the lines at the Albergues are full with other pilgrim clothing. In addition, you may need a few feet of paracord to attach clothing to the backpack to dry while you are walking. You don't need more than 25ft of paracord, but it is always nice to have a little extra laying around the house.
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About the gear list Curator
It's always good to know who is designing an optimized backpacking list since you should be getting information from experienced backpackers that have not only done wilderness backpacking, but also the Camino itself. There are distinct differences between wilderness backpacking (i.e. Appalachian Trail or Pacific Crest Trail) and then walking the Camino de Santiago.
About the Camino Gear List Curator:
Caleb has hiked the entire Camino Frances in the fall of 2016 and has done many wilderness hikes along the Appalachian Trail, Superior Hiking Trail, Machu Pichu, and other smaller week-long treks. His hiking style tends to be a lightweight backpacker rather than an ultralight backpacker. His pack base weight for wilderness thru-hikes tend to be around 15-18 pounds rather than ultralight backpacking weighing below 10 pounds. He also does not recommend the base pack weight above 22 pounds. In general, the Camino is unique because you can cut out some heavy pack items such as a tent and substitute more hygiene products or clothing. The Camino is different from other thru-hikes since it has higher hygiene expectations in it's hiking culture. This list allows for a handful of luxury items and targets the necessities for a Camino hike. If you are planning on doing the Camino in the winter or the Primativo, make sure to read the description of each product to see if you should get it in those circumstances.