Trekking The Great Wall of China

You may remember this little post I did about me raising money for the Mental Health Foundation, by trekking the Great Wall of China. I had to raise a minimum of £2,520 by July and guess what…

I did it!

However, they did tell me after I raised the 80% of the minimum fundraising amount that they’d moved the minimum fundraising deadline to 6-weeks before the trip… but it’s ok, because now I only need to get the last 20% of my fundraising goal and I will have raised the full amount!

Now I’ve reached this goal, what next?

 

How I’m training for trekking the Great Wall of China

It’s finally time to start training for the trek and now I’m starting to freak out ever so slightly. So far I’ve upped my gym game, mixing stair-master training with weight training and a 30-minute walk and doing the recommended hike training at the weekend.

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Here’s how the next few weeks are going to go:

Week 1-2: 2 hour hike on Sat or Sun

Week 3: 2 hour hike on both Sat & Sun

Week 4-5: 3 hour hike on Sat or Sun

Week 6: 3 hour hike on Sat & Sun

Week 7-8: 4 hour hike on Sat or Sun

Week 9: 4 hour hike on both Sat & Sun

Week 10-11: 5 hour hike on Sat or Sun

Week 12: 5 hour hike on Sat & Sun

Week 13-14: 6 hour hike on Sat or Sun

Week 15: 6 hour hike on both Sat & Sun

Week 16-17: 7 hour hike on Sat or Sun

Week 18: 7 hour hike on Sat & Sun

Week 19-20: 8 hour hike on Sat or Sun

Week 21: 8 hour hike on both Sat & Sun

Is it a lot of walking? Yes. Did I realise how hard continuous walking was… nope!

Walking is hard, it’s hard on the legs, the joints and the feet. So many blisters occur.

This training is making things a reality to me and it’s making me even more determined to get on that plane to Beijing and tackle that really massive wall!

 

I am mentally underprepared

I’ve been so focused on getting my body prepared for trekking the Great Wall of China, that I’ve not had time to mentally prepare for the trip. There’s things I didn’t think about, like:

  • My first long haul flight
  • Travelling so far with a group of people I’ve never met
  • Visiting China, a country that is VERY different from the countries that I’ve visited in Europe
  • Sleeping in the Chinese countryside
  • Being away from family and friends for the longest time since Uni

 

I’ve travelled solo plenty of times now, but to travel that far and for the longest amount of time I’ve ever travelled solo, is a very scary thought!

I know a lot of the other trekkers heading off on this journey with me have found the fundraising part of this adventure hard, with deadlines to hit and the pressure of raising the huge amount needed, it can really take its toll. This trek is going to be a challenge both mentally and physically and it’s important I prepare both in equal measure!

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Planning my Great Wall of China content

I’ll be planning what content I want to get from my trip, mainly photographs and a few vlogs, obviously I don’t want to carry too much equipment, but I’m excited to have a new location to get creative with.

I’ll be getting as much content as possible to keep you guys updated on how things are going and how it all went, so make sure you stay tuned for those exciting times!

For now though, make sure you check out my new IGTV channel! I upload mini vlogs on there every week talking about the trek, fundraising and my mental health history! @bodywithmind on Insta!