Proper Hiking Gear For An Enjoyable Great Wall Hike
Hiking Great Wall of China has many benefits for both body and soul. The gear necessary to enjoy a memorable Great Wall hike is minimal and constitutes a modest investment compared to the wealth of benefits it confers.
Hiking Boots or Sneakers
Quality hiking boots are necessary, especially for multi day hiking. A good pair of boots is sturdy, water-resistant and fits well. Superior boots will enhance the hiking experience; inferior ones will cause much pain and sorrow, so it is important to choose a well-fitting pair.
A water bottle, even on short hikes, is a necessity. One should always carry water as dehydration can cause premature tiredness; a good gulp of water is always welcome on the trail. Most water bottles for hiking will fasten to a belt or have an adjustable waist or shoulder strap to secure them.
On longer hikes a backpack might also be necessary to carry trail food and other necessities. On a hike of several hours the body will consume many calories which need replacement. A handful of trail mix, an apple or a bit of chocolate can restore the energy needed to complete the hike.
A good compass is essential for self-guided hiking tour if the hike is in unfamiliar territory. In most sections of the Wall the trails are well-marked. However, in Jiankou area trails do intersect other trails and a wrong turn at an intersection can add miles to a hike. You may get lost, become bear food, and never be heard from again. So it would be helpful to take a compass.
Other items which are nice to have on the trail are a pedometer, camera, hiking stick and hat to ward off an unexpected shower. A hat with a brim is also helpful to keep annoying gnats at bay.
The hiker may also want a notepad and pencil to note things to remember about a particular trail, be it favorite wildflower locations, some memorable incident or wildlife sighting.
Since many trails transverse forests and wild lands a small digital camera is also helpful for photographing memorable sights along the trail.