The Great Wall of China: Hiking & Camping!

We are on our way to the Great Wall of
China, but instead of fighting our way through hordes of tourists we’ll put on
snake repellent and explore awe inspiring unrestored portions of the wall with our
incredible guide Peter. The Jiankou section of the wall is one of the most dangerous portions to hike, but that just made us all the more excited to be there.
The great wall is over 2,300 years old and is visited by tens of thousands of
people every day but we were completely alone on the wall for the almost 5 hours we spent hiking. *Out of breath*
Literally straight up behind me. This hike is no joke. We took a little break to fly the drone so I’m a little bit more energized. This section of the wall has completely crumbled. Here’s the route we’re supposed to go, up the side. Alright, this isn’t so bad. I don’t even know how to begin to explain how worth it this is. I have to admit when I saw the price I was a little bit worried but to have the whole wall to ourselves for hours *Claire trips* see pieces of it that are left alone just to be dealt with by time *Claire’s brain explodes* Wow. So the hike down the mountain starts at
the beginning of the Heavenly Ladder so we are going to go up the Heavenly Ladder, up the flying eagle, back across the flying eagle back down the Heavenly Ladder and
then we will go get the car. The most terrifying portion of this hike is the Heavenly Ladder which features stairs that climb at an angle of 85 degrees. Yes, you heard me right. That’s five degrees less steep than going straight up. I’m really not ready to die. What is your fear level Justin?
Justin: None Justin: Yeah I’m holding on
Claire: Stay stable. Stay stable all the time. Ok. My whole body is shaking. Holy crap. This is fine.This is fine, I’m fine. This is fine. Justin’s fine. Oh my gosh I mean REALLY?! I’m using my arms and my legs. This is a thing that’s happening. What?! We’re going down the heavenly ladder. Hug the wall, hug the wall…. It doesn’t help that the rocks are slippery. They’ve got like, moss and mildew on them. so you have to have good footing or else you’re screwed. Oh man, the bad part is over. My nose is running, I am soaked in sweat
and that was the coolest thing I think I’ve ever done in my whole life. This is the
path down the mountain right here in front of us. We’re gonna go grab the car. So this hike is gonna be about 25 minutes and then we have a two hour car ride to where we’re gonna camp. It’s super slippery. It’s all slick. So I don’t know if it’s just because I’m coming down from the adrenaline high or what but I am completely overwhelmed with how incredible this has been. I’m just so happy. This huge monumental part of history underneath my feet with no one else there just me and Justin and our guide. It doesn’t get any more special than that. It doesn’t get any cooler than that. Dang! Also check out how far in front of me they are. *laughter* They are so patient. Oh man I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to see a car my life! It’s time for dinner and the guys are so hungry. I’m not hungry I’m just tired I wanna go to bed! Kungpao chicken and rice! Yummy! Okay so we also have eggplant with
potatoes and green peppers. Justin: Cheers
Caire: NOM! Cabbage with pork belly in it. Claire: This has the flowers in it and tomatoes and eggs?
Peter: Yes Peter: How does the soup taste like?
Claire: It tastes exactly how I thought it would. Alright, I’m gonna be a baby I’m a child who is letting Justin carry my pack for me because he abandoned his pack for tonight. I put brand-new batteries in my headlamp before coming here and they’re already empty so I don’t know how the heck that happened. I’m using a cell phone like a millennial. Alright so this hike is supposedly 15 minutes? Oh man…there’s some other tourists that are in the easy campsite to get to, so we’re hiking to the next one I’m doing something, I don’t remember what I was doing. I was dealing with my shoes or whatever, and you hear Justin go
“Hey Claire, I’m peeing off the Great Wall of China!” and I’m like “That sounds magnificent,
I need to do that” and the thing is that I don’t want to pee on the Great Wall of
China like- I don’t- like- it’s the Great Wall of China, I don’t want to urinate on it. So I’m like okay, I have to pee off of it too but as a lady, haha, the logistics are a
little bit more complicated. I have to pull down my shorts and then I have to grab on to either edge of this window it’s basically this archway I have to grab either side of the archway and lean my butt over out as far as I can into the abyss so that I can assure that all of the pee goes into the ground and not onto the Great Wall of China. I like sitting here and thinking like, I kind of wish I was filming this. I kind of wish that there
was proof that this happened and yet I’m very happy that there’s not but I really could use a shower! We’re here. We’re going to be doing four
hours of hiking today. We’ve only been walking for about two minutes and we’re soaked in sweat. I’ve gotta take off this jacket. Today we are hiking the Huanghuacheng portion of the Great Wall of China and much of the hike is completely covered in dense brush. Peter, our guide, encouraged me to keep my jacket on to protect my arms from thorns and bugs but it was way too hot and too humid to be comfortable in my rain jacket. Thankfully I didn’t get too scratched up and was actually quite comfortable. Justin: It’s beautiful!
Claire: That’s quite the caterpillar. *Justin coughing*
Claire: I know, bug in your mouth! Oh no! This portion of the wall has been restored to a much better condition than the section that we hiked yesterday so we were able to move much more quickly. I’m so glad we got to experience both portions of the wall. They were so different from one
another. A fter spending two full days on the
Great Wall of China we weren’t left with enough time to go
see the more touristy sections of the wall, but I have no regrets about that
whatsoever. Just in case you were fooled into thinking we’re at the top, nope
forget it. That’s the top. Yes! Woo! It’s downhill from here.
Easy peasy breezy. Well this is adorable. Paw prints! Alright Justin tell me about your
experience on the Great Wall Justin: It wast awesome
Claire: I can’t wait for a shower! Justin: Me too.
Claire: We have the local rainbow trout right? And then pork, right? Oh my gosh look at this food! That about wraps that up.
We are going to drive 2 hours back to Beijing. we’re very full…and then we’re going to shower because that is the most necessary thing that could possibly happen right now. We are back! We made it!

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Reader Comments

  1. Pankaj Gupta

    @Claire Mcadams This video is just amazing and fabulous. It mesmerized me and is now compelling me to travel to The Great wall of China. Also, Take a complement that you are amazingly beautiful and pretty. Keep moving and Stay healthy stay happy. May best wishes. I wish someday you come to Delhi, India and we could meet. All the best again

  2. Peter Zhong

    Indeed, after climbing from foothill of a small slope to the top, I was completely exhausted. How did the soldiers fight the war there? How did they even build that wall following the ridges of mountains Incredible.


    One of the best travel videos I've seen in recent times. Breathtaking visuals. So much risk and worth the effort. Walking and climbing with the selfie stick…that again was giving me goosebumps.
    Guys, thanks for sharing this awesome video with the world

    (The best part is no semi-clad women running around in slow motion)

  4. Wroger Wroger

    Spray on Snake Repellant – They sure saw you coming…… Buckets of tap water…. add some fragrances, dyes etc., and then bottle it. $10 for 250 ml of snake repellant. $20 for elixer of life and eternal youth – 50ml, Skin rejuvenation hydrating spray $15 for 100ml…… "Ahhhhh Ha Ha Ha – stupid tourists = $$$$$$$$$"

  5. Jims Mc Ningshen

    The steps are too steep and too dangerous OMG, please don't make such a risky and a dangerous hike again Lol, we want you to make more videos in future 🙂

  6. Rinzin Namgyal9

    While hikers getting exhausted by climbing jus imagine how much energy n effort paid by workers… Wonderful will power and determination… absolutely insane 👏👏

  7. xstingrayx

    everytime i see the great wall i have to think of the good old tomb raider 2 days on PS1. i can still hear the playstation intro sound echoing in my mind.

  8. Jyanne Skye

    The quality of this video is A+++. The views are sooo gorgeous. Too bad, I don't have the courage to climb the Great Wall. I have extreme acrophobia. You are too brave. I love your personality. Definitely subscribing to your channel. 😎


    China need to take care of that wall because the effort their ancestors made was not Imaginable and we can't make it if we take 100 years

    You people still have chance to make it possible to live for more 2000 years

  10. Rich Wang

    Wow this is amazing! Claire Thanks for showing us the magnificent view of great wall! I have been to Badaling and Huanghualing great walls. Yours is way more exciting and beautiful! Even for a Chinese people, I find your exploration of great wall is amazing amazing!

  11. Byrnzie400

    Close to the section I went to with our small group from Beijing – Simatai to Jiankou. Only met one other person on the wall that day; an old fella selling cans of Tsingtao beer.

  12. 钱凡

    各位国际友人 视频里爬的是箭扣长城 位于京郊怀柔区西北的八道河乡境内,海拔1141米,距怀柔县城约30公里,我两年前和朋友去过一次,太壮观 太刺激了!因为是野长城 所以很多地方非常险峻 去的大多是驴友 著名的几个点有将军守关、七十度的天梯、鹰飞倒仰、北京结。

  13. amit kumar

    According to history many people died while making this Great wall and they were buried under this wall , so you should have peed somewhere else , jst a thought . 🤔💦😸😹 ,

  14. Eat the melon by the way

    There is such a legend that the Great Wall was completed and the officials accepted the quality of the project. They sent swords to insert bricks. If the sword was inserted into the bricks, all the builders were killed. If they were not inserted, the swordsmen were killed.

  15. William James

    Fell so hard for the old "Chinese snake repellent" that they actually added it to the video. Most Americans are out of touch with reality.

  16. Joker

    now people are surprised to see people used to make Chinese walls like that, and people were also surprised to see people now making skyscrapers.😁

  17. Helen Zhao

    I just want to let you guys know how much I have been enjoying watching these amazing travel videos. I randomly came across the one that you guys filmed in Shanghai, which’s my hometown! And I’m in the middle of my finals study period for my law school finals, these videos lifted up my mood a lot! Sending love to you!

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