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wicklore: Track 1570 in area near China, Beijing ()
The Simatai Gauntlet
Length: 9.0km, Creator time taken: 6h12m, Ascent: 696m,
Descent: 728m

Places: Start at Lon 117.276, Lat 40.6617, end at Lon 117.235, Lat 40.6805 4km NW from Start
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The Great Wall stretches for 8000 kms across Northern China. It is not a continuous wall but is made up of hundreds of smaller sections that tried to keep out the Mongol invaders from the north. It was built over hundreds of years and nothing stood in its way. Deserts, mountain ranges and cliffs - the Great Wall negotiates the lot. When the Wall crosses mountains it is built upon the highest ridge and follows this faithfully. So when invaders finally scaled the cliffs and steep slopes they still had a massive 20 foot wall with multiple Guard Towers to tackle.
Jinshanling and Simatai are two very picturesque areas where the Wall cross the hills for dozens of kilometres. It is about 2 1/2 hours north of Beijing so it doesnt attract the same levels of tourists as reas such as Badaling and Mutinayu nearer Beijing. (having been to those places I can tell you there isn't room to swing a cat)
This route is a track of what I call the Simatai Gauntlet. I've written a report on this remarkable experience here on mountainviews: http://mountainviews.ie/motleyviews/general/comment/6207/ The track goes from the closed Simatai area (early morning access possible before the guards arrive) to the closed military section to the west of Jinshanling (where a concrete barrier placed across the Wall with military warning signs means there can be no mistaken access).
While not a long route, it is strenuous with endless ascents and descents as you follow the lie of the land.

Uploaded on: Sat, 5 May 2012 (08:41:48)
Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/track/1570/  
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