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China : Nèi Měnggǔ Zìzhìqū (Inner Mongolia)

15.7 km (9.7 miles) NNW of Tianshan, Nèi Měnggǔ, China
Approx. altitude: 470 m (1541 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 44°S 60°W

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: east view #3: south view #4: west view #5: north view #6: GPS #7: hunter couple #8: hunter family #9: harvest #10: small villages nearby

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  44°N 120°E  

#1: cp 100 meters away

(visited by CHINA ABOVECLOUD CONFLUENCE SEARCHING TEAM, Lei Wang, Lei Zou, Nelson Don, Tian Tian, Yong Wang and Ha Li)

English Narrative

21-Aug-2010 -- 这是我们此行第一个点,在路上我们还在犹豫:是否要去这个点呢?因为时间并不算太早了,而我们预计的路程还很远。但走过路过,不能错过,还是去看看吧。在车上打开笔记本,用3G上网大概看了一下地形地貌,应该是丘陵地带。而且新修的大通道似乎比老路更近一点。距离阿鲁科尔沁旗的首府天山镇只有10多公里。

我把俄勒冈300的导航设定为N44E120,居然规划出了一条路,从轨迹上看,路可以到轨迹点3公里附近。这是俄勒冈+APRS第一次长途,正好实践一下俄勒冈的地图。老尼车上又是老婆又是儿子又是狗,进展比较慢,到达下路点的时候,他已经在我后面10多公里了。问了一下当地老乡,他们不知道我地图上交汇点附近的新富村。告诉老尼大概的下路点,沿着小柏油一路下去。

距离点4公里左右,看到一条土路通向交汇点。按照我们的经验,这种似乎从最接近点出发的路,不一定是最好的路。宁可沿着大路多走一点。向路过的骑自行车的小孩、骑摩托车的村民、开小面包车的司机问新富村,他们都不知道这个地名。看来地图又再乱搞了。沿着古老地图的路继续前进,GPS上面老尼也逐步追上来了。

又走了三四公里,我们发现轨迹是绕着那个点在跑,于是继续向当地老乡打听。老乡看我们说不清楚要去什么地方,但执著的要向那个方向走,给我们指了路之后,问:你们是探矿的吧?

沿着老乡的路走了一段,发现路又偏了。看地图直线距离只有2公里左右了,到处是很缓的丘陵,于是我们决定沿直线爬到山顶看看再说。丘陵上是老乡新种的防风植物,一排排的种在登高线上,两派之间正好能通过一辆车,加上每个山至少有2-3个上下山运送树苗的路,正好我们就可以乱跑了。

爬过一个山坡,发现远处一个老乡大呼小叫的冲我们的方向跑来,令我们着实紧张了一阵子:不会是说我们压人家的山,又来讹钱了吧?在原地犹豫了一下子,决定还是继续前进:反正跑也跑不掉,硬着头皮上吧。还好老乡只是着急过来赶牲口回家,跟我们无关。

再爬上一座山顶,交汇点只有1公里了。电台里面传来了老尼的声音,他也只有不到2km了,但我们完全位于交汇点的两侧,各自找路前进。我们爬上了最有希望的一座山顶,距离交汇点只有500m的时候,发现前面是一个片葱郁的植物,如果不考虑老乡的感受,我们的车也许可以过去。但为了避免给自己惹麻烦,我们决定绕路。在山顶上,我们见到不远处的小村子:新富村,他就在地图标注的位置。但当地人管它叫什么名字就不得而知了。

有村子就有路,我们很快绕到村子所属的土路上。这条路距离交汇点只有200m,我决定安步当车去找点。这个点就位于两排灌木的中间,是这附近的一个典型地貌,如果愿意,车子也可以开到很近。老尼从另外一个方向上了进村的路,飞速向我的车靠近。我用电台指挥他,直接把车开到了距离点不到50米的地方。

这次的APRS试验非常成功,只要电台能够连通,大家再也不用担心迷路,丢失了。

English Narrative

21-Aug-2010 -- This is the first attempt to visit a confluence point with our new equipment: garmin oregon 300 + APRS system. Though we have a long way to go today, but we decided to try. During our driving, we connect to 3G network and investigate the map around, and found it's only 10km from the Tianshan town.

Oregon found a way for us, and it worth to have a try, and test if the map is fine. In the map their is a small village nearby. But nobody know the name of the village, it seems the map is wrong again.

We run 3-4km along the old way on our map, and found we are a little far from the point. Can't describe where we are heading on, local people very curious about us: are you mine hunter?

Across a small river, then a small hill, it’s only 1km to the point. Nelson is fighting on his way too. There are new planted bushes on the hill, I believe they are subsidized by government to resist wind and sand. Luckily, our jeep can run between two lines of bushes without destroy them.

After climbing up two or three hill, on the top of a hill, we found the point is 500 meter away. And a small village appears: the one that nobody knows the name. The bushes prevent us from going further, I decided to drive down to the dirt road, the road from the village to the town.

There are only 200 meters from the road, it takes me less then 10 minutes to reach it. Nelson is coming soon, and run to the hill, 50 meters from the CP, stopped by the bushes.

This is a very successful APRS test. We can drive as we like, select our trail freely, and find other team members on GPS. Forget lost on the road, it’s an history.


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#1: cp 100 meters away
#2: east view
#3: south view
#4: west view
#5: north view
#6: GPS
#7: hunter couple
#8: hunter family
#9: harvest
#10: small villages nearby
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