On October 15th we organised our third hiking festival, this year adding a 30km option to the 24km and 10km trails.
It was also our fifteenth birthday party – we’ve been doing hikes and trips since 2001!
The weather didn’t quite cooperate: A forecast of rain, plus bad pollution in the city put some off; and mist on the motorway nearly stopped us completely. But once we got hiking it was all okay!
Below you’ll see a selection of photos from the event – starting shots, mid-hike scenery, and the scenes at the post-hike picnic and prizegiving.
Thanks again to our sponsors for the event: That’s Beijing, Mantra Bar, Factory Fresh, and Ganges Indian Restaurant.
Getting ready to start the 24/30km trail.
And off we go.
The first part of the trail took us up into the mountains, a long slow climb.
10km starting shot.
And off they go!
Further into the Challenge trail, the first rest station, with some of the group just hitting the big climb up to the High Tower.
The track up towards the High Tower. /p>
Christian is almost up at the High Tower.
And here comes Frederic.
Next is Jacqueline.
A shot of the High Tower. It was pretty cold up here – drizzly and windy.
Coming up through the hills.
Here comes Frank.
From the High Tower we hiked down along this line of wall.
Looking back up towards the High Tower.
Coming down a tricky stretch of broken wall.
Here’s super-hiker Dennis.
More hikers on this tricky section.
Jake is coming down from the Round Tower.
Another rest station, and Jake is looking a bit warmer now.
Getting up on to the wall on the Hike for Fun trail.
Nearly at the wall.
Back in the village, getting ready for the post-hike picnic.
The first place finisher?
We put together a rough podium.
First finishers on the Hike for Fun.
Medals for the winners.
And beer and snacks for everyone.
Some more of the Hike for Fun team have finished.
A photo finish?
Here’s Jurgen, the fastest finisher on the 24km trail, being interviewed by Louise of Beijing Hikers TV.
Fifteenth Anniversary t-shirts.
Welcome to the finish!
The big team is all back.
More people at the picnic.
More people at the picnic.
Getting the certificates ready.
More and more of a crowd.
Local village kids joined the picnic.
Back on the Challenge trail they’re crossing over the Great Wall. Christian is still at the front.
Frederic is second.
Yep, down that way.
Still looking great after nearly 20km.
Here’s Dennis again – not even sweating.
Our old friend ‘Mr Fish’ came up from Shanghai to join in.
Checking the finish time.
Back at the finish, the winners of the Hike for Fun.
More winners, with a tie for third.
‘And next on the schedule ... ‘
Lucky dip winner.
More lucky dip.
Winner of a voucher from Ganges Indian Restaurant.
24km winners, men’s group.
24km winners, women’s group.
And that was it. See you all next year!