Learn About El Camino de Santiago from the French Pyrenees Across Northern Spain



Presentation by Ann Loar Brooks. FREE but registration is required. Here is a link to the event:

https://www.rei.com/event/48379/session/65459

Group Size: 40

Ann Loar Brooks shares her pictures and experiences on her 800k journey on the Camino de Santiago. Since medieval times this pilgrimage route has been traveled by people from all over the world. Located in northern Spain this trail travels through some of Spain's most picturesque country side. Ann has hiked the trail twice where she made new friends from 18 to 80 years of age. She will discuss lodging, food sources, security, equipment, and what to expect on the trail plus some packing suggestions.

For those coming early, we can meet at An Poitin Still (The Still) 2323 York Road, Timonium, MD 21093 for happy hour and then head to Rei for the 7 o'clock event. The Still is 1 mile north of the REI store along York road.

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  • Kirsten

    This was a very informative presentation about hiking in Europe. A certain possibility if time and money were not an object. It looked like a lot of fun and with many options for eating.

    April 2, 2013

  • Jim N.

    Very informative and a lot of fun at The Still!

    April 1, 2013

  • Aileen K.

    Interesting to learn about El Camino. Well presented.

    March 30, 2013

  • Moi

    good

    March 30, 2013

  • Kelly B.

    I'm sold on the camino! Great intimate crowd at REI and the still! Loved it!

    March 29, 2013

  • Jim N.

    Kirsten & I are at REI in back where they are showing the program.

    March 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Never got moved off the wait list, so at this point I'm giving up on it. Maybe this event can be scheduled again or at another location... and the rest of us will get to attend then. Hope everyone enjoys!

    March 29, 2013

  • Margie

    For this new date on 29 March, I am happy to drive from downtown DC and can take three passengers (in a Honda Civic). It may be fun to do a happy hour beforehand of afterwards. Happy to hear what someone might suggest...

    1 · March 25, 2013

    • Moi

      Hi Margie, Thanks much! looking forward to meeting you all at 4:30 tomo by the Gallery place metro and I just send you my contact detail in a separate email. See you all

      March 28, 2013

    • Margie

      Moi, Shefali--my cell phone is[masked]-7595. I will pick you up at the Gallery Place metro at 4:30. I have a white Honda Civic.

      March 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I envy u all, that u are going... Ahahahaha...!!! Have a grea time :D

    March 28, 2013

  • Kelly B.

    Great Aileen my number is[masked] call if you change plans. I'll be in a 2-door black civic. See you then- cant wait to hang with y'all!

    March 27, 2013

    • Kelly B.

      Yes on the Rockville pike side- so exit the metro turnstile and exit left. No worries I you don't see me just call my cell

      March 28, 2013

    • Aileen K.

      Okee dokee smoky

      March 28, 2013

  • Tanya G

    I'll be going out of town, won't be able to make it. Sorry! :(

    March 28, 2013

  • Aileen

    Last call requesting a ride

    March 27, 2013

    • Margie

      I am leaving from downtown DC around 4:30. Intersted in a ride?

      March 27, 2013

  • Aileen

    Kelly, I'll be at Rockville.thsnks

    March 27, 2013

  • Kelly B.

    I can take 3 people if you meet me at 5p at the Rockville metro

    March 27, 2013

  • Sophie

    Couldn't reserve the spot with REI, it says the event is full

    March 26, 2013

    • Mark H

      Yes, I just had same problem when I tried to register today (just following the posted link above does not reveal that). Hope all else enjoy !

      1 · March 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      yeah, I guess I'll learn a lesson... 'pay more attention...!!! ;p

      1 · March 27, 2013

  • Kelly B.

    Hey guys unless people start bailing, its too late unfortunately.

    March 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yeah Kelly... I think u right :)
      But... I'll wait... :p
      Ahahahaha...!!! Let's see... :D

      March 27, 2013

  • Moi

    Can we get a ticket now? or too late?

    March 27, 2013

  • Jim N.

    Yes, you need a ticket and the event has been full with REI for 3 weeks.

    March 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone...
    I'll be driving from Great Falls, VA if someone needs a ride, I can take 2 more people.
    Looking forward to meet you all. :)

    March 26, 2013

  • Margie

    I can drive or passenger, from downtown DC, near Logan Circle.

    February 17, 2013

    • Moi

      Excellent Margie, When shall we meet and where in downtown?

      March 26, 2013

    • Moi

      Thanks for the ride and happy to share gas

      March 26, 2013

  • Kelly B.

    So in case you haven't seen REIs email, the event has been rescheduled for march 29th I'm a maybe for now. Stay safe tomorrow!

    1 · March 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey Kelly, I just saw Margie's post about driving from downtown DC. If there is space in her car, it would be easier for me to just meet her after work...let me see what she says, otherwise, I will metro it up to Rockville to meet you. thank you in advance!!

      March 25, 2013

    • Peter F.

      I'm no longer attending.Heading to New River Gorge with a bunch of climbers....gonna try sleeping in a hammock.

      March 25, 2013

  • Aileen

    can I hitch a ride from ant metro stop?

    March 25, 2013

  • PaulD

    Grim as it may sound, when my dog no longer is around to need cared for I plan to do the pilgrimage my self!

    January 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I have the same plan.

      March 25, 2013

  • Joe L.

    I am actually almost went last year until I met this fabulous backpacking group and all the wonderful people in it!

    March 25, 2013

  • Aileen

    Let me know if I can hitch a ride too. I'm on the way....Greenbelt.
    Thanks.

    March 22, 2013

  • Peter F.

    wondering who might be driving out from DC for this and would like to give me a ride?

    March 22, 2013

  • patricia z.

    Hello from REI Timonium: Due to the threat of inclement weather we have decided to cancel tomorrow's presentation. We have rescheduled the presentation for Friday March 29, 2013 at 7:00pm. Please go to our web site and register for the program. http://www.rei.com/event/50037/session/68823/03302013 Thanks for your understanding with regards to the pending weather conditions. We hope this alternate date fits into your schedule and we look forward to seeing you on Friday March 29 at REI Timonium. Vernon Kreisel Outreach Specialist[masked]

    March 5, 2013

  • Tanya G

    Will attend if this is really on the 29th!

    March 5, 2013

  • PaulD

    I have to work.

    1 · March 4, 2013

  • Mary L.

    I signed up for this event months ago. I 'm just now finding out that registration at REI was required. The event is full.

    March 1, 2013

  • Kelly B.

    Moi- I'm sorry to say my two door civic will only fit ginger shafali Peter and I. Can anyone else pick up Moi? Folks with me we can aim for 5:15 at Rockville metro! My number is[masked] of your plans change- text me your numbers of you can.

    February 28, 2013

    • Moi

      No worries:)

      February 28, 2013

  • patricia z.

    Hi Everyone! I am looking forward to sharing this event and tales from El Camino with you all. Just a reminder; if you have not registered at REI (free of charge) do so now. Even if you are signed up here you still need to register with REI. Those of us that get there early will be at The Still.
    The Still (An Poitin Still)
    2323 York Road (Near REI)
    Timonium, MD
    http://thestilltimoni...

    February 28, 2013

  • Margie

    I am leaving from down town DC around 3:30. We will grab a bite before the talk. I can take one more.

    February 28, 2013

  • Katrina

    So far and my guests bailed. Take notes for me. :)

    February 28, 2013

  • Kelly B.

    Ginger, Shefali and Peter- trying to map out the driving route for march 6th- ginger if you'll be home I'll swing by, and Shefali and Peter can you meet at the Rockville metro by 5/5:30p? It'll be a least an hour drive and the thing starts at 7p- let me know your thoughts

    February 18, 2013

    • Kelly B.

      Confirmation yet whether shefali is confirmed yet, will let you know! Welcome! ;)

      February 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Kelly, i am in :) thanks for double checking! i sent a message a few days ago confirming but maybe it got lost. Can we all squeeze in? Just let us know if you want us there closer to five or five thirty.

      February 24, 2013

  • Joe L.

    I am actually almost went last year until I met this fabulous backpacking group and all the wonderful people in it!

    February 21, 2013

  • Bob

    Would this happen to be St. Paul's route across Spain??

    February 16, 2013

  • patricia z.

    Jim,
    Great idea! Any tapas places or Spanish "watering holes" up that way that you could suggest as a meeting place?
    I would love to meet someplace but do not know the area. AND there is the issue of how long it takes us to get up there from points south (I know, a little taste of what you go through coming out way!).

    January 25, 2013

    • patricia z.

      Jim, The Italian Sushi place could be handy. Folks could park once and linger until a few minutes before the event starts. So if the food quality checks out and the atmosphere is good, let's go for that based on convenience. I think Bluestone also looks like exceptionally good food, but maybe a bit pricey for a week night! Now the ball is bak in your court, looks like you have to go out drinking and eating in order to do research.

      February 12, 2013

    • Jim N.

      Both restaurants are right next to one another Patricia. We can hit Happy Hour either at Hightops or The Still if you need some happy hour time too! ;-)

      February 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Having surgery tomorrow so can't make it.

    February 12, 2013

  • Kelly B.

    Sound like I can try to take ginger shefali and Peter (if you're game Peter)

    1 · February 12, 2013

    • Peter F.

      thats great....thanks Kelly.

      February 12, 2013

  • Steve M

    Again, be sure to register with REI if you plan on attending!
    https://www.rei.com/event/48379/session/65459

    February 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anybody going to this from DC? I have been wanting to do the Compestella for many years, but never did even when i was in the hood.

    If you have advice on a public transport option to the venue, let me know. Thanks!

    February 11, 2013

    • Steve M

      Not entirely familiar with the MARC train, but there appears to be one leaving from Baltimore at 9:15pm? I'll be happy to shuttle, up to four people, from REI to Baltimore, Penn Station... it's close by.

      February 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Steve, that might be an option for the return.

      February 12, 2013

  • Kelly B.

    I can try to coordinate metro pick ups - I can fit three folks in my car. Message me. I'll be driving from Rockville

    February 11, 2013

    • Ginger Q.

      Kelly, would I be able to catch a ride with you from Rockville?

      February 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Kelly, that would be great, thanks! I would love a ride as well.

      February 12, 2013

  • Jim N.

    Wow it's at my local REI Store! Anyone care to meet me at a local "watering hole" for Happy Hour?

    January 25, 2013

  • Steve M

    Be sure to register for the event with REI!
    https://www.rei.com/event/48379/session/65459

    January 18, 2013

  • craig l.

    Thaaaaannnkkkk yoooouuuuu Steeeeeeevvveee ! Registered

    January 18, 2013

  • Veronica

    ~ I did the pilgrimage myself in 2011. It was an amazing, amazing, yes, amazing experience. One that I will repeat over and over again. Everybody should do it at least ones in their life.

    1 · January 18, 2013

  • Irène

    I would love to attend but it's too far from the DC area.

    January 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds fascinating...Always up for learning about new travels...

    January 17, 2013

  • Dave

    I am registered.

    January 17, 2013

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