I walked the Camino de Santiago this summer, although not exactly lightweight style. The Camino de Santiago is a pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Specifically I walked the Camino Frances from Roncesvalles to Santiago, then the Camino Finisterre from Santiago to Fisterre and Muxia. In total this was about 920km of trail. If you want to learn more about the route and its historical significance there are many great websites including this one. Ill just post some pictures for inspiration and give a quick rundown of gear and tips n such. Enjoy!
For shoes I wore Montrail Mountain Masochists. These ended up being a decent choice. By the end the foam was pretty squishy and I could feel most rocks. This was due in part to the fact that I ran about 200 miles in them before the hike. Either way, they dried quickly, kept their tread, did not slip, gave me very few blisters (unavoidable on a hike like this), had no seam blowout or stitching issues and handled mud. The route was more rocky than I expected and also had some road sections and the shoe treated me right. They were comfortable like moccasins at the end and I would still be wearing them but it is a tradition to burn your shoes at the end to symbolize the cleansing of sin and rebirth. Also they smelled pretty sour and I would have been cruel to wear them on the plane ride home. Okay price point as well, love these shoes.
My pack was a Six Moon Designs Swift '10. This thing is wonderful. When you spend this much time with a pack on your back you really get to know it- and this thing is my best friend. I had no bruises or chafing on my hips like many people with padded belts. I use a regular Ridgerest cut in half as the frame. This is long enough to go from my shoulders to hips (I'm 5'9''). Also, it is a really snug fit folded into thirds in the pad sleeve and it makes a very rigid and comfy frame. Never had a pack with the outside mesh pockets before and I love and need these now, great for stashing a rain jacket or snacks. The tall outside pocket accommodates a baguette and 1.5L water bottle like that is what it was made for. I threw the pack down and sat on it for half of my walking/smoke breaks and it has no holes in the mesh or dyneema and shows little to no signs of wear. Also, the sil-nylon top did a good job of keeping things dry in a couple extended drizzles. This is a keeper, love it.
My camera was a Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS. The charge lasted for almost 300 pictures with lost of picture and video review time included. This thing is a champ as well. Decent picture quality, Im sure you could do more with it if you knew what you were doing, Im no photographer.
Bag was a Golite Ultra20. This was definitely overkill, but its easy to vent it out. Slept out a couple nights and was not cold. Not heavy so I was glad to have it.
Rain gear was a Marmot Precip. This this is pretty old so I wont get too angry at it but it made me sweat buckets and it wetted out. End of story.
I used the John Brierly Guidbook. It was sufficient. The maps arent always to scale and neither are the elevation guides, but they give you an idea. The city maps were helpful. It was nice to read up on history and the mystical guide aspect was fun as well. It should cover the Camino Finisterre, bull crap to make you buy another book for 90k, survived just fine without it though.
If anyone has questions and is thinking of walking the Camino shoot me a PM and I'll do my best.