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Great Wall Spur Camping Trip, 2017/05/29

In Brief: 15 photos from a camping trip at the Great Wall Spur.

Great Wall Spur Camping Trip, 2017/05/29

Camping on the Great Wall.

We do like to do a bit of camping here at Beijing Hikers. Sometimes we have porters carry our camping supplies, and sometimes we carry things ourselves. This is a story about the type of trip where we carry it all ourselves.

We started off on a hot May afternoon with our backpacks full of all the essential items that we would need for the day and the next morning. We made a steady climb up through bushes and around trees that have grown into the trail and made several stops along the way.

After several hours of hiking we made it up to the Wall and our camping spot for the night. We then set up our tents and some of us went off exploring while others laid down for a rest. When everybody returned to the campsite we pulled out our backpacking stoves and made dinner. When dinner was finished we tucked in for the night.

During the night it had rained and it was still raining lightly when we woke up in the morning. Because of the rain everyone went inside the guard tower next to the campsite to eat breakfast. Then it was time to break down the tents, repack our bags, and get ready to hike.

We started hiking along our normal path for the Great Wall Spur trail until we ran into the section that connects the Spur to Jiankou. We followed this section down and met our local guide Mr. He. He took us up a very steep section to the top of the Chinese Knot. After relaxing at the top and taking many pictures the group made their way down to the bus and lunch at Mr. He’s house.

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coming up some steep stairs on the way to the Great Wall - Great Wall Spur Camping Trip, 2017/05/29

Climbing up some steep stairs on the way to the Great Wall.

All the camping gear, outside a cave - Great Wall Spur Camping Trip, 2017/05/29

All the camping gear, outside a cave.

All the hikers, inside the cave cooling down - Great Wall Spur Camping Trip, 2017/05/29

All the hikers, inside the cave cooling down.

A view of the campsite on the Great Wall - Great Wall Spur Camping Trip, 2017/05/29

A view of the campsite on the Great Wall.

Still on the way up to the wall. There is a hiking trail there somewhere - Great Wall Spur Camping Trip, 2017/05/29

Still on the way up to the wall. There is a hiking trail there somewhere.

Climbing up the big stairs to the wall - Great Wall Spur Camping Trip, 2017/05/29

Climbing up the big stairs to the wall.

Hiking guide Marvin sets up his tent - Great Wall Spur Camping Trip, 2017/05/29

Hiking guide Marvin sets up his tent.

Almost all done - Great Wall Spur Camping Trip, 2017/05/29

Almost all done.

The campsite is all set up - Great Wall Spur Camping Trip, 2017/05/29

The campsite is all set up.

After rain during the night, the next morning we saw a sea of clouds below - Great Wall Spur Camping Trip, 2017/05/29

After rain during the night, the next morning we saw a sea of clouds below.

Last tent standing - Great Wall Spur Camping Trip, 2017/05/29

Last tent standing.

Nice spot for breakfast - Great Wall Spur Camping Trip, 2017/05/29

Nice spot for breakfast.

The hikers drop their packs and rest near the Chinese Knot, the high point of the second day - Great Wall Spur Camping Trip, 2017/05/29

The hikers drop their packs and rest near the Chinese Knot, the high point of the second day.

Great view here - Great Wall Spur Camping Trip, 2017/05/29

Great view here.

Photo time! - Great Wall Spur Camping Trip, 2017/05/29

Photo time!

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