Anchorage, Alaska Chapter

The Anchorage chapter of American Pilgrims covers greater Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula. The purpose of local chapters is to keep members connected to the Camino and to introduce new people to the phenomenon. We plan to accomplish this in a number of ways, such as social events, walks, mentoring future pilgrims and serving as a local host for hospitalero training through American Pilgrims.

  • To offer opportunities for local pilgrims to gather and hold events related to the Camino.
  • To mentor future pilgrims, promote the pilgrimage and American Pilgrims through social gatherings.
  • To serve as a local host for hospitalero training in the Anchorage region.

The chapter will be scheduling walks, talks, potlucks and much more! These will be listed here but you may also want to check the Local Events page for non-chapter events that may be of interest. Contact chapter coordinator Diane Moxness and PJ Bell at for more information. 

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Scheduled Events

Camino 101 Orientation
Monday, February 26, 2018, 6:00 - 7:30 PM

REI Anchorage Store
1200 Northern Lights Blvd, STE A
Anchorage AK

Didi you know that there are over 15 well-established walking routes in Spain all leading to Santiago? If you are curious or want to know more about the historic Camino walking trails in Spain this is the gathering for you. Join the Anchorage Chapter and guest Speaker PJ Bell. For further information contact the chapter at

Registering with the store will guarantee you a seat!

Cycling the Camino de Santiago, Shell Ceremony and Potluck
Thursday, March 15, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Join the Anchorage Chapter to hear presenters Fr. Scott Medlock and Maria Elena Medlock describe their Camino cycle journey. The Shell Ceremony is the local Chapter's way of sending off new pilgrims with a brief presentation of their shell. This will be a potluck gathering bring a dish to share. For further information contact the chapter at

St Patrick's Parish Hall
2111 Muldoon Rd
Anchorage, AK 99504 


Walking the Portuguese Camino
Thursday, April 26, 2018, 6:00 - 7:30 PM

REI Anchorage Store
1200 Northern Lights Blvd, STE A
Anchorage AK

The Camino portugués winds its way south to north from Lisbon or Porto to Santiago, Spain, This is becoming an increasingly popular route to Santiago. Historically this trail was used by locals or foreigners arriving at Portugal's ports. Today the trail welcomes travelers from all over the world. Guest speaker Pete Tomco walked the trail in 2017 from Lisbon to Santiago, a distance of 610 kilometers. If you are interested in walking this trail, join the Anchorage Chapter to learn more, and have some of your questions answered.

Registering with the store will guarantee you a seat!

Are you interested in learning more about the Camino?

The Anchorage Chapter Camino Mentor Program can pair individuals who have questions about their upcoming Camino with a nearby veteran who can answer questions. Contact for details. Experienced Camino walkers and cyclists who would like to serve as mentors should contact us so that you can be added to our resource list. Potential mentors should provide us with your name, ZIP-code and a brief rundown of your experience including walking or cycling, which route and when. Also you can visit American Pilgrims on the Camino on Facebook for great dialogue, photos and a running commentary about the Camino from like-minded pilgrims. For local Facebook contact, check out the chapter's page.

For information about the chapter and its activities or about membership in American Pilgrims, contact us at

Rev 02/02/18