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Moganshan, east China: A hike, a climb and a night spent with ghosts

By Mark Kitto   September 2011

Three friends and I went on an overnight hike to Stone Gate Village. A pair of rock pillars, about 40 metres high, give the village its name. The aim was to climb them, camp on top and—if no one rolled off in the night—rope down the next day.

The hike was hot and steep and, once we arrived, there was no easy path to the top of the pillars. We fought our way up an almost vertical slope, through dense undergrowth, and found a route at the back of the larger pillar up which we scrambled to the summit. Then…

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