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Hiking photos – Switchback Great Wall, 2012/03/03

After a fall of snow the day before, we were unsure if we’d be able to do this hike. Our local contacts said all was ok – the snow was not so deep in that area – so we headed out for a day of tricky hiking on the Great Wall in the snow.

The Switchback Great Wall is a tricky hike on a good day, and the snow on the ground made some sections quite slippery.

The views made all the effort very worthwhile, though: trees covered with snow crystals, and the wild wall winding through the snowy landscape.

Trees covered with ice, Beijing Hikers Switchback, March03, 2012

Trees covered with ice on the approach to a tower.

Hikers, Beijing Hikers Switchback, March03, 2012

Hikers take a break in a tower.

A sheltered, Beijing Hikers Switchback, March03, 2012

A sheltered alcove with a view.

A flatter section of the wall, Beijing Hikers Switchback, March03, 2012

A flatter section of the wall in the area.

the landscape, Beijing Hikers Switchback, March03, 2012

We took a short break to take photos of the landscape.

The branches of trees, Beijing Hikers Switchback, March03, 2012

The branches of trees were covered in snow crystals, and the we followed the wall through the mist.

Yanjing, Beijing Hikers Switchback, March03, 2012

Super-guide Yanjing.

A radio, Beijing Hikers Switchback, March03, 2012

A radio mast marks the highest point of the hike.

the highest, Beijing Hikers Switchback, March03, 2012

We followed the wall up to the highest tower in the background.

the previously mentioned tower, Beijing Hikers Switchback, March03, 2012

Looking down from the previously mentioned tower.

the switchback section, Beijing Hikers Switchback, March03, 2012

Hikers on the wall, near the switchback section that gives this hike its name.

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