2015 Camino Training Overview

woman wearing backpack stands on a trail and leans against a wooden sign that says "Kortum Trail"

The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in combat.”   ― Navy SEALs

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I was very grateful for all the miles I’d walked on my training hikes in northern California prior to doing the Camino Francés in June and July of 2014, and for the friends who were willing to “go the distance” with me. Had I done enough training? Yes, just enough. In hindsight, I realize it would have been beneficial to do many more long hikes with a fully loaded pack.

This page is a log of my training hikes for Camino 2015, which will take place June – August. (I’ve been thinking about doing the Norte but the pull of the Francés is strong…)

Brand new Brooks last spring on a Sonoma Coast State Park hike

Brand new Brooks last spring on a Sonoma Coast State Park hike

2015 May 14 (Thursday)
Company: Marian
Route: Sorich Lollipo (counterclockwise)
Distance: 4.78 miles (__kilometers)
Elevation Gain: 667 feet (__ meters)
Time: 1.5 hours
Weather: 70s (F)
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: New WrightSock Coolmesh II size (one medium, one large), short crew X 1.
Notes: Usually I wear two pair of the WrightSocks but today my size 11 Cascadias felt too small so I went with one pair, which was perfect.

2015 May 7 (Thursday)
Company: Solo
Route: Sorich To Gate
Distance: 3.5? miles (__kilometers)
Elevation Gain: 667 feet (__ meters)
Time: 45 minutes hours
Weather: ___
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: New WrightSock Coolmesh II size (one medium, one large), short crew X 1.
Notes: 

2015 April 26 (Sunday)
Company: Jim
Route: Muir Beach “lollipop” loop from Tam High in Mill Valley
Distance: 11.88 miles (19 kilometers)
Elevation Gain: 1729 feet (527 meters)
Time: 5 hours including 45 minute lunch break
Weather: 60s (F) misty, foggy, a little rain (perfect hiking weather)
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: New WrightSock Coolmesh II size (one medium, one large), short crew X 2.
Notes: Loaded Osprey pack.

2015 April 23 (Thursday)
Company: Marian
Route: Sorich Typical
Distance: 4.78 miles (__kilometers)
Elevation Gain: 667 feet (__ meters)
Time: 1.5 hours
Weather: 70s (F)
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: New WrightSock Coolmesh II size (one medium, one large), short crew X 2.
Notes: 

2015 April 15 (Wednesday)
Company: Laura, Sam, Jen, and David
Route: Tunnel Falls from Eagle Creek Trailhead in the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
Distance: 13.25 (21.3 km)
Elevation Gain: 1643ft (500 meters)
Time: ___ hours (9:30am to 4pm?)
Weather: Warm and sunny
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: WrightSock Coolmesh II, short crew x 2 (one medium, one large)
Pack & Water: Mom’s Target daypack and her 1 liter metal water bottle
Notes: Borrowed David’s trekking poles. Had a great time talking about the Camino!

2015 April 5 (Sunday)
Company: Lisa, Don, and Peter
Route: Dipsea, Cypress, Tenderfoot, Troop 80, Deer Valley, Miwok, Homestead
Distance: 13.5 miles (21.75 kilometers)
Elevation Gain: 2630 feet (801.6 meters)
Time: 6 hours
Weather: Drizzly but balmy morning / cool & breezy at lunch / sunny and balmy afternoon
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: WrightSock Coolmesh II size (one medium, one large), short crew X 2.
Notes: Sore feet.

2015 March 31 (Tuesday)
Company: Marian
Route: Sorich Typical
Distance: 4.78 miles (__kilometers)
Elevation Gain: 667 feet (__ meters)
Time: 1.5 hours
Weather: Low 70s (F)
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: New WrightSock Coolmesh II size (one medium, one large), short crew X 2.
Notes: 

2015 March 29 (Sunday)
Company: Solo
Route: Tam High, Dias Ridge, Miwok, Laurel Canyon, Bay Trail Loop
Distance: 8.7 miles (14 kilometers)
Elevation Gain: 1122 feet (342 meters)
Time: 3 hours
Weather: 70s and sunny
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: WrightSock Coolmesh II size (one medium, one large), short crew X 2.
Notes: Ran into Don and Randee (from last Sunday’s hike) who biked by me on the Bay Trail, but recognized me from behind and stopped to say hi.

2015 March 22 (Sunday)
Company: Randee and Don
Route: Muir Beach “lollipop” loop from Tam High in Mill Valley
Distance: 11.88 miles (19 kilometers)
Elevation Gain: 1729 feet (527 meters)
Time: 5 hours
Weather: 60s (F) misty, foggy, a little rain (perfect hiking weather)
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: New WrightSock Coolmesh II size (one medium, one large), short crew X 2.
Notes: My back went out this morning before the hike but I went anyway and was glad I did. Toes sore/number after hike; not sure why since I never feel them pressing against the shoes.

2015 March 12 (Thursday)
Company: Marian
Route: Sorich Typical
Distance: 4.78 miles (7.69 kilometers)
Elevation Gain: 624 feet (190.20 meters)
Time: 1.5 hours
Weather: Low 70s (F)
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: New WrightSock Coolmesh II size (one medium, one large), short crew X 2.
Notes: 

2015 March 8 (Sunday)
Company: Jim W.
Route: San Geronimo Ridge (out-and-back)
Distance: 9.63 miles (15.5 kilometers)
Elevation Gain: 1635 feet (498 meters)
Time: 4 hours
Weather: 70s (F)
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: New WrightSock Coolmesh II size (one medium, one large), short crew X 2.
Poles: Yes! Happiness!

2015 March 7 (Saturday)
Company: Paula
Route: Ring Mountain Loop (from Paradise side)
Distance: 5.5 miles (___ kilometers)
Elevation Gain: ___ feet (___ meters)
Time: 2.5 hours
Weather: 70s (F)
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: New WrightSock Coolmesh II size (one medium, one large), short crew X 2.
Poles: No. (And I missed them.)

2015 March 5 (Thursday)
Company: Marian
Route: Sorich Typical
Distance: 4.78 miles (7.69 kilometers)
Elevation Gain: 624 feet (190.20 meters)
Time: 1.5 hours
Weather: High 60s (F)
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: New WrightSock Coolmesh II size (one medium, one large), short crew X 2.
Notes: 

2015 March 3 (Tuesday)
Company: Marian
Route: Sorich Typical
Distance: 4.78 miles (7.69 kilometers)
Elevation Gain: 624 feet (190.20 meters)
Time: 1.5 hours
Weather: High 60s (F)
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: New WrightSock Coolmesh II size (one medium, one large), short crew X 2.
Notes: Walked the usual route in reverse.

2015 February 19 (Friday)
Company: Don J.
Route: Barnabe Mountain loop, Samuel P. Taylor Park, Marin County, CA
Distance: 10 miles (16 km)
Elevation Gain: 1672ft (510 m)
Time: 5.5 hours
Weather: Warm and sunny
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: WrightSock Coolmesh II, short crew x 2 (one medium, one large)
Pack & Water: Old REI “Runoff Hydration Pack” with Osprey 2 liter reservoir
Notes: Beautiful views all the way out to Tomales Bay

2015 February 18 (Wednesday)
Company: Nick F.
Route: Circumnavigated East Peak of Mt. Tamalpais, beginning at Middle Peak
Distance: 2 miles? 2 miles? It’s possible. REALLY steep, more like rock climbing and lots of shale.
Elevation Gain:
Time: 3 hours
Weather: Warm and sunny
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: WrightSock Coolmesh II, short crew x 2 (one medium, one large)
Pack & Water: Old REI “Runoff Hydration Pack” with Osprey 2 liter reservoir
Notes: Honestly, this wasn’t my idea of a good time. Much of it consisted of slipping and sliding down shale-covered trails or scrambling up extremely steep, often rocky deer-type paths.

2015 February 17 (Tuesday)
Company: David Y.
Route: Old Springs/Miwok/Bobcat/Marincello
Distance: 7.83 miles (___ kilometers)
Elevation Gain: ___ feet (___ meters)
Time: 3 hours
Weather: Foggy but mild
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: WrightSock Coolmesh II, short crew x 2 (one medium, one large)
Notes: Old REI “Runoff Hydration Pack” with Osprey 2 liter reservoir

2015 February 16 (Monday)
Company: Self
Route: Tam High to Stinson via Dipsea Trail (for the most part)
Distance: 8.28 + 3.91 = 12.19 miles (19.62 kilometers)
Elevation Gain: 1306 + 838 = 2145 feet (653.8 meters)
Time: Hours and hours
Weather: Part 1: Sunny and warm. Part 2: Warm & foggy. Part 3: Cool, foggy, breezy
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: WrightSock Coolmesh II, short crew x 2 (one medium, one large)
Notes: Old REI “Runoff Hydration Pack” with Osprey 2 liter reservoir


2015 February 14 (Saturday)
Company: Daniel B.
Route: Homestead Valley (Mill Valley) to Muir Woods Loop
Distance: 5.23 miles (8.41 kilometers)
Elevation Gain: 939 feet (286.20 meters)
Time: 2 hours, 40 minutes
Weather: Mid 80s (F)
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: WrightSock Coolmesh II, short crew x 2 (one medium, one large)
Notes: Old REI “Runoff Hydration Pack” with Osprey 2 liter reservoir. We hitchhiked from Muir Woods up to 4 Corners because of time constraints so the route map isn’t completely accurate. (It would have been 6+ miles if we’d walked the entire thing.)

2015 February 13 (Friday)
Company: Daniel B.
Route: Walk on Stinson Beach
Distance: 3.27 miles (___ kilometers)
Elevation Gain: 5 feet (___ meters)
Time: 1.5 hours
Weather: Mild
Shoes: Barefoot
Socks: None
Notes: Beautiful sunset. Sky on fire.

2015 February 8 (Sunday)
Company: Solo
RouteMiwok Trail from Panoramic Highway
Distance: ? miles (? kilometers)
Elevation Gain: ? feet (? meters)
Time: 45 minutes
Weather: Low 60s (F)
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: New WrightSock Coolmesh II size (one medium, one large), short crew X 2.
Notes: Loaded pack (Osprey Sirrus 36L)


2015 January 22 (Sunday)
Company: Mary-Rita
Route: Steep Ravine
Distance: 7 miles (11.27 kilometers)
Elevation Gain: 1460 feet (445 meters)
Time: 3 hours 40 minutes
Weather: High 60s (F)
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: New WrightSock Coolmesh II size (one medium, one large), short crew X 2.
Notes:


 

Thursday, 2015 January 29
Company: Marian
Route: Sorich Typical
Distance: 4.78 miles (7.69 kilometers)
Elevation Gain: 624 feet (190.20 meters)
Time: 1.5 hours
Weather: High 60s (F)
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: New WrightSock Coolmesh II size (one medium, one large), short crew X 2.
Notes:


 

Thursday, 2015 January 22
Company: Marian
Route: Sorich Typical
Distance: 4.78 miles (7.69 kilometers)
Elevation Gain: 624 feet (190.20 meters)
Time: 1.5 hours
Weather: High 60s (F)
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: New WrightSock Coolmesh II size (one medium, one large), short crew X 2.
Notes:

Tuesday, 2015 January 20
Company: Marian
Route: Sorich Typical
Distance: 4.78 miles (7.69 kilometers)
Elevation Gain: 624 feet (190.20 meters)
Time: 1.5 hours
Weather: High 60s (F)
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: New WrightSock Coolmesh II size (one medium, one large), short crew X 2.
Notes:

Sunday, 2015 January 18
Company: Tristan
Route: San Geronimo Ridge Road
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Distance: 10.99 miles (17.69 kilometers)
Elevation Gain: 1790 feet (545.60 meters)
Time: 4 hours, 20 minutes (2.22 mph)
Weather: 60s (F)
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: WrightSock Coolmesh II short crew X 2 (one medium, one large).
Notes:


 

2015 January 15 (Thursday)
Company: Marian
Route: Sorich Weird
Distance: 3.43 miles (8.14 kilometers)
Elevation Gain: 511 feet (144.78 meters)
Time: 1 hour
Weather: High 60s (F)
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: New WrightSock Coolmesh II size (one medium, one large), short crew X 2.
Notes:

2015 January 11 (Sunday)
Company: Tristan
Route: Hogback/Matt Davis/Troop 80 Loop
Distance: 5.06 miles (8.14 km)
Elevation Gain: 475 feet (145 m)
Time: 2 hours?
Weather: High 60s (F)
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: New WrightSock Coolmesh II size (one medium, one large), short crew X 2.Notes


 

2015 January 7 (Wednesday)
Company: Ally
Route: Sorich Out and Back
Distance: 2.8 miles (__ kilometers)
Elevation Gain: 472 feet (____ meters)
Time: 45 minutes
Weather: High 60s (F)
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)Socks: New WrightSock Coolmesh II size (one medium, one large), short crew X 2.Notes: Ran into Noel and Jeff up on the ridge. Noel told me she has been working on a painting from one of my Camino photos. I can’t wait to see it!


2015 January 1 (Thursday)
Company: Lisa
Route: Headlands Loop from Golden Gate Bridge
Distance: 7.28 miles (11.72 kilometers)
Elevation Gain: 1254 feet (382 meters)
Time: 3 hours
Weather: High 60s (F)
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: New WrightSock Coolmesh II size (one medium, one large), short crew X 2.Notes

2014 December 31
Company: Don
Route: Stinson Beach / Willow Camp / Cataract / Old Mine / Dipsea
Distance: 8.64 miles (13.9 kilometers)
Elevation Gain: 2059 feet (627 meters)
Time: 5 hours 20 minutes
Weather: High 60s (F)
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: New WrightSock Coolmesh II size (one medium, one large), short crew X 2.Notes: Don walked the Camino in May and June 2014. It was wonderful comparing stories.

2014 December 29
Company: Peter
Route: Meadow/Bear Valley to Arch Rock Loop, Pt. Reyes
Distance: 11.42 miles (18.38 kilometers)
Elevation Gain: 1658 feet (505 meters)
Time: 4 hours 50 minutes
Weather: High 60s (F)
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: New WrightSock Coolmesh II size (one medium, one large), short crew X 2.Notes


2014 December 25
Company: Nick Franklin
Route: Stinson / Dipsea / Matt Davis Loop
Distance: 7.43 miles (12 kilometers)
Elevation Gain: 1471 feet (448 meters)
Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Weather: High 60s (F)
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: New WrightSock Coolmesh II size (one medium, one large), short crew X 2.Notes

2014 December 14
Company: Matt
Route: Boot Jack / Rock Spring / Cataract / Alpine Lake Loop
Distance: 10.13 miles ( 16 kilometers)
Elevation Gain: 2122 feet ( 647 meters)
Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
Weather: Mostly drizzly and misty
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: New WrightSock Coolmesh II size (one medium, one large), short crew X 2.Notes: We’d planned to begin at Rock Springs but the road was closed at Pan Toll so we hiked from Boot Jack instead.

2014 December 7
Company: Self
Route: Tam High to Boot Jack
Distance: 7.43 miles (12 kilometers)
Elevation Gain: 1864 feet (568 meters)
Time: 3 hours 45 minutes
Weather: Foggy and damp
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: New WrightSock Coolmesh II size (one medium, one large), short crew X 2.Notes: Sara picked me up at Boot Jack, then we drove to Stinson where we had lunch.>

2014 November 23 
Company: Matt
Route: Annadel SP: Lawndale/Redwood Springs/Schultz Loop
Distance: 11.5 miles (18.5 kilometers)
Elevation Gain: 1265 feet (386 meters)
Time: 4 hours, 40 minutes. (Got lost on the way there. Took photos.)
Weather: High 60s (F)
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: New WrightSock Coolmesh II size medium, short crew X 2.
Notes: Sore left instep, hallux pain in both toes, right hip pain

2014 November 6
Company: Matt
Route: Montara State Park/McNee Ranch
Distance: 11 miles (17.7 kilometers)
Elevation Gain: 2300 feet (701 meters)
Time: 5 hours. (Got lost. Took photos.)
Weather: Seventies afternoon. Windy
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: New WrightSock Coolmesh II size medium, short crew X 2.
Notes:

2014 November 5
Company: Marian
Route: Ridgewood Fire Trail/to Fox Fork
Distance: 4.44 miles (7.15 kilometers)
Elevation Gain: 592 feet (180 meters)
Time: ?
Weather: Mid seventies
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: New WrightSock Coolmesh II size medium, short crew X 2.
Notes: Jogged downhill.

2014 November 7
Company: Marian
Route: Ridgewood Fire Trail/to Fox Fork
Distance: 4.44 miles (7.15 kilometers)
Elevation Gain: 592 feet (180 meters)
Time: ?
Weather: Mid seventies
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: New WrightSock Coolmesh II size medium, short crew X 2.
Notes: Jogged downhill.

2014 October 25
Company: Self
Route: Around Mill Valley
Distance: 4.82 miles (7.7 kilometers)
Elevation Gain: 0
Time: ?
Weather: Mid seventies
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: New WrightSock Coolmesh II size medium, short crew X 2.
Notes: Jogged downhill.

2014 October 21
Company: Marian
Route: Ridgewood Fire Trail/Fawn Loop
Distance: 4.78 miles (7.69 kilometers)
Elevation Gain: 628.54 feet (1191 meters)
Time: 1.5 hours
Weather: Mid seventies
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: New WrightSock Coolmesh II size medium, short crew X 2.
Notes: Jogged briefly downhill.

Headed to Matt Davis on Hogback
Matt Davis headed to Boot Jack

2014 September 27
Company: Jim
RouteMatt Davis/Troop 80 Loop
Distance: 5 miles (8.05 kilometers)
Elevation Gain: 475 feet (145 meters)
Time: 1.5 hours
Weather: Hot (mid eighties)
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: New WrightSock Coolmesh II size medium, short crew X 2.
Notes: Jogged briefly downhill.

2014 September 18
Company: Marian
Route: Ridgewood Fire Trail/Fawn Loop
Distance: 4.78 miles (7.69 kilometers)
Elevation Gain: 628.54 feet (191 meters)
Time: 1.5 hours
Weather: Hot (mid eighties)
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: New WrightSock Coolmesh II size medium, short crew X 2.
Notes: Jogged briefly downhill.

2014 September 16
Company: Marian
Route: Ridgewood Fire Trail/Fawn Loop
Distance: 4.78 miles (7.69 kilometers)
Elevation Gain: 628.54 feet (191 meters)
Time: 1.5 hours
Weather: Hot (mid eighties)
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: New WrightSock Coolmesh II size medium, short crew X 2.
Notes: The hallux rigidus and the achilles were painful. My assumption is from not exercising enough.

2014 September 6
Company: Lisa
Route: Tam High / Muir Beach Loop
Distance: 11.37 miles (18.3 kilometers)
Elevation Gain: 1440.83 feet (439.7 meters)
Time: 1.5 hours
Weather: Hot (mid eighties)
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: New WrightSock Coolmesh II size medium, short crew X 2.
Notes: Beautiful day at the beach.

2014 August 12
Company: Lisa & Leslie
Route: Downtown Mill Valley to West Point Inn Out and Back
Distance: 12.54 miles (20.18 kilometers)
Elevation Gain: 1777 feet (541.6 meters)
Time: ___ hours
Weather: Hot (mid eighties)
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: New WrightSock Coolmesh II size medium, short crew X 2.
Notes: Beautiful day at the beach.

2014 August 10
Company: John & Haya
Route: Tilden near animal farm to Nimitz Way Loop
Distance: __ miles (___ kilometers)
Elevation Gain: __feet (____ meters)
Time: ___ hours
Weather: Temperate
Shoes: Brooks Cascadia 9, size 11 (The “Right” Shoe)
Socks: New WrightSock Coolmesh II size medium, short crew X 2.
Notes:

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