ASHEVILLE, N.C., April 30, 2014 -- El Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile walk across northern Spain, has generated interest from hikers who live all over the world. Trekkers who have made the walk, also known as The Way of St. James, want to share their experiences while others, who are fascinated by this ongoing pilgrimage want to learn all they can about it.
The magazine is the first English print magazine about hiking El Camino de Santiago. Of the 215,000 who completed the walk last year, 30,000 were English-speaking, a 27 percent increase over 2012. Official records from hostels and pilgrim offices indicate that another 120,000 English-speakers were on the path but did not report completion.
"It originated as a religious pilgrimage but today it is a melting pot of spiritual beliefs, attracting people from every country in the world," said Chris Yavelow, editor-in-chief of the Camino Quarterly, a print magazine solely dedicated to this famous walk.
Yavelow, his wife, Laura, and colleague, Rebecca Gallo, made the walk in 2012 and found it to be a very moving experience. "The Camino de Santiago inspires many people to reflect on their experience, through writing, lecturing, filmmaking or music and art," explained Laura from Asheville, N.C..
With more English-speaking people showing interest, there is an ever-growing market for an English magazine that covers the Camino. Yavelow released a 28-page preview issue on April 1 and needs additional funding to produce the full-size version on a regular basis.
The preview edition can be viewed at Preview.CaminoQuarterly.com.
To generate start-up capital, Yavelow launched a Kickstarter campaign that can be viewed at Launch.CaminoQuarterly.com. Those who would like to support this project can make donations of any amount through the Kickstarter page.
Pledges of $20 will receive a one-year subscription to the magazine. Larger donations are eligible for additional perks such as patches, hand-held digital gear scales, note cards with original paintings, and an interview that appears in the magazine.
The Camino Quarterly will include information about preparing for the walk (routes, gear, packing, etc.) as well as an events calendar and a "reflections" section, written by those who have completed the walk.
"It's a forum for writers, artists, photographers, poets and artists to share their Camino-inspired work," said Rebecca in a recent press release.
For additional information, visit Launch.CaminoQuarterly.com or the Camino Quarterly Facebook page, facebook.com/CaminoQuarterly.
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