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Switchback Great Wall camping, 2016/08

In Brief: See 23 photos from two days up on the Great Wall, including an awesome sunrise shot.

In the midst of that run of rainy weather in late July this year we found a few clear days to take the STOMP crew out for a camping trip on the Great Wall.

As a privately-arranged trip it was a bit more flexible—we were able to wait for good weather, and on the second day we were able to get the team back to the city early enough for a rest before their evening performance!

See the photos below.

Ready to go - Switchback Great Wall camping, 2016/08

Ready to go.

Stone Valley village scene - Switchback Great Wall camping, 2016/08

Stone Valley village scene.

Wild flowers - Switchback Great Wall camping, 2016/08

Wild flowers.

More wild flowers - Switchback Great Wall camping, 2016/08

More wild flowers.

Views of the Great Wall—and finally a clear sky! - Switchback Great Wall camping, 2016/08

Views of the Great Wall—and finally a clear sky!

Up on the wall - Switchback Great Wall camping, 2016/08

Up on the wall.

Unrepaired ‘wild’ Great Wall covered by grass - Switchback Great Wall camping, 2016/08

Unrepaired ‘wild’ Great Wall covered by grass.

On top of the tallest tower in the area - Switchback Great Wall camping, 2016/08

On top of the tallest tower in the area.

Hiking down a steep section - Switchback Great Wall camping, 2016/08

Hiking down a steep section.

Looking back up to the tall tower - Switchback Great Wall camping, 2016/08

Looking back up to the tall tower.

Views out the entrance of a tower - Switchback Great Wall camping, 2016/08

Views out the entrance of a tower.

Heading for the campsite - Switchback Great Wall camping, 2016/08

Heading for the campsite.

Tents all set up - Switchback Great Wall camping, 2016/08

Tents all set up.

Sunset - Switchback Great Wall camping, 2016/08

Sunrise.

The sun looks like it’s just a few mountains away - Switchback Great Wall camping, 2016/08

The sun looks like it’s just a few mountains away.

We were up early on Day Two for more walking on the wall - Switchback Great Wall camping, 2016/08

We were up early on Day Two for more walking on the wall.

We hiked up to a repaired section - Switchback Great Wall camping, 2016/08

We hiked up to a repaired section.

Made it to the top! - Switchback Great Wall camping, 2016/08

Made it to the top!

Excellent form - Switchback Great Wall camping, 2016/08

Excellent form.

Hiking back down again - Switchback Great Wall camping, 2016/08

Hiking back down again.

Great views from so high up - Switchback Great Wall camping, 2016/08

Great views from so high up.

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