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Switchback Great Wall Camping, 2016/8/20

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Switchback Great Wall Camping, 2016/8/20

Waking up on the Great Wall.

After a month of near constant on-off rain we were happy to see clear skies forecast for our camping trip.

We drove out into the countryside, arriving at a village near the Great Wall. After getting all our gear in order we started out on the hike up.

The trail started behind the village, leading up on to a ridge with views of the wall on a nearby hill.

To reach the wall we hiked down into a valley, and then through a gap where the wall dipped down at a pass. Around the corner from the pass we found the steep hill trail that got us up on top of the Ming Dynasty-era Great Wall we’d spotted from the previous ridge.

From there we followed the rough and steep wall up to our campsite, a walk of about two hours.

After we set up camp it was time to enjoy the sunset and a BBQ dinner.

The next day we were up early and hiked further along the Great Wall, finishing up with a walk out down a long valley and a tasty meal at our favourite guesthouse in the village.

Getting everything ready for the hike - Switchback Great Wall Camping, 2016/8/20

Getting everything ready for the hike.

Villagers working on their flowerbeds – pretty! - Switchback Great Wall Camping, 2016/8/20

Villagers working on their flowerbeds – pretty!

Hiking out behind the village - Switchback Great Wall Camping, 2016/8/20

Hiking out behind the village.

At the top of the first hill, with the first views of the Great Wall - Switchback Great Wall Camping, 2016/8/20

At the top of the first hill, with the first views of the Great Wall.

Buried below the grass is the remains of Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577AD) Great Wall - Switchback Great Wall Camping, 2016/8/20

Buried below the grass is the remains of Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577AD) Great Wall.

Hiking on their honeymoon, lovely! - Switchback Great Wall Camping, 2016/8/20

Hiking on their honeymoon, lovely!

We hiked down into a valley, heading for a pass in the Great Wall - Switchback Great Wall Camping, 2016/8/20

We hiked down into a valley, heading for a pass in the Great Wall.

Hills nice and green - Switchback Great Wall Camping, 2016/8/20

Hills nice and green.

The pass in the Great Wall where the wall dips down - Switchback Great Wall Camping, 2016/8/20

The pass in the Great Wall where the wall dips down.

A steep climb to get up on to the wall - Switchback Great Wall Camping, 2016/8/20

A steep climb to get up on to the wall.

We hiked up the wall and through this broken tower - Switchback Great Wall Camping, 2016/8/20

We hiked up the wall and through this broken tower.

From here we could see our campsite – a long way away! - Switchback Great Wall Camping, 2016/8/20

From here we could see our campsite. Only just, though – it was still a long way away!

Another steep climb got us up into the tallest tower in the area - Switchback Great Wall Camping, 2016/8/20

Another steep climb got us up into the tallest tower in the area.

And then a steep climb took us down from the same tower - Switchback Great Wall Camping, 2016/8/20

And then a steep climb took us down from the same tower.

Sunset - Switchback Great Wall Camping, 2016/8/20

Sunset.

Getting ready to cook some camp food - Switchback Great Wall Camping, 2016/8/20

Getting ready to cook some camp food.

Classic sunset shot - Switchback Great Wall Camping, 2016/8/20

Classic sunset shot.

Breakfast time - Switchback Great Wall Camping, 2016/8/20

Breakfast time.

Our campsite in the morning - Switchback Great Wall Camping, 2016/8/20

Our campsite in the morning.

We hiked more of the wall on the second day - Switchback Great Wall Camping, 2016/8/20

We hiked more of the wall on the second day.

On top of a tower, with a steep section in the background - Switchback Great Wall Camping, 2016/8/20

On top of a tower, with a steep section in the background.

Camping team atop a tower - Switchback Great Wall Camping, 2016/8/20

Camping team atop a tower.

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