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China : Nèi Měnggǔ Zìzhìqū (Inner Mongolia)

9.5 km (5.9 miles) NNW of Xangd Sum, Nèi Měnggǔ, China
Approx. altitude: 1189 m (3900 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 43°S 65°W

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
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#2: east #3: south #4: west #5: north #6: gps view #7: hunter #8: heavy rain #9: cool cloud #10: bbq

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  43°N 115°E  

#1: 60 meters from N43E115

(visited by CHINA ABOVECLOUD CONFLUENCE SEARCHING TEAM, Lei Wang, Tong Tong and Wolf Gray)

English Narrative

24-Jun-2006 -- 这个点位于北京越野爱好者心目中的天堂--浑善达克沙地的腹地,距离任何一条公路的直线距离都在60公里以上。

6.24一早,我们从张北出发,于前一天晚上住在太仆寺旗的高师傅汇合。碰头之后,才知道他老人家昨天晚上连夜赶路,误入了超级越野山路,翻越大陡坡,走错路,下大雨,直到凌晨六点钟才到。

在太仆寺旗首府宝昌采购了大批腐败物资,一路向北,奔向北纬43度线。在桑根达来加油,午餐,之后杀向那日图。地图上显示,通往那日图的是一条省道,但实际上下了国道,就已经是非铺装路面了。道路还不错,虽然只有一条车辙,但沙子并不厚,两驱已经足够应付了。路上风景很好,一路追着雨云在跑。到扎格斯台,遇到两片很大的湖水。

距离目标点还有10公里直线距离的时候,路面开始堆积着厚厚的沙子,没过多久,道路被铁丝网封闭了。原路返回道勒钦,问路,被告知南北都可以走,北边绕一些,路好;南边近,但道路不好。选择近路走,反正大家都是来玩沙子的,不怕路不好。天色差不多了,扎营腐败。晚霞非常漂亮

6.25日早晨五点天刚亮,苍狼,童童,笨笨三个人出发去找点,其他人还在呼呼大睡。10公里的直线距离,分外艰辛。草原上的路绕来绕去,给导航带来了很大的挑战。沙漠路段也开始多了起来,很多地方需要挂四驱。童童小心翼翼的驾驶着,因为只有一个车,万一陷车了等队友来救需要花很多时间。从地图上看,我们进入了一个湖区,积水也开始多起来了。终于在一个大水塘的面前,我们不敢继续冲了。正好一个当地人过水塘,我们咨询了一下,前面的水塘还很多,单车困难。于是绕路回去,走另外的道路,这次走到一个废弃的路线上,车子差点陷进去,折腾了几次倒了出来,再找其他的路。

终于在距离目标点1.2公里的附近,有一处比较硬实的停车地点,前面看着很像是沼泽了,道路也拐向了另外的方向。就是他了,拿上GPS,安步当车,开始徒步。多次的找点,已经训练出了在旷野上估算距离的能力,翻过几个沙丘,目标点就在几颗大树的边上了,与预估的距离相差不到100米,欣慰。

目标点是一处典型的浑善达克地貌,沙子很厚,但草也不少。这是我们迄今为止到达的距离公路最远的交汇点,此时车辆已经下路行驶了超过100公里了。

更多信息:www.abovecloud.com

English Narrative

24-Jun-2006 -- 43N 115E is in the center of Hun Shan Da Ke desert, which is about 600km from Beijing, and it's more than 60km from any highway. This desert is a heaven for all jeep lover in Beijing.

After have lunch and fill in gas, we left national highway from Sang Gen Da Lai town, and entered the desert. At the beginning, the dirt road is not bad and very beautiful, we followed a rain cloud and finnally override it. About 5 o'clock, we found the road disappeared, ended in front of a fence. We had to track back and ask local people for help. It's not easy, so we decided to camping.

5 A.M, Jun 25st, we get up early to the confluece point. The dirt road was replaced by sand road, at most time, we have to use 4WD. We drive carefully, since we are solo, most of our friends are still sleeping in our camp, and it will cost lots of time to rescue us if we were in trouble.

The road crossed a big pool, that's lead us stopped to ask local people about the road, and they told there are bigger pools ahead, and suggest us drive back to another way. About 3km from the CP, the wheel track changed to ox track, we have to back again.

Finally, it's only 1.2km from the CP, the trail turn to another side, we get off our jeep and began our trekking. The terrian is simple, after two dunes we reached the 43N 115E. We had drove more than 100km on dirt road at that time.

More info: www.abovecloud.com


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#1: 60 meters from N43E115
#2: east
#3: south
#4: west
#5: north
#6: gps view
#7: hunter
#8: heavy rain
#9: cool cloud
#10: bbq
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