Seeing the Great Wall for the first time gives you that impression of WOW. Examining it closely gives you that feeling of “uhmm… this looks a bit more difficult than I thought and perhaps more decieving”. Walking it with these steep ups and downs every couple of hundred meter, with a 30 lb camera bag on your back and one very heavy tripod in one hand in the middle of the September sun is challenging to the most experienced and avid hikers amongst us. Now climbing up and down those steps at the end of every steep up and down… now that’s a testament to endurance (or stupidity I’m not sure)!!! Did I say there were no hot dog stands along the entire 12 or so kilometers??? (honestly folks…. I was just looking for water)!!!