Blue Mountains 5-Day Camino Training Walk
22-26 September 2020: NOW FULLY BOOKED
UPDATE 2/9/20 Due to overwhelming response and registrations, we have closed Trybooking as the 5-Day walk is now FULLY BOOKED. Thank you all for supporting the Blue Mountains Camino Supporters group and the Blue Mountains 5-Day Camino Training Walk. If you missed out this year, keep the 5-Day Walk in mind for 2021. BUEN CAMINO
JOIN our 5-Day walking adventure! This is the 4th year the Blue Mountains Camino Supporters will be walking over 5 days from Penrith to Blackheath, the distance is 68-81kms depending on preferred route.
Although the Camino in Spain was reopened (and parts closed again) to European countries on 1 July 2020, for us in Australia it is unknown when we will be able to travel overseas. Earlier this year it was disappointing to cancel the March 5-Day Camino Training Walk due to coronavirus lockdown, however the health risk and warnings were too great to proceed. But now you have another opportunity in September to do the 5-Day Camino Training Walk in the beautiful Blue Mountains!
When? Springtime walk Tuesday 22 to Saturday 26 September 2020
Members of the Blue Mountains Camino Supporters [BMCS] will be walking over 5 days from Penrith, at the base of the Blue Mountains, all the way to Blackheath, near the top. This is a great opportunity to experience the Camino spirit right here in Australia. If you’re thinking of walking a Camino in Spain or Portugal, or other long walks elsewhere, this is a great opportunity to try out your gear and see if you like long distance walking! And if 5 days is too long you can join the group for fewer days or just one day if you wish.
Please be aware this is not a ‘guided’ walk but rather a walk with a group of Camino friends travelling up the Blue Mountains. In parts it is a walk reminiscent of travelling a Camino in Spain. Walking a Camino means you might walk on dirt tracks, concrete footpaths and roads as well as through paddocks and rural scenery. You will encounter hills and steps. Penrith is our starting point and is 25m above sea level, and Blackheath is at 1065m.
You will be provided with maps and an information guide showing 2 walking routes - a DIRECT route and a TECHNICAL route. You can decide which route best suits your capabilities and whether to walk alone or in a group.
* The DIRECT route is mostly on paved roads and gravel footpaths with only a few bush tracks. Note there are hills and some steps. Penrith, our starting point, is 25m above sea level, and Blackheath, our end point, is at 1065m. The distances are between 11km and 13km, with only the first day at 21.5km. Total distance is 68km on the dedicated route.
* The TECHNICAL route includes some bush tracks and is only recommended for those with prior experience of bushwalking more than 15km. The distances are between 14km and 16km, with only the first day at 23.5km. Total distance is 81km on the dedicated route.
Remember: All walkers are responsible for their own personal safety and well being. If walking with a friend or in a group, you must practice appropriate social distancing and good hygiene at all times. Carry hand sanitiser in your bag/pack, carry a mask and highly recommended to wear a mask when catching public transport. If you are feeling unwell, please do not participate and if unsure, please get COVID-19 tested. Be COVID SAFE, download the COVID App. Protect yourself and others information Click Here
How hard is the walk?
The Summary of the 5-Day Blue Mountains Camino Training Walk below provides the distance for each route. Each day you have the option of 2 routes – a DIRECT or a TECHNICAL route. You do not have to commit to the same option each day.
The DIRECT route is the shorter and easier option, and is Grade 2 or Grade 3 as per the NSW National Parks grading system.
The TECHNICAL route includes bush tracks and requires prior bushwalking experience, and Grade 3 or Grade 4.
Grade 2: No bushwalking experience required. The track is hardened or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section(s) and occasional steps.
Grade 3: Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections, a rough surface and many steps.
Grade 4: Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep.
How much does it cost?
We ask each participant for a $25 donation to assist in the on-going development and mapping of the route and to provide the necessary tools to each walker.
If you are unable to attend you can transfer the registration to another person. However, we cannot refund the $25 registration donation.
NOTE: If you registered and made the donation for the cancelled March 2020 5-Day Walk and wish to do the September walk, you are still required to register but you do not need to make the donation (tick appropriate box). We hope you can join us for the September 5-Day Walk!
How to Register? NOW FULLY BOOKED
Registration via Trybooking for the 5-Day Blue Mountains Camino Training Walk, 22-26 September 2020 . We have closed the Trybooking for this event as it is fully booked.
An information package will be emailed to you within a few days. The maps will be emailed to you approx two weeks prior to commencement of walk.
Summary of the 5-Day Blue Mountains Camino Training Walk
Please note all walkers are responsible for their own personal safety and well being. It is advisable to book your accommodation early and check the cancellation policy should that be needed (hopefully not!). You may wish to base yourself in one (such as Glenella Guesthouse) or two locations and travel to and from start/finishing points each day. Please note: Glenella Albergue is now fully booked for the days of the 5-Day walk.
Elevation for the Direct and Technical routes for Day 3 of the 5 Day walk, note the dip around 7-9 kms of the Technical route.
Pic: Wall map in the Camino Corner at Glenella Guesthouse shows the routes for the 5-Day Blue Mountains Camino Training Walk
Previous 5-Day Blue Mountains Camino Training Walks conducted by the Blue Mountains Camino Supporters:
* 24-28 March 2020 - Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the March autumn walk was cancelled.
* 22-26 October 2019 - Penrith to Blackheath approx 84kms. Twelve pilgrims commenced on Day 1 with 8 pilgrims completing all 5 days. On Day 5 Katoomba to Blackheath, the numbers swelled to about 30 joining the last day.
* 25-29 September 2018 Penrith to Blackheath
* 22-29 September 2017 the inaugural 5-Day walk Penrith to Blackheath. Six pilgrims set off on Day 1 with many others joining in to do lesser days. After arriving at Blackheath, two pilgrims continued onto Mt Victoria.
Pic: October 2019 Day 1 walkers setting off from Penrith to Springwood.
Pic: September 2018 Day 1 walkers setting off from Penrith to Springwood
Pic: September 2017, two walkers extended the end of Day 5 at Mt Victoria