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Photos from Hike Fest 2017

In Brief: See all the shots from our 2017 Hike Fest – the Challenge, the Hike for Fun, plus the picnic and prizegiving.

Photos from Hike Fest 2017

September 9, 2017: The Beijing Hikers’ 16th anniversary and 4th Hiking Festival.

On September 9 we completed the fourth edition of our Hike Fest, again with the 24km/30km Challenge, and the 10km Hike for Fun.

Big thanks to everyone who participated, and many thanks to our sponsors for the event: The Beijinger magazine, Mantra Bar, Cambridge Mask Co., and Pocari.

It was an early start for those on the Challenge, with the check-in beginning at 6am.

It was still a little dark when the first hikers started showing up - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

It was still a little dark when the first hikers started showing up.

Almost ready to go - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Almost ready to go

And the Challenge buses are off - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

And the Challenge buses are off.

The check in for the Hike for Fun was a little later, at 7:30am.

There was a little more light by the time the Hike for Fun check in began - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

There was a little more light by the time the Hike for Fun check in began.

We had a big crew of kids on the Hike for Fun this year - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

We had a big crew of kids on the Hike for Fun this year.

Getting ready to go - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Getting ready to go.

Everyone here? - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Everyone here?

A few more to check in - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

A few more to check in.

A presentation from Pocari before we got going - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

A presentation from Pocari before we got going.

The Challenge

The Challenge hike is a 24km trail in the mountains northwest of Beijing. The trail is made up of a mixture of service roads and hill trails, and one of the best sections is the High Tower crossing – up and over a 1,400m-plus peak and then down the other side.

As a contrast to Beijing in the morning we saw some blue skies on the way up to the High Tower, and then descended into the mist* that had filled the valleys on the north side of the hills.

At the 23km mark of the Challenge we offer an option to go for 30km, and this year seven people took us up on that – pretty tough, but worth it if you do love a challenge.

* Actual mist, not a euphemism!

Challenge team ready to go! - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Challenge team ready to go!

Our first photos of people on the Challenge come courtesy of our guides posted on a tricky section up by the High Tower.

Patrick is out in front - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Patrick is out in front.

Rough Great Wall in Yanqing County - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Rough Great Wall in Yanqing County.

Wild flowers and the remains of a watchtower - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Wild flowers and the remains of a watchtower.

Here comes Pat - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Here comes Pat.

Currently in second place - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Currently in second place.

Christian, the first place finisher in the 2016 Hike Fest - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Christian, the first place finisher in the 2016 Hike Fest.

Here come more of the Challenge leaders - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Here come more of the Challenge leaders.

Looking good at approximately 11km into it - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Looking good at approximately 11km into it.

Passing the tower - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Passing the tower.

The Great Wall disappears over the hill - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

The Great Wall disappears over the hill.

More hikers coming through - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

More hikers coming through.

And then down a steep stretch - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

And then down a steep stretch.

A tricky section of rough Great Wall - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

A tricky section of rough Great Wall.

Off the wall and down into the valley - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Off the wall and down into the valley.

Here comes Dongshixin, one of our guides - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Here comes Dongshixin, one of our guides.

Peace! - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Peace!

More peace! - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

More peace!

Disappearing down into the forest - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Disappearing down into the forest.

Taking a rest up at the High Tower.- Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Taking a rest up at the High Tower, a little bit further back on the trail.

Looking back up at the High Tower - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Looking back up at the High Tower.

A ruined watchtower - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

A ruined watchtower.

We followed the wall for a short distance, passing through broken towers - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

We followed the wall for a short distance, passing through broken towers.

Hey hey! - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

One of our sponsors going incognito

Fedor and Maxim - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Fedor and Maxim.

Off the wall - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Off the wall.

More hikers coming down the steep section - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

More hikers coming down the steep section.

Here’s Ed - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Here’s Ed.

The last of the Challenge hikers coming through with super guide Millicent - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

The last of the Challenge hikers coming through with super guide Millicent.

Ready to head down into the forest - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Ready to head down into the forest.

If you think the trail looks overgrown you should have seen it before we spent six hours chopping it - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

If you think the trail looks overgrown you should have seen it before we spent six hours on it with machetes.

A spring-fed pool, home to a million mosquitoes - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

A spring-fed pool, home to a million mosquitoes.

Coming out of the forest, finally - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Coming out of the forest, finally.

Leafy and green - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Leafy and green.

One of our favourite parts of the trail - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

One of our favourite parts of the trail.

The ribbons lead the way out - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

The ribbons lead the way out.

We followed this concrete road down to the 16km checkpoint - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

We followed this concrete road down to the 16km checkpoint.

Hike for Fun

The Hike for Fun started a couple of hours after the Challenge got going. The Hike for Fun trail is a 10km loop, starting and finishing at Shixia Village. We arrived to find the valleys around the village filled with a lot of mist.

Hike for fun ready to go - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Hike for Fun is ready to go.

Heading up into the misty mountains - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Heading up into the misty mountains.

Katie chatting with one of our local team - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Katie chatting with one of our local crew.

Off the concrete path and up into the forest - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Off the concrete path and up into the forest.

The trail went up into a forested valley - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

The trail went up into a forested valley.

Further up into the forest - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Further up into the forest.

Taking a break under the trees - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Taking a break under the trees.

At the top of the valley was the Great Wall - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

At the top of the valley was the Great Wall.

The Hike for Fun followed a rough, unrepaired line of Great Wall - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

The Hike for Fun followed a rough, unrepaired line of Great Wall.

And the hikers followed the red ribbons - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

And the hikers followed the red ribbons.

Further up on the wall - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Further up on the wall.

Looks like a happy reunion - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

A most joyful reunion!

Approaching the General’s Tower, the highest point on the Hike for Fun - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Approaching the General’s Tower, the highest point on the Hike for Fun.

Walking down from the General’s Tower - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Walking down from the General’s Tower.

Green hills with a lot of mist - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Green hills with a lot of mist.

The mist slowly cleared - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

The mist slowly cleared.

A detour around a broken part of the Great Wall - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

A detour around a broken part of the Great Wall.

Hiking on the wall - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Hiking on the wall.

Party and picnic

The two hiking trails both finished at the same spot, and we set up tables with snacks and refreshments. As the hikers all came in we passed out certificates and t-shirts and got ready for the lucky draw and prizes.

Snacks are all ready - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Snacks are all ready.

T-shirts are all ready - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

T-shirts are all ready.

Certificates are all ready - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Certificates are all ready.

Cambridge Mask Co. and Mantra Bar were two of the event sponsors. We had to tie down the posters to stop them flying away - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Cambridge Mask Co. and Mantra Bar were two of the event sponsors. (We had to tie down the posters to stop them flying away in the wind.)

Relaxing in the village square - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Relaxing in the village square.

Ready to pass out certificates - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Ready to pass out certificates.

Here’s yours - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Here’s your certificate.

Hike for Fun finishers - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Hike for Fun finishers.

Picnic in the village - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Picnic in the village.

Lucky draw prize: a ‘powerful headlamp’ - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Lucky draw prize: a ‘powerful headlamp’.

Next? - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Next?

More lucky draw prizes: tickets the Beijinger magazine’s Pizza Fest, presented by Lareina of the Beijinger - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

More lucky draw prizes: tickets for the Beijinger magazine’s Pizza Fest, presented by Lareina of the Beijinger.

Lucky draw: hiking vouchers from Beijing Hikers - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Lucky draw: hiking vouchers from Beijing Hikers.

More lucky draw - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

More lucky draw.

Relax with a beer or a coffee - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Relax with a beer or a coffee.

A mix of 24km and 10km finishers - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

A mix of 24km and 10km finishers.

Ready to try on the t-shirts - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Ready to try on the t-shirts.

Looking good - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Looking good.

Nice! - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Nice!

Team of three - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Team of three in t-shirts.

One of the younger participants has arrived - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

One of the younger participants has arrived.

Next prize is a family pack of air masks from Cambridge Mask Co - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Lucky draw time. Who's going to win a family pack of air masks from Cambridge Mask Co.?

Congrats! - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Congrats!

Calling for a lucky draw prize winner - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Calling for a lucky draw prize winner.

Winner of a ‘powerful headlamp’ - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Winner of a ‘powerful headlamp’.

Big team - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

A big group of friends all did the Hike for Fun.

Prizegiving

This year we did prizes for the 24km and 30km routes. First place finishers got a good amount of swag: a backpack, a six-pack of Mantra Bars, and one of the ‘powerful headlamps’. Never know when you might need a powerful headlamp.

First finisher in the Women’s 24km - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

First finisher in the Women’s 24km.

More prizes - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

More prizes in the 24km.

Calling for a winner - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Calling for a winner.

Third place in the Women’s 24km - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Third place in the Women’s 24km.

First place in the Men’s 24km - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

First place in the Men’s 24km.

Second place in the Men’s 24km, presented by hiking guide Tina - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Second place in the Men’s 24km, presented by hiking guide Tina.

Third place in the Men’s 24km - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Third place in the Men’s 24km.

Who’s next? - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Who’s next?

First place in the Women’s 30km - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

First place in the Women’s 30km.

Second place in the Women’s 30km - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Second place in the Women’s 30km.

First place in the Men’s 30km - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

First place in the Men’s 30km.

Second place in the Men’s 30km - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Second place in the Men’s 30km.

Third place n the Men’s 30km - Photos from Hike Fest 2017

Third place in the Men’s 30km.

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