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Clothing, Gear & Equipment – only the essentials

Making the three-day journey?

The by-word is simplicity.

Having the right ‘stuff’ is helpful, but necessary is moderation.

We’ve itemized only the essentials here-below.

The Basics

    Modest clothing & reliable footwear for walking (mostly) on macadam & gravel or stones, also through some wooded paths and in a few short spots over unpaved back-roads.

    Trousers/skirts (no shorts) and light, well broken-in walking shoes or sturdy sneakers are a must — water-proofed footwear is optimal; hiking- or work-boots are NOT advised.

Essentials   to carry

    a small backpack   to carry throughout, containing:
      » your lunch for the day & revitalizing beverage (e.g., gatorade) – bottled spring water is supplied
      » revitalizing snacks – dried fruit, chocolate bars, nuts, cheese, etc.
      » a light coat, warm jacket, or pullover
      » a poncho to protect from rain
      » a hat or bandana to protect from sun/rain
      » band-aids, simple medication for blisters, headaches & muscle pain, medicated foot powder, moleskin
      » pilgrim’s booklet, containing hymns & prayers   OUT OF STOCK 2015 – Bring yours back from previous years!
      » a Rosary

Essentials   carried for you

    one-only larger bag   (weight limit 30 lbs.) transported by the Company of St. René, and retrievable at bivouacs, containing:

      » food reserves (your additional meals & drinks)
      » a sturdy cup or bowl & a spoon for tea/coffee/soup/instant hot breakfast cereal
      » a reliable flashlight 
      » changes of clothes – kept throughout in water-proof packing

        Socks such as Thorlos®, CoolMax®, Smart-Wool®strongly recommended; cotton socks not   advised

      » light shoes – for the evening
      » toilet paper & toiletries
      » night clothes (in water-proof packing) & bug repellent 
      » sleeping bag – kept in water-proof sack throughout, and thick ground sheet

    a personal or family tent

      If you do not have one, or cannot afford to buy or rent one, please ask a friend or relative to loan one to you. If you still cannot aquire one, don’t worry: no one has ever been left out in the cold — or ‘turned away from the inn’.

Each pilgrim is responsible to keep dry all his own gear, but especially sleeping bag & personal clothing – even inside his larger bag – by wrapping such gear etc. in water-proof packing throughout the pilgrimage.

When it rains, it has been known to pour.

Pilgrims bringing more than essentials must arrange to transport their extra baggage themselves, or leave it in their vehicles.  There is a 30 lbs. max. one-only bag limit (not including separate sacks for tent or sleeping bag).

A word about dressing modestly

Pilgrims dressed immodestly will be asked by pilgrim-organizers to change into modest attire. See this post for norms.

Pilgrimage for Restoration
2017 A.D.

— 22nd annual —

Friday – Sunday
29 September – October 1

A traditional walking pilgrimage

from the Lake of the Blessed Sacrament
at Lake George Village, NY

to the Shrine of Our Lady’s Martyrs of New France
at Auriesville, NY

Come to restore. The rest will come.