Camino and Hiking Events in October 2019

Happy Fall! I am excited to share some upcoming Camino events in the Bay Area.

Lake Merritt Walk + Camino Packing Presentation
Saturday, October 5th
Oakland, CA

Lake Merritt Walk
10:30 AM – 12 PM

Join our popular and easy walk that takes place on the first Saturday of the month, rain or shine. Meet at the Pergola (aka “The Columns”) on the east side of Oakland’s Lake Merritt at 10:30 AM and start walking by 10:45 AM. It’s a level, 3.3-mile walk around the lake that takes about an hour. Whether you’re a newbie or Camino veteran, everyone is welcome. Bring your questions, answers and pilgrim spirit! But leave the dogs at home (for insurance purposes.)  If you’re on the NorCal Facebook group, join event. Stay for the presentation at the Lakeview Library (details below).

Presentation: Camino 101: Packing
1 – 2 PM

Join the Northern California Chapter for a presentation led by Camino veteran Rob Nickerson at the Lakeview Branch of the Oakland Public Library. We’ll continue our educational series with a presentation on packing that includes a gear panel of experienced pilgrims. Whether you’re a first-timer or seasoned veteran, you’re sure to pick up invaluable info, tips and tricks for your next Camino!


Lakeview Library at Lake Merritt, near the columns where we meet for our monthly walks.
550 El Embarcadero, Oakland, CA 94610
As always, we encourage carpools, public transportation, and Lyft or Uber as parking is limited in the area on Saturdays.


Saturday, October 5,  1 – 2 PM
Doors open at 12:30 PM for socializing and setup
Sorry, no food is allowed in the library.

Presenter Bio:

Rob Nickerson has walked different parts of the Camino de Santiago seven times. He has covered all the ground from the Roncesvalles in the Spanish Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela (790 kilometers) and walked from Porto in Portugal to Santiago (240 kilometers). He has given a number of presentations to Camino groups locally, nationally, and internationally. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Northern California Chapter of the American Pilgrims on the Camino. Rob is a retired professor of information systems at San Francisco State University where he taught for 40 years.

Panelists’ Camino Experience:

Bryan Winter
2019 Apr-May Camino Via de la Plata from Sevilla via Sanabres – 40 days
2018 Jun Camino Inglés from Ferrol – 7 days
2018 Jun Camino Portugués Central from Porto – 12 days
2016 Aug Camino Norte-Primitivo from Bayonne-Oviedo-Melide – 35 days
2014 Sep Finisterra-Muxia-Santiago – 5 days
2014 Aug Camino Frances from SJPdP  – 31 days

Laurie Ferris
2019 May Camino Invierno from Ponferrada 12 days
2018 May Camino Primitivo from Oviedo – 14 days
2017 May Camino Inglés from Ferrol – 7 days
2016 May Camino Portugués Central from Ponte de Lima – 6 days

Note: For safety reasons, Oakland public libraries close when the inside temperature reaches 87 degrees. In the event of a cancellation, we will send out a notification as soon as possible. You may also check the library website ( for an update or call the branch at (510) 238-7344.

No RSVP required. If you attend the Lake Merritt walk which usually ends around noon, you will have time to get a quick lunch, enjoy a picnic, move your car, or socialize with other pilgrims before the presentation begins.

Packing for the Camino Presentations at REI Stores

Three Bay Area Dates:

7:00 PM  –  8:30 PM

Register for Corte Madera REI

7:00 PM  –  8:30 PM

Register for Concord REI

7:00 PM  –  8:30 PM

Register for Berkeley REI

Packing for your pilgrimage walk on the Camino de Santiago

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 and has hiked the Camino Ingles, Portuguese, Primitivo, and Invierno routes. Susan Alcorn, author of two Camino books, has hiked the Frances, Norte, Primitivo, Portuguese and more.

Register for the Corte Madera event on Oct. 9, 2019

Register for the Concord event on Oct. 23, 2019

Register for Berkeley event on Nov. 6, 2019

It’s an honor to be co-presenting with Susan Alcorn. She wrote the first book I read about the Camino, Camino Chronicle, and has a great website and monthly newsletter.  (See

A few years ago, Susan wrote a guest post, Love and Life on the Camino, which is featured on my Love, Camino Style page.

Tiburon Sunset Cruise & Night Hike
Saturday, October 12, 2019
4 PM Hike
6:30 – 8 PM Sunset Cruise

View of San Francisco Bay from Belvedere.

View of San Francisco Bay from Belvedere.

Join Richard Duker on a late-afternoon walk from Blackie’s Pasture, along Richardson’s Bay, to Tiburon, followed by a 90-minute picnic-cruise around the bay. Return to parking lot with a nighttime walk through Belvedere Island in the dark with wonderful views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate.

Bring your own main course to eat on the boat; either something to drink (wine, juice, soda) or a dessert/hors d’oeuvre to share. The leader will bring cups and plates. Also, we recommend leaving a bottle of water in your car for hydrating after the hike. The cruise is $30 and is from 6:30 to 8:00 PM.
IMPORTANT: You must make your own reservation for the Sunset Cruise. Buy your ticket online from the Angel Island Tiburon Ferry. These sunset cruises are popular and usually sell out, so buy your ticket a few weeks in advance before showing up.

See more details on our NorCal Chapter Email, or our Chapter’s Facebook Group event.

The Camino Voyage Film Screening
Wednesday, October 16, 6:30 PM
UA Berkeley 7
2274 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, California 94704

A crew including a writer, two musicians, an artist and a stonemason embark on an inspiring and dangerous 2,500 kilometre modern-day Celtic odyssey from Ireland to Spain. Watch trailer.
Attend a special screening of the film The Camino Voyage, October 16th at UA Berkeley.
Unlike a traditional movie showing, the Demand Film screenings require that a certain number tickets be reserved in order for the screening to occur. We’d love to see you in the audience, and really appreciate your help spreading the word. I am hosting this screening and arranged a discount for our community.
Use the coupon code norcal10 to receive a 10% discount. To reserve your tickets, go to:

Join us for a Happy Hour starting at 5 pm at Western Pacific. Parking is difficult in Berkeley, so I recommend using Lyft/Uber, or take BART to Downtown Berkeley.

Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago
Friday, November 8, 6:00 – 9:30 PM
3rd St. Cinemas
620 Third St. Santa Rosa, California

Watch the compelling film Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago in a private screening at 3rd Street Cinemas. Meet Lydia B. Smith, Director/Producer during Q & A.
Doors open at 6:00 PM • Film begins at 7:00 PM
Here is the ticket/website link:

Save the dates for NorCal Chapter events:

Nov 9: San Francisco Waterfront Walk
Nov 16: Welcome Home Potluck (Oakland)
Dec 1: San Francisco to Sausalito Hike
Details of these events will be emailed to NorCal Chapter subscribers and shared on our Facebook Group.

To everyone heading out on a pilgrimage or staying home, Buen Camino!


There are always opportunities to train for or learn about the Camino. If you know of any Camino related events for the SF Bay Area that should be included in the monthly roundup, please use the comment form below, or email me.

For those who live elsewhere, there are Camino hot spots all over the USA and the American Pilgrims on the Camino (APOC) website has a listing of local chapters where you can find Camino events.

Northern California Chapter - American Pilgrims on the CaminoSubscribe to our NorCal Chapter email list.

Join the Peregrinos Northern California Facebook group (closed group for Northern California residents only)


Visit the Northern California Chapter page on the American Pilgrims on the Camino website.


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