Spiderman has nothing on us!

We climbed, possibly at times crawled, the Great Wall. It is steep, uneven, and slick!  As one of our fellow participants aptly summed up, “Climbing up the wall was an adventure, getting down was an accomplishment.”    

We climbed this!


Some parts of the Great Wall do flatten out, however, we were not in those sections. Our major obstacle in climbing and descending the wall was how incredibly uneven the steps were – sometimes you would step up one brick, sometimes three or four. Thousands of footsteps later, the stones are also slippery and indented, and necessitate that you grip the railing provided.    

Check out those steps!


Despite the obvious need for caution, we saw one woman march right up the center holding a newborn baby! You’d think if you are only allowed to have one child, you would be a tad bit more careful. Yet, some warnings could be found, even if not addressing children in particular:    



…isn’t that the point?   

Ultimately, we made it to the top, and looked down and groaned at what proved to be a very slow and methodical descent.    

Diane's view from the top


5 responses to “Spiderman has nothing on us!

  1. How long did it take you to do this trek up the wall? Did all the folks in the group go up?

  2. Wondered the same. How long up and down? How high up were you?

  3. WOW! Were they trying to test your Hun Defense skills by taking you to the most difficult part of the wall? (it was the Huns right? I was a theatre major) 🙂

  4. Wow this is incredible! The section I went to was not nearly as steep, and we opted for sliding down in a tobaggon instead. For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, check this out: http://foodondrunk.blogspot.com/2009/08/great-wall-toboggan-ride.html

  5. ilike2forkmyself

    If it so steep how did they build it in the first place?

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