It has been so hilly today that in many places there was no need for a wall to keep the enemy out. Instead, natural high and steep ridges and mountain sides did the job.
I am getting more in touch with assessing the safety and sanity of what I am doing now.
After descending the mountain I camped on yesterday, I crossed a river. It had a pretty strong current due to rainfall the last two nights, but it was not so deep. All the same I had to lean heavily forward on the walking sticks and could feel the sand dissappearing under my feet if I didn’t move. At one place the walking sticks started shaking hard due to the current.
On the way down the mountains to the west of the river, I had spotted a place to climb up on the eastern side. It went fine for a long time, but then I had to get to the next mountain to reconnect with the Great Wall. Basically it was a wild walk – narrow with a high drop to one side and a vertical mountain wall on the other. There were loose stones and gravel. I used a lot of energy making sure not to take a wrong step. I was in a similar situation later on in the day.
Risk assessment is a personal issue, and it should be, as the potential consequences are also highly personal. After being close to the limit of my comfort zone more than once today, I might lower my comfort zone a little so that I have some leverage for the coming stretches. Part of my risk assessment is that I am walking alone and that I am going to be exposed to risk for a long period of time.
10 kilometres today plus 7 to get to a place to buy water