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Great Wall Spur Camping, July 2014

In Brief: Photos from our camping trip to the Great Wall Spur.

The Great Wall camping trips we’ve been doing this summer have been popular and superb fun, and our Great Wall Spur camping trip was no exception – very fun, but very hot!

We started off slowly, climbing a steep hill trail to get to the Great Wall.

After taking a rest in the shade of “Bridget’s Tower”, we continued along the wild Great Wall, following it up and over a ridge and through a forested section to find our campsite, a lovely stretch of wall between a tower and a rising ridge.

After good teamwork to set up camp, we relaxed and enjoyed a big BBQ while we waited for sunset. (And cooler night time temperatures!)

See the photos from the camping trip below!

After a tough climb up to the Great Wall we stopped for a rest in a tower - Great Wall Spur Camping, July 2014

After a tough climb up to the Great Wall we stopped for a rest in a tower.

The hike took us further along this stretch of unrenovated ‘wild’ Great Wall - Great Wall Spur Camping, July 2014

The hike took us further along this stretch of unrenovated ‘wild’ Great Wall.

We followed the Great Wall up and over a high ridge, passing through towers on the way - Great Wall Spur Camping, July 2014

We followed the Great Wall up and over a high ridge, passing through towers on the way.

A steep climb up to a tower - Great Wall Spur Camping, July 2014

A steep climb up to a tower.

A shot of the tower where the hike finished, and where we set up our campsite - Great Wall Spur Camping, July 2014

A shot of the tower where the hike finished, and where we set up our campsite.

Setting up the tents - Great Wall Spur Camping, July 2014

Setting up the tents.

Like a bucket brigade, but with sleeping bags! - Great Wall Spur Camping, July 2014

Like a bucket brigade, but with sleeping bags!

Pass it on! - Great Wall Spur Camping, July 2014

Pass it on!

Good teamwork - Great Wall Spur Camping, July 2014

Good teamwork.

Taking a break near the campsite - Great Wall Spur Camping, July 2014

Taking a break near the campsite.

Exploring the Great Wall near our campsite - Great Wall Spur Camping, July 2014

Exploring the Great Wall near our campsite.

Our campsite looking very tidy - Great Wall Spur Camping, July 2014

Our campsite looking very tidy.

Hikers on the old tower next to our campsite - Great Wall Spur Camping, July 2014

Hikers on the old tower next to our campsite.

A shot from the other side of the old tower - Great Wall Spur Camping, July 2014

A shot from the other side of the old tower.

Time to cook dinner! We were very careful to keep the fire under control - Great Wall Spur Camping, July 2014

Time to cook dinner! We were very careful to keep the fire under control.

Salami and vegetables to cook - Great Wall Spur Camping, July 2014

Salami and vegetables to cook.

Even some olives! - Great Wall Spur Camping, July 2014

Even some olives!

The skies turned pink as the sun started to set - Great Wall Spur Camping, July 2014

The skies turned pink as the sun started to set.

Happy hikers after a tough, hot hike - Great Wall Spur Camping, July 2014

Happy hikers after a tough, hot hike.

Watching the sun set - Great Wall Spur Camping, July 2014

Watching the sun set.

Sun setting behind the Great Wall - Great Wall Spur Camping, July 2014

Sun setting behind the Great Wall.

Hongxing cooking sausages, with our local guide looking on - Great Wall Spur Camping, July 2014

Hongxing cooking sausages, with our local guide looking on.

Food is almost ready - Great Wall Spur Camping, July 2014

Food is almost ready.

After the sun set it got dark quite quickly – still hot, though! - Great Wall Spur Camping, July 2014

After the sun set it got dark quite quickly – still hot, though!

The net day we woke up to misty skies and some tasty breakfast - Great Wall Spur Camping, July 2014

The net day we woke up to misty skies and some tasty breakfast.

An old-school backpack - Great Wall Spur Camping, July 2014

An old-school backpack.

The happy hiking team - Great Wall Spur Camping, July 2014

The happy hiking team.

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