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May 2022 Newsletter.
 Registration Links for May + June Events
May Camino Training Walk - Wentworth Falls
Saturday 28th May

Please note if this is your first walk with us, we require you to join the Easy Walk.

 
EASY WALK. Meet at Wentworth Falls Station near the Public Toilets on Station St.   9am - 1pm. Arrive by 8:45am. 
  • This walk will include a walk around Wentworth Falls Lake and the flatter section of the Nature Track, down to the Conservation Hut and return to Wentworth Falls via road. A coffee stop will be available at the Lake. This walk will be approx, 11KM and will take around 3.5 hours. At the end of the walk, we will gather at the Grand View Hotel for lunch and Camino Conversations. 

 

MED WALK. Meet on Kings Tableland Road opposite Queen Elizabeth Drive. 
8.30am - 2.30pm.  Arrive by 8:15am.  

PLEASE NOTE:  Walk 2 is much longer than our normal Medium Walk (22km and takes around 6hrs.)  It does NOT start at Wentworth Falls Station.  You will need to drive or get a lift to the start of the walk on Kings Tableland.

  • Start the walk by visiting the Kings Tableland Aboriginal Place with it's many grinding grooves and water holes.  From this scenic view point drop down onto Ingar Road and walk along the dirt fire road to the pretty Ingar dam. Toilets at dam. Return same way. Approx 22km return with a 350 m change in elevation - approx 6hrs. The walk includes spectacular scenery, varying vegetation, Aboriginal sites, and a lunch stop beside the pretty Ingar dam.  This is a true Camino walk, following dirt roads with no steps.  However, the return walk involves a long, and in some parts steep, fire road climb back to Kings Tableland.   At the end of the walk, we will gather at the Grand View Hotel for drinks/food and Camino Conversations. 

To join the Med Walk you must have walked with the Blue Mountains Camino group previously - no first timers.  You also need to be confident of your fitness as there are no exit points - you're committed as it's down to Ingar dam and then up again. 

 

Registration for the walk is essential. Please Register HERE.
 
 

June Camino Training Walk + Meetup - Blackheath
Saturday 25th June
 
Plus:  Camino Open Weekend at Glenella

Easy walk - Enjoy the Winter hues around the streets of Blackheath and the Campbell Rhododendron Gardens and Blackheath Memorial Park as you make your way to Govetts Leap Lookout before returning to Blackheath village.  11km.

Medium walk - A good training walk along the Burramoko fire trail out to Baltzer Lookout with spectacular views over the Grose Valley.  The brave can scramble down to Hanging Rock.  14km.
 
You will need to book the walk PRIOR
to booking accommodation at Glenella. 

All information is on the TryBooking page
 Click HERE

 
Save the Dates
 
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

Saturday 29th October, Training Walk and Camino Meetup

Tuesday 1st to Saturday 5th November, 5-Day Walk - Details and Registration Here.
Saturday 26th November, Training Walk and Camino Meetup

We hope you will join us in 2022.
Our New Volunteer Portal
The Blue Mountains Camino Supporters have created a Volunteer Portal to provide opportunities for the Camino Community to be involved in our local Camino events.

We relish being able to offer opportunities for people to give back to the Camino Community, in recognition of all the Camino has given to so many. 

Read more about the various volunteer opportunities and register HERE.
April Training Walk and Meetup
Photos: Our April walk, a bluster and cold Blackheathen day! Well done to those that joined Roise and Carlene on the Medium walk, Alex, Carmel and Jen & Sharise on the Easier walk, Tony and Catherine.
Our 30th April monthly medium walk out to Bald Head in Blackheath was great! Five pilgrims eagerly welcomed the challenge of walking in gusty, biting winds and rain. We walked along the narrow trail, through the heath and eventually reached spectacular views high above the Grose River. further three pilgrims enjoyed the Rhodo Gardens and Govetts Leap lookout. We finished our day meeting up with other pilgrims at the Gardeners in Blackheath for a hearty hot lunch while sharing our Camino and travel experiences. Looking forward to the next one.
Blue Mountains Camino 5-Day Walk
May 2022.
"A journey becomes a pilgrimage as we discover day by day that the distance travelled is less important than the experienced gained." 
Ernest Kutz
Write-up by our magnificent Camino Guide - Rosie Edmonds
The BMCS 5-Day Camino walk is becoming one of the most popular walking routes amongst Australian pilgrims.  Stretching upward of approximately 110kms through Penrith in a suburb of the Greater Western Sydney into the town of Blackheath in the Blue Mountains. It passes through the heart of the glorious Blue Mountains and the land of the Darug and Gundungurra the traditional custodians. 25 pilgrims joined us for our May 2022 Camino Walk.
 
The walking routes took pilgrims up and down fire trails, down into verdant green gullies, along single narrow bush tracks, up challenging ridges to spectacular views, into beautiful heathlands, traversing creeks, boulders, fallen trees and through the glorious Blue Mountains National Park.  The route offers walkers a range of experiences that are self-determined.  Some choose an easy stroll; others choose the peace and natural environment and the challenges it provides.
 
It is not possible to camp out due to the National Park restrictions, so pilgrims meet up at designated places along the route that are conveniently located near public transport.  After sharing their daily adventures and a hearty meal they return to their self-arranged accommodation or return to Glenella at Blackheath for a Camino-Albergue like experience.
 
Pilgrims are provided with maps that have been specifically created and tested by the BMCS Admin group.   Time is spent prior to the commencement of the walk showing pilgrims how to use them.  Sometimes sections may have unexpected diversions or closures which may affect our plans, however the BMCS always comes up with a prompt new plan.  The BMCS also connect and communicate with pilgrims on the walk through a private Whatsapp group.
 
The routes give pilgrims a chance to embrace a mini-Camino, to try their gear out in various types of weather and to meet with other like-minded pilgrims. It also is a test of their mettle. Some have never walked on consecutive days, some have never experienced carrying a pack, and some are experienced Camino-ites who are happy to support and share their knowledge.  They are also there when the going gets tough and that sense of doubt creeps in. 
 
Pilgrims were shown how to use their trekking poles, how to care for their feet, how to read maps in addition to being encouraged to explore their inner journey, not just the outward.
 
I recall walkers asking me how long till it’s flat? When’s the next coffee shop? Are we there yet?  I also recall seeing the building confidence in each of the pilgrims new to Camino.  I saw on their tired and elated faces how happy and proud they were of their individual achievements. More seasoned pilgrims are calmly confident and happy on the trail.  They are in tune with their body and mind; and react to it accordingly. They read the weather, read the topography, and react to that as well.  They walk their own walk, doing what their minds and body needs.  Congratulations to each of you for completing your BMCS May 2022 5-Day Walk.
 
The Camino spirit is alive and thriving in the BMCS group. We are a group of volunteers and operate as a not-for-profit.  The success of the 5-Day Walk could not be achieved without generous support of Glenella, as well the tireless planning and action of the BMCS team – Margaret, Rowan, Carlene, Sharise, Nick, Rosie, Johann and Tony.  We’re now working on the September 2022 5-Day Walk in addition to our regular monthly walks. 
Ultreia!
 
"I really enjoyed this Camino Walk over the 5 days last week. A really  satisfying walk. I appreciate the information given, the clear instructions, and the options. I felt safe going mainly on my own, and happy. 

This is my 3rd Camino walk in the Blue Mountains and I must say I just find it gets better. Having wonderful weather in between lots of rain also lifted my spirits.  I also enjoy the opportunity to talk with people from the north to the south and hear of how life is in other parts of the country. 

I just feel so lucky to be able to undertake this walk with the structure and support you all provide, in a low key way. 

I cant say quite what has come out of it for me. It feels like space , peace, the enjoyment of nature, and of companionable fellow beings. 

With love and gratitude
Helen
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. 

Recently returned from the Frances - CeciliaJ
(read her story of a winter Camino and managing Covid in next month's newsletter) 


Currently on the Del Norte - Tony + Johann
(see photo below), 

Buen Camino to all those currently walking in Spain + Italy!
(too many to list here!) 

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. 
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     
 
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, supported by Margaret Bouttell.
The Blue Mountains Camino Supporters Facebook Page is managed by Carlene Martin and Rosie Edmonds.
Margaret Bouttell manages TryBooking and BMCS financial matters.
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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