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School Camping trip, 2014/06

Photos from a three-day camping trip organised for students on a school trip.

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In June, 2014, we organised a three-day camping trip for students doing the Duke of Edinburgh / International Award program, choosing suitable trails and organising campsites, logistics, and resupply.

The hike on the first day was part of our Spring Valley Super Loop trail, crossing a ridge and hiking up and down valleys on the way to our campsite near an abandoned village.

On the second day, we finished off the loop trail, and headed uphill to a line of Great Wall, following a trail that we use for our Pinnacle Tower hike. We didn’t go up to the tower though – too steep! We took an alternative path, heading down past a mysterious cave that houses a shrine and Buddha.

The campsite for the second night was in a chestnut orchard below our Great Wall Spur trail, and we got set up just before a huge storm came over. Luckily the tents were set up, and we were able to shelter from the heavy rain until it was safe to come out and cook dinner.

On the third day of the hike we did the Great Wall Spur trail, heading up a steep path to reach the wall and following it up and over a hill, finishing up quite a few hours later.

All fresh and ready to start! - School Camping trip, 2014/6

All fresh and ready to start!

We spotted a red- and black-striped snake swimming in a pool with tadpoles! - School Camping trip, 2014/6

We spotted a red- and black-striped snake swimming in a pool with tadpoles!

A view from the top of the first hill - School Camping trip, 2014/6

A view from the top of the first hill.

Lunch break and a rest at a circle of stones - School Camping trip, 2014/6

Lunch break and a rest at a circle of stones.

Hiking not enough exercise? Time for soccer and frisbee - School Camping trip, 2014/6

Hiking not enough exercise? Time for soccer and frisbee.

Preparing dinner at the first campsite - School Camping trip, 2014/6

Preparing dinner at the first campsite.

We set up camp in a chestnut orchard - School Camping trip, 2014/6

We set up camp in a chestnut orchard.

A teacher and hiking guide Richard are keeping an eye on everything - School Camping trip, 2014/6

A teacher and hiking guide Richard are keeping an eye on everything.

We climbed up the Big East Mountain on the second day, and crossed a stretch of Great Wall - School Camping trip, 2014/6

We climbed up the Big East Mountain on the second day, and crossed a stretch of Great Wall.

On the second night we set up camp in another chestnut orchard, below another line of Great Wall - School Camping trip, 2014/6

On the second night we set up camp in another chestnut orchard, below a line of Great Wall.

Nearby the campsite, a line of Great Wall winds its way up the hillside, looking like a giant snake - School Camping trip, 2014/6

Nearby the campsite, a line of Great Wall winds its way up the hillside, looking like a giant snake.

Another shot of the wall, with a cave beside - School Camping trip, 2014/6

Another shot of the wall, with a cave beside.

The easy way to clean out a tent! - School Camping trip, 2014/6

The easy way to clean out a tent!