Wow – what a humbling experience. I went for the hike, completely pumped that I would be able to handle it. As it turned out, there was no way I was able to keep up with the group. The hike was quite steep initially, and 1 hour into it I could tell that there was no way I was going to be able to hike the full hike. Luckily the Beijing Hikers crew was great – and they assigned a guide to me, and he took me up to the wall via a much easier (lower gradient) path. Apparently was still 3+ level, and I was still puffing and panting –but I did make it to the wall.
Overall, as humbling as this experience was, it was a great way to see which things I need to improve.
1st – cardio needs to improve
2nd – need to shed pounds – otherwise its like I’m carrying a whole backpack (when its not needed).
On top of this, it was quite inspirational to see these ‘hikers’ and how they did it. I guess a lot of them are marathoners so well conditions. My goal is not ‘that’ level of fitness BUT it was very cool to see.
So, total elevation on this hike:
288m at 12.2% gradient
381m at 22.3% gradient.
So, in ft, total elevation I climate was 1837 ft over 4 hours – but was pretty dead afterwards.
First part of the hike – 288m – 12.2% gradient – near death! 🙂
2nd Hike – much better for my level – up to the wall, then down and to the town.