05-Aug-2006 -- My wife and I were planning an outback trip along the Ann Beadell Highway and I noticed
that it passes within a few kilometres of this confluence point, in
South Australia's Tallaringa Conservation Park. I planned to visit this point.
As this point is off the Ann Beadell Highway I requested (and was granted)
special permits to visit this area, in addition to the usual permits required to travel
the Ann Beadell Highway.
We arrived in the area mid-afternoon on 5 August 2006,
after having earlier visited 29S 132E that very morning!
As it was getting late, with dusk approaching, I set off
immediately, leaving Sarah-Jane to set up camp on her own.
Reaching the point itself required an 8km round-trip walk through
heavy spinifex, at times chest high, and partially dense woody scrub.
The terrain was generally firm sand and large linear dunes about 400m
This was to be my most challenging visit to a confluence point
on this trip: Not only was this hike the longest (8km) and late in the day, but I needed
to push myself and maintain good pace to complete it before nightfall.
Also, Kieran (our chocolate labrador) did not accompany me this time as
his paws were sore from the previous hike though spinifex.
Due to the area's remoteness, being on my own, not knowing what lay ahead and the late hour, I carried a first-aid pack in addition to water, food and warm clothes, and kept in touch every 15 minutes via UHF radio
with Sarah-Jane who waited at our campsite. We also carried an HF radio in
case of a serious emergency.