20/05/2016

China Archives - Trekking The Great Wall - Part II

Badaling

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What a day! Our wake up call was at 6:30am…lovely! Mind you, I was up at 6am by myself. 

By 8am we set off for our first big day. 

Our first trek started at the Badaling section of the wall which is a section that is rarely visited by tourists so we were basically the only ones there. I’m not going to give a full account but I will say this – the steps are deceiving. You turn a corner and find another flight, it was never-ending! Oh and for the five hours that we walked for, I think only about fifteen minutes of those were on a level path.

The wind was insane and conditions got so bad that we had to get as low to the ground as possible. There was a section where there was no wall on either side of us so we ended up going down on our bums which was quite funny.
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Holding on for dear life! It was SO windy.
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A path less taken.

I have to say that it was the most challenging experience of my life and it’s only the first day! I ache like crazy which concerns me about tomorrow but hopefully I’ll be fine.

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