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Great Wall Spur hike, 2018/03/21

In Brief: See a set of twenty photos from a hike up and over the Great Wall Spur, a line of unrepaired Ming Dynasty-era Great Wall.

Great Wall Spur hike, 2018/03/21

A big tower on the Great Wall Spur.

The Great Wall Spur is one of our favourite moderately-difficult ‘wild’ wall walks, a short but steep hike up and down an unrepaired stretch of Ming Dynasty-era Great Wall.

The recent winter weather in Beijing had been somewhat up and down—this was one of the ‘up’ days, with temperatures in the mid-twenties. (Celsius, of course!)

The hike was quite a bit of 'up' as well, with a steep hill climb to do before reaching the Great Wall.

Photos below!

A photo stop in the entrance to the wall - Great Wall Spur hike, 2018/03/21

After a big hill climb we reached the Great Wall at a small gate.

Stairs led up on to the Great Wall - Great Wall Spur hike, 2018/03/21

Stairs led up on to the Great Wall.

Time for a rest! - Great Wall Spur hike, 2018/03/21

Time for a rest!

Made it up on to the wall - Great Wall Spur hike, 2018/03/21

We took a break by this tower, and then continued the hike up the wall.

Hey! - Great Wall Spur hike, 2018/03/21

Hey!

The hiking team - Great Wall Spur hike, 2018/03/21

The hiking team on top of the tower.

Looking back to the first tower - Great Wall Spur hike, 2018/03/21

Looking back to the first tower.

From a little higher up we had a good view of the wall in the surrounding hills - Great Wall Spur hike, 2018/03/21

From a little higher up we had a good view of the wall in the surrounding hills.

We’d follow the wall up - Great Wall Spur hike, 2018/03/21

We’d follow the wall up.

Guides Andy and Yang Sheng - Great Wall Spur hike, 2018/03/21

Guides Andy and Yang Sheng.

Looking back down the wall - Great Wall Spur hike, 2018/03/21

Looking back down the wall.

About to pass through a tower - Great Wall Spur hike, 2018/03/21

About to pass through a tower.

We hiked up along the wall - Great Wall Spur hike, 2018/03/21

We hiked up along the wall.

Climbing up the wall. You can see it’s in fairly rough condition, but not too bad considering it was built more than 400 years ago - Great Wall Spur hike, 2018/03/21

Climbing up the wall. You can see it’s in fairly rough condition, but not too bad considering it was built more than 400 years ago.

A big tower - Great Wall Spur hike, 2018/03/21

A big tower.

We stopped for a snack break at the highest point of the hike - Great Wall Spur hike, 2018/03/21

We stopped for a snack break at the highest point of the hike.

The last tower we’d see on the hike - Great Wall Spur hike, 2018/03/21

The last tower we’d see on the hike.

Hiking down hill trails to finish the walk - Great Wall Spur hike, 2018/03/21

To finish the walk we hiked down hill trails to find our bus.

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