April 2022 Newsletter.
2022 Events and Registration Links
April Camino Training Walk 
Saturday 30th April - Blackheath

Please note this month we will not be hosting a Camino Meetup at Glenella after the walk.
Two Walks will be offered:
  • Easy, Campbell Rhododendron Gardens and Blackheath Memorial Park and Govetts Leap Lookout 11km
  • Medium+ Bald Head via Hat Hill Canyon Exit 6km.
Blue Mountains Camino 5-Day Walk 
Tuesday 3rd May to Saturday 7th May
  • 5-Day Walk, Penrith to Blackheath. 
  • 2 Spaces available for Walk + Glenella (At time of writing)
  • 23 Spaces available for Walk (own accom)

Save the Dates..
  • Saturday 28th May, Training Walk and Camino Meetup
  • Saturday 25th June, Training Walk and Camino Meetup
  • Sunday 24th July, Feast of St James Day Eve dinner

  • Saturday 30th July, Training Walk and Camino Meetup

  • Saturday 27th August, Training Walk and Camino Meetup

  • Tuesday 6th to Saturday 10th September, 5-Day Walk - Details and Registration Here.

  • Saturday 24th September, Training Walk and Camino Meetup

  • Tuesday 25th to Saturday 29th October, 5-Day Walk - Details and Registration Here.

  • Saturday 29th October, Training Walk and Camino Meetup

  • Saturday 26th November, Training Walk and Camino Meetup

We hope you will join us in 2022.
Blue Mountains Camino 5-Day Walk March 2022.
Photos:  L: End of Day 5 March 2022 walkers (a few missed out on photoshoot) R: Eileen & Richard, Hospitaleros at Glenella Albergue for March 5-Day Walk.
Twenty four pilgrims joined us for the March Blue Mountains Camino 5-Day Walk, coming from various areas of Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Kanimbla, 2 from Canberra and 1 from Melbourne. Because four from the organising team were away, we were very fortunate to have Eileen and Richard, trained and experienced Hospitalerios on the Camino in Spain, come to Glenella Albergue to be Hospitalerios for the week.  

They say the Camino provides and that it did! Due to the extensive rains in the Blue Mountains leading up to the March 5-Day Walk where there were landslips and some high creeks and waterways, muddy tracks abound.  There were no train services for about 3 weeks including of course the week of our 5-Day Walk, however replacement buses, in fact 2 buses from Blackheath were the order of the week.  Carpooling arrangements were made for Day 1 and some slight re-mapping of walking routes by our map extraordinaire, Nick.   

It wouldn't be the Blue Mountains not to experience various weather conditions.  Days 1 and 2 were 30 degrees and as the pilgrims made their way up the mountains by Days 3 and 4 the rain and drizzle set in so a great test of wet weather gear!
A WhatsApp group for the March Walkers proved a useful tool for communication and Rosie sent Reflection of the Day each morning.

Another successful and fulfilling, from the organisers view, Blue Mountains Camino 5-Day Walk completed!  We thank each and every pilgrim for their participation and feedback to the survey which will help us in planning the next 5-Day Walk.  🙏

Some generous feedback from a few of the March 5-Day pilgrims:
  • I’m so grateful for diverse experiences and interactions this week - my tank has been refueled.   I want to especially give a shout out and thanks for the huge efforts of the BMCS team and Eileen & Richard. 🙏 Mark
  • Thank you all who extended the hand of friendship these last few days and thank you and congratulations to our accommodation and track hospitalaros… Great 5 days.. astonishing amount of work on and off the trail… buen camino to those travelling this year.   David
  • Thank you one and all for making this Camino another great success and for caring, sharing and your friendship throughout the week.  Marina
  • Thank you one and all for a lovely week. To single out any one person would be like saying you had a favourite child, because love them all. We will carry the spirit on our next adventure in 3 weeks; Buen CaminoT   Terry
  • I thank you all, particularly the leaders of the Blue Mountains Camino group, our hosts and hospitaleros and others who did so much support work to make it all happen, both before and during the week. With some time to look back, I can say that it was a wonderful adventure, not just physically but also emotionally and spiritually. Thank you for sharing yourselves and accepting each other's idiosyncrasies, particularly my own.  God go with you all.  Brad
The Camino provides, especially for Maureen.....
  • Camino Magic has commenced. In my rush to grab my luggage when the train reached Central yesterday I left my small shoulder bag on the train. I reported the loss at Town Hall and thought I would never see it again. It had my phone, debit card, opal cards, house key and cash. I thought I would never see it again! Nor the cash in my cash account!  iPad "findmyphone" discovered the phone had done the City Circle and gone back on the Penrith line to St Mary's. My son rang the station and they had the bag and phone. When I picked it up just now from St Mary's station everything was in it including my pilgrim's Passport (Credential) and stone with the shell!  I said to my son last night that I will be happy to get it back and I don't mind if the kind, honest soul who returned it to the station (after a round about rideon the train) takes the cash as a reward. And they did! I don't begrudge it for a minute.   So very grateful. Maybe if the passport and shell weren't in the bag it may have met a sorrier end!   Update:  The money was returned (Rail staff had locked it away).    It was wonderful to meet you all and enjoy the Camino Spirit in the Blue Mountains. I feel far better prepared and confident to head off to Spain on 24 April. Rapidly approaching!    
There were 26 day walkers joining in the last Saturday of the month from Katoomba to Blackheath and they joined in the Celebratory lunch with the pilgrims on their last day of the 5-Day Walk. Thanks to Rosie and Sharise for leading the 2 groups of walkers.
Photo by Grace at Norths Lookout.  
Who's On the Way!
To Inspire, To Share, To Connect.....    
Here are some of our Supporters with flights booked and plans well underway for their 2022 Camino. You can see the Virtual "On The Way Board" on our website:  HERE. 

Hospitaleros - Eileen and Richard, our Glenella Albergue hospitaleros for the March 5-Day Walk will be at Albergue El Brugo Ranero (near Leon),  14-30 April 2022.   

If you would like to share your plans or connect with one of these fellow Australian Pilgrims when you’re On The Way, drop us a line HERE.
We look forward to reading your blogs.  Buen Camino
Blue Mountains Camino Supporters Pilgrim Record and Camino Badges.
The Blue Mountains Camino Supporters Pilgrim Record has been developed for pilgrims to record their walks here in the Blue Mountains or anywhere.  Collect pilgrim stamps each time you walk with us here in the Mountains, write your reflections, collect business cards or mementos to keep in your Pilgrim Record.

The Blue Mountains Camino Supporters Cloth Badges can be attached to your backpacks, covers, hats, or clothing. The badge measures 8cm in diameter and can be glued or stitched.

More details how to purchase a  Pilgrim Record and/or Badge   Click Here     
Can you Help?
We could always use your help!  Can you assist in some small way such as leading or sweeping a monthly Saturday morning walk or with the Camino Meetup, baking a Santiago Tart?  Or perhaps you have a suggestion for an event or training walk?  Have you read a great book about the Camino or perhaps seen an inspiring movie or listened to a podcast about the Camino then please EMAIL US and let us know.
About Blue Mountains Camino Supporters.
The Blue Mountains Camino Supporters Inc is a community group run by volunteers with the aim of:
  • Fostering the Camino Spirit in the Blue Mountains.
  • Bringing people together to share their interest and experience in walking a Camino pilgrimage
  • Supporting pilgrims in preparation for their pilgrimage
  • Connecting with other Camino Groups
  • Supporting Camino communities and organisations
There is a dedicated team of volunteers who plan, recce and organise the Blue Mountains Camino 5-Day Walks, monthly Training Walks, Camino Meetups and other events.   We hold monthly Camino Training Walks and Meetups on the last Saturday of the month except December. When available Glenella in Blackheath will host Meetups and the Blue Mountains Camino 5-Day Pilgirms. Glenella is owned and managed by Margaret and Rowan Bouttell .
                                              The Admin Team                                                     
L-R Johann Saure, Rowan Bouttell, Rosie Edmonds, Tony Hodgson, Carlene Martin, Sharise Watson, Margaret Bouttell

Thank you to the volunteers:
This newsletter is produced by Sharise Watson and Carlene Martin, edited by Margaret Bouttell.
The Blue Mountains Camino Supporters Facebook Page is managed by Carlene Martin and Rosie Edmonds.
Margaret Bouttell manages TryBooking and related financial aspects.
Kerrie Girdo and Carlene Martin manage the Blue Mountains Camino Community Group Forum on Facebook.  
Rowan Bouttell and Nick Batten are tech support, videographers and editors. 
Rowan Bouttell and Nick Batten are our Chief and Deputy Mappers extraordinaire.
Our website is managed by Johann Saure, Nick Batten and Carlene Martin.

The Blue Mountains Camino Supporters was founded in 2015 by Tony & Ce Jacques and Margaret & Rowan Bouttell.  
Blue Mountains Camino Supporters acknowledges the Dharug and Gundungurra Traditional Owners have a continuous and deep connection to their Country. We pay our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.

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