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Hiking photos – Switchback Great Wall, 2012/05/05

Our Switchback Great Wall hike follows an obscure stretch of unrestored Great Wall in Yanqing County. On this visit, we did the longer, tougher version, following the crumbling wall up and down steep ridges and passing the strange section that gives this hike its name.

Takes a photo, Beijing Hikers Switchback Great Wall, May05, 2012

Taking a photo before a steep climb.

A rare flat section, Beijing Hikers Switchback Great Wall, May05, 2012

The wall in this area is unrestored and surrounded by bush.

The hiking group, Beijing Hikers Switchback Great Wall, May05, 2012

One of the rare flat sections on this otherwise steep, unrenovated part of the Great Wall.

a rocky knoll, Beijing Hikers Switchback Great Wall, May05, 2012

The Great Wall mostly follows ridges but here skirts a rocky knoll to make a switchback shape.

narrow part of the Great Wall, Beijing Hikers Switchback Great Wall, May05, 2012

One of the many tricky sections on this walk.

lichen, Beijing Hikers Switchback Great Wall, May05, 2012

A rock covered with brightly covered lichen … and a curious caterpillar.

the steepest parts, Beijing Hikers Switchback Great Wall, May05, 2012

Another steep section.

undulations, Beijing Hikers Switchback Great Wall, May05, 2012

This part of the wall remains in very good condition.

a well deserved rest break, Beijing Hikers Switchback Great Wall, May05, 2012

The group takes a well deserved rest break to savor the views and enjoy the scenery.

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