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Hiking photos - Dahaituo Mountain, 2010/10/16

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Haituo Mountain sits on the border of Yanqing and Hebei province, and its 2,198m peak on the Beijing side is the second-highest in Beijing. It is part of the Yanshan mountain range that runs across the north of the Beijing municipality.

We started nice and early, and took our time on the hike. On the way back down the moon became visible, but we were back to the bus well before it got cold and dark.

Statistics: 6 hours of walking over approx. 14km. Start height 1,390m, finish height 1,253m, highest point 2,198m. Total climbing up approx. 1,345m. Estimated 3,071kCal burned.

Hiker on hillside, Beijing Hikers Haituo Mountain hike, October 16, 2010

Getting started on the hike.

View of mountains, Beijing Hikers Haituo Mountain hike, October 16, 2010

Looking south over the mountains, with mist over the Guanting Reservoir.

Walking through trees, Beijing Hikers Haituo Mountain hike, October 16, 2010

We followed a ridgeline trail on the way up, passing through forested areas.

Tree, Beijing Hikers Haituo Mountain hike, October 16, 2010

Trees on the slopes of Haituo Mountain.

Local guide, Beijing Hikers Haituo Mountain hike, October 16, 2010

Our super-fit local guide points towards the village where we'll finish later in the day.

Haituo Mountain, Beijing Hikers Haituo Mountain hike, October 16, 2010

... and then he's off again. The Beijing-side peak of Haituo Mountain can be seen at the top right of the photo.

Hikers on the way down from the peak, Beijing Hikers Haituo Mountain hike, October 16, 2010

Hikers on the way down from the peak.

Grasses, Beijing Hikers Haituo Mountain hike, October 16, 2010

Colourful grass, changing colours as it dries.

Bird, Beijing Hikers Haituo Mountain hike, October 16, 2010

Huijie got a good shot of a bird.

Sun on trees, Beijing Hikers Haituo Mountain hike, October 16, 2010

Sunshine illuminates the top of trees.

Moon over a valley, Beijing Hikers Haituo Mountain hike, October 16, 2010

We walked out this valley as the moon rose behind us.