Our minds play crazy tricks on us sometimes. Sometimes its justified and sometimes it’s not. My biggest fear before we left for walking the Great Wall, was that I would not be able to climb the hills that would enable me to even get on the Wall!! So overcome that I had to do!! But it wasn’t easy. Those master builders of all those years ago had plans to stop anyone getting there.
Travels with a Trekker
So you thought getting on the wall would be easy did you?? Oh no!
Slowly I pushed myself up there. It was hot, steep and completely open. We were on the top. I stood there wondering what on earth I had done, The Wall stretched as far as the eye could see; on and on it went, a solid grey mass, the size of a small road, with sometimes a smooth surface and sometimes the worst steps I have ever had the experience to climb or descend. I quickly learnt that the smooth bits were worse than the steps! When the wall went downhill, it was sometimes so steep that I had to walk sideways like a crab, walking up I was sometimes clinging to the barrier wall at the side.
It all started in a pub – like these things often do. Sitting with a group of work colleagues, we talked about doing something adventurous together, like a trekking challenge, like going on the Great Wall of China.
After scouting around on the internet we came up with, what seemed to be, the best option. An all-in trip to the Wall, walking for 6 days and a visit to Beijing at the end.
So that’s how I found myself sitting at the airport, stomach churning, no idea what was ahead and no idea how I would fare.