Injury Prevention Tips for the Camino

Injury Prevention Tips for the Camino 2017

Below is a presentation by Scott Williams on injury prevention that I recorded at our NorCal Chapter’s annual pilgrim blessing ceremony on March 18, 2017. Scott “Shroomer” Williams is active in the American Long Distance Hiker Association-West and has thru-hiked the Triple Crown (Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail and Appalachian Trail).

Filming Scott Williams

Filming Scott Williams presentation on injury prevention tips for the Camino

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Camino and Hiking Events in December 2016

The air is crisp and the sun is shining here in Northern California. I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season so far. Here we go!

Below is a roundup of Camino related and hiking events in the SF Bay Area for the month of December.  For those who live elsewhere, there are Camino hotspots 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. There are also many active Facebook groups to learn about events in your region.

Monthly Lake Merritt Walk
Saturday, December 3, 10:30 AM

A walk around Lake Merritt in Oakland is held every first Saturday of the month, at 10:30 AM starting at the Pergola. Afterwards, there is an optional brunch in the area. RSVP on NorCal Facebook Group.

I will be there with DVDs from our CaminoFlix library available for NorCal APOC members to check out. I will also have Camino Provides patches and a few t-shirts in womens and unisex styles for sale. I love gifts with purchase, so I’m giving a free patch with $20 purchases, in-person or through my Etsy shop.

November 5, 2016 Lake Merritt Walk

November 5, 2016 Lake Merritt Walk

The next Lake Merritt walk will be on Saturday, January 7, 2017. If you are in the Bay Area, join the Northern California Facebook Group to get details on this and other events.


Phil’s Camino Screening and Conversation with Annie O’Neil and Phil Volker
December 4 & 5

Annie O’Neil is back in the Bay Area for screenings of her film Phil’s Camino. If anyone is interested in meeting the man himself, Phil will be there. Come one, come all!

Sunday, Dec. 4, 1 PM at the Chapel on Fort Ord in Monterey/Seaside.
Location: 4280 General Jim Moore Blvd, Seaside, CA

Monday, December 5, 3 PM at Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley.
Location: 1735 Le Roy Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

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Camino and Hiking Events in November 2016

Here’s a roundup of Camino related and hiking events in the SF Bay Area for the month of November.  For those who live elsewhere, there are Camino hotspots all over the USA and the APOC website has a listing of local chapters where you can find Camino events. There are also many active Facebook groups to learn about events in your region.

Camino Welcome Home Potluck & Party
Oakland, CA

Saturday, November 12, 2016, 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Help us celebrate this year’s returning pilgrims at our annual Welcome Home Potluck & Party on Saturday, November 12. Well be gathering at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Oakland, near the border with Berkeley. Were excited to have fellow pilgrim, Stephanie Dodaro, give a special presentation on her California El Camino Real Walk from Sonoma to San Diego in 2012. As always, returnees will have an opportunity to introduce themselves and share a little about their experience. And lets continue our winning record by bringing along a super-delicious dish to share (main, side, salad, dessert). Extra points for something inspired by the Camino. Wine counts, too! Doors open at 10:30 AM and we plan to finish up by 3:30 PM. RSVP required (see below for instructions).

Program: A general schedule of activities.

  • 10:30 Doors open, check in, El Rastro
  • 11:00-11:30 Welcome, chapter announcements
  • 11:30-12:30 California El Camino Real presentation and Q&A
  • 12:30-1:30 Lunch, El Rastro (cont’d)
  • 1:30-1:45 Group photos
  • 1:45-2:45 Returnee intros
  • 2:45-3:00 Camino “re-entry” tips, closing

Volunteer Help: If you can help us with setting up, feel free to arrive at 9:45 AM. We can also use help with cleaning up afterwards.

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More Injury Prevention Tips for the Camino

Here are the continuation videos of Scott “Shroomer” Williams’ talk that I captured at our annual blessing of the pilgrims event. Among many great tips, he demonstrated shortening your walking stride, using trekking poles and umbrellas, and ways to lighten your load.   He shared lessons of people he met along the Camino. He brought a box of gear for show & tell and demonstrated how to use everything. From blister and bedbug prevention to avoiding jungle rot, there’s something for everyone! Watch and learn from the Shroomer. Continue reading

Injury Prevention Tips for the Camino

Last week I told you about an epic hike on Mt. Diablo with Scott “Shroomer” Williams. Today I’m sharing a video of Scott at our annual blessing of the pilgrims event, talking about his first Camino and injury prevention tips for hikers.

Click to watch first video segment (11:05 minutes)

Continuation of Scott’s talk are below:

Scott Williams Injury Prevention Tips for the Camino: Part 2 

Scott Williams Injury Prevention Tips for the Camino: Part 3

Scott provided a handout with a list of ultra light gear companies for long distance walking.  See list below.

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Mount Diablo Hike with Scott “Shroomer” Williams

I finally hiked Mount Diablo, which I’ve been seeing all my life, as it’s the highest peak in the Bay Area at 3,849 feet elevation. I did it in a big way, with the guidance of long distance hiking expert, Scott “Shroomer” Williams and some of his hiking buddies.  We did nearly 3,000 feet elevation gain in four miles on the way up to the summit, and back downmy ears actually popped at one point! This was the ultimate Camino training hike, and I now can see why it’s called Devil Mountain.  Scott said there is nothing this tough on the Camino (thank goodness!) and that people train for Everest on these trails.  Below is my account of hiking with Shroomer.

The rolling hills leading up to the summit of Mt. Diablo

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