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Scaling the Dragons Back – The Great Wall Trek by Karen Patrick

An awesome journey

Informative, interesting, moving and witty. I felt I was doing the Trek with her!

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Lizzy
Scaling The Dragon's Back
Review date: 23rd December 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I visited China myself a few years ago, I relived the experience as the author described her visits to The Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Terracotta Warriors and the Great Wall.

I admire Karen's determination to finish the trek, I found walking the section of the Wall at Badaling onerous enough.

An interesting and informative read I can highly recommend this book.


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Lizzy
Scaling The Dragon's Back
Review date: 23rd December 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I visited China myself a few years ago, I relived the experience as the author described her visits to The Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Terracotta Warriors and the Great Wall.

I admire Karen's determination to finish the trek, I found walking the section of the Wall at Badaling onerous enough.

An interesting and informative read I can highly recommend this book.


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Mike
Scaling The Dragon's Back
Review date: 27th December 2013

A good read. It held my interest which made it an easy read. I enjoyed the moments of humour and at last I know what happened to the student who confronted the tank i Tianneman Square durint the student protest.
When the author recounts her days trekking on the Great Wall I felt as if I was there with her.


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Pam and Paul
A Personal Triumph
Review date: 16th July 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed Karen’s book. It takes us on her personal journey along the wall, we shared with her the blisters and aching limbs that her great effort brought. Whilst providing an insight to the rugged and in parts beautiful terrain it also introduced us to the ancient and modern history that has shaped the Chinese culture along with the socio-political challenges that it faces.


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Paul & Pam
A Personal Triumph
Review date: 16th March 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed Karen’s book. It takes us on her personal journey along the wall, we shared with her the blisters and aching limbs that her great effort brought. Whilst providing an insight to the rugged and in parts beautiful terrain it also introduced us to the ancient and modern history that has shaped the Chinese culture along with the socio-political challenges that it faces.


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Description

The Great Wall Trek

A contribution of the proceeds for this book will go to dementia care charities.

“In September 2012 I took part in a trek of part of the Great Wall of China. Quite simply the experience changed my life. Awe inspiring scenery, memorable moments and personal challenges. I will admit at times I found it difficult even doubting I would be able to complete the trek. I was driven on to prove something to myself and by not wanting to let down my chosen charity. And frankly there was an occasion on one day of the trek when it was actually easier to continue on and up than to go back and down the Wall.”

“To celebrate the wonder that it the Great Wall, capture my experiences not only of the trek but of seeing the Terracotta Warriors and the sights of Beijing.”

– Karen Patrick

A fascinating account about the author’s trek to the Great Wall of China to raise funds for the charity Dementia UK and a very useful guide to others.

“Scaling the Dragon’s Back” is an informative account about her own adventures trekking part of the Great Wall of China for charity. Described as a ‘Fantastic’ book it offers plenty of advice for those who may be interesting in taking the trek themselves.

Supporting: Dementia UK
Dementia UK provide mental health nurses specialising in dementia care, called Admiral Nurses;
“Admiral Nurses are a lifeline to thousands of people in this country. They provide psychological support to help family carers understand and deal with their feelings, practical advice and information on dementia , its impact and how to cope. They can also provide referrals to other appropriate services and liaison with other professionals to provide holistic support when it’s most needed.”

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Rosie Keating, Community Fundraising Team, Dementia UK

"…..a great read!"

Joanna Westley, Head of Fundraising & Communications, Dementia UK
 

"I have read your book and enjoyed it very much. I have to say very well written, funny and also informative."

Cindy
 
"I thoroughly enjoyed your book. I didn't want it to end. It was informative, interesting, moving and witty."

Alan
 
"I have really enjoyed reading your memoirs - I felt I was doing the Trek with you - feeling your aching legs and bones and also visualising the toilets and showers!!!

I have to say I admire you for your determination to do the Trek and also your commitment to the Admiral Nurses."

Sonia
 

"I really enjoyed your book. It gave me a very good idea about how you were feeling at the time. It would make excellent additional reading to go with the literature of the trek organisers.

In particular, I liked the way you described the Wall and the scenery but always described the effect it had on you. You also gave a very good impression of how hard it was – I suspect that’s something not everyone is aware of."

Maureen
 

"I enjoyed reading your book, an interesting read."

Jane
 
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Reader reviews and ratings:

 
"Overall, I think it is a fantastic book – your anecdotes add humour and your historical references make for a both enjoyable and informative read. The book offers plenty of advice to people who may be interested in taking part in the climb themselves."

Rosie Keating, Community Fundraising Team, Dementia UK
 

"…..a great read!"

Joanna Westley, Head of Fundraising & Communications, Dementia UK
 

"I have read your book and enjoyed it very much. I have to say very well written, funny and also informative."

Cindy
 

"I thoroughly enjoyed your book. I didn't want it to end. It was informative, interesting, moving and witty."

Alan
 

"I have really enjoyed reading your memoirs - I felt I was doing the Trek with you - feeling your aching legs and bones and also visualising the toilets and showers!!!

I have to say I admire you for your determination to do the Trek and also your commitment to the Admiral Nurses."

Sonia
 

"I really enjoyed your book. It gave me a very good idea about how you were feeling at the time. It would make excellent additional reading to go with the literature of the trek organisers.

In particular, I liked the way you described the Wall and the scenery but always described the effect it had on you. You also gave a very good impression of how hard it was – I suspect that’s something not everyone is aware of."

Maureen
 

"I enjoyed reading your book, an interesting read."

Jane
 

Rating: 5.00 out of 5 (5 customer ratings)
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Reviews

Lizzy
Scaling The Dragon's Back
Review date: 23rd December 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I visited China myself a few years ago, I relived the experience as the author described her visits to The Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Terracotta Warriors and the Great Wall.

I admire Karen's determination to finish the trek, I found walking the section of the Wall at Badaling onerous enough.

An interesting and informative read I can highly recommend this book.


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Lizzy
Scaling The Dragon's Back
Review date: 23rd December 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I visited China myself a few years ago, I relived the experience as the author described her visits to The Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Terracotta Warriors and the Great Wall.

I admire Karen's determination to finish the trek, I found walking the section of the Wall at Badaling onerous enough.

An interesting and informative read I can highly recommend this book.


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Mike
Scaling The Dragon's Back
Review date: 27th December 2013

A good read. It held my interest which made it an easy read. I enjoyed the moments of humour and at last I know what happened to the student who confronted the tank i Tianneman Square durint the student protest.
When the author recounts her days trekking on the Great Wall I felt as if I was there with her.


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Pam and Paul
A Personal Triumph
Review date: 16th July 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed Karen’s book. It takes us on her personal journey along the wall, we shared with her the blisters and aching limbs that her great effort brought. Whilst providing an insight to the rugged and in parts beautiful terrain it also introduced us to the ancient and modern history that has shaped the Chinese culture along with the socio-political challenges that it faces.


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Paul & Pam
A Personal Triumph
Review date: 16th March 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed Karen’s book. It takes us on her personal journey along the wall, we shared with her the blisters and aching limbs that her great effort brought. Whilst providing an insight to the rugged and in parts beautiful terrain it also introduced us to the ancient and modern history that has shaped the Chinese culture along with the socio-political challenges that it faces.


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