Great Wall Hike (24 pics)

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Amateur hiker tackles the Great Wall of China. Here is his 4-day journey.

The trailhead. I read in a guidebook, that you can follow the wall for 4 days into another village. I can't deny that they did not warn me about the trail.

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The climate is hot and humid, but the views are great

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This section is not officially open to the public, however locals installed a ladder and charge money for entering the wall.

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I did not find any water in that valley. I realize that I have a serious problem. However, I decided to move on anyway. I knew that was a bad decision, but I am not rational when I am thirsty.

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The wall is not completely restored from this point on.


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At some point, I realize, that I need water and that I have to walk all the way back into the village. On the way to the village, I stop to sweat and it feels very strange. I was on the edge of collapse at that point. I had the feeling that if I rest now, that I would not be able to get up again.

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Finally in the village,I collect as many empty bottles on the side of the road and fill them up at a water tap and purify the water. Now I got more that 8,5 liters. Time to restart the hike.

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When I am up at the wall again in the late evening, there is a thunderstorm, and I am pretty exposed on the wall. After I took that picture, I start to run.

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I find shelter in a tower on the wall.

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Since It is dark, I decide to spend the night here. Pretty windy, but dry.


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I start very early to avoid the heat of the day. I decide to hike as long as the water will get me. I realize that it is impossible to hike to the next village. Fortunately I found a full 2 liter bottle of water in that tower. Good, that I got water purification chemicals with me.

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The wall is only partially restored here.

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There is no trash anywhere and the trail is very small. I doubt many people come up here. There is nobody up there.


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I don't have climbing experience, but I have to pass this cliff. The rocks were easy to climb, however the desolate stairs at top freaked me out. I had to pull myself up on that loose stones. It was probably the most dangerous situation I've ever experienced. Even a broken leg can mean death through dehydration out there. I should have brought at least a cellphone.

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On the steep steps above, I take a picture of myself, because I wanted to know how I look like when I am scared. I also realize, that I eventually have to go back down here.

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The ridge is only a little bit restored. The original wall is just a pile of stones.

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My lunch. Bread with penguin sausage. At top of the first peak, I decide to return back down. There seam to be an old trail down there.


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I crawled down there somehow. The trail was there, but so overgrown and hardly used, that I only saw it on the GPS. I slipped about 3 times on that path.

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At last a panoramic shot from the morning scene. I reached the street down there and managed to get a bus into a bigger town and another one to a Beijing subwaystation.

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№1 Author: BuhaGolasa (16 Dec 2013 14:51) Total user comments: 0

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"I should have brought at least a cellphone." - you dont say?!
№2 Author: Dud76 (16 Dec 2013 15:00) Total user comments: 183

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Penguin sausage?
№3 Author: Gi-Joe (16 Dec 2013 15:49) Total user comments: 960

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Must have been an awesome experience. :04:
№4 Author: Jay (16 Dec 2013 21:41) Total user comments: 0

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So he messed around on the great wall for 2 days (including a wasted day with no water) with no prep, no medical equipment and no way to contact civilization if something happened. What. an. Idiot.

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