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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