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Norway : Hedmark

20.0 km (12.4 miles) S of Kongsvinger, Hedmark, Norway
Approx. altitude: 336 m (1102 ft)
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Antipode: 60°S 168°W

Accuracy: 3 m (9 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: 360-degree panorama from the confluence #3: Modern tree-cutting machine #4: Fredrik between a pair of lumber stacks #5: 76 CSx with good position data #6: Quest GPS with fewer satellites #7: GPS track log: Note the return along the unmarked logging trail!

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  60°N 12°E (visit #2)  

#1: Main image - view towards NE

(visited by Terje Mathisen and Fredrik Norløff-Mathisen)

26-Jul-2006 -- Six years ago, in July 2000, my son attended a Scout camp near this confluence, and I made the first visit to it. Even though it is quite easy to reach, about 1.5 hours drive from Oslo, the Norwegian capitol, and about 2.5 km from the nearest public road, there has been no other visits to it during these 6 years!

Last year we had a big national Yamboree at the same site, and I used the opportunity to visit the next point east, 60°N 13°E, in Sweden.

This year we returned to the Ingelsrud Scout Center for yet another camp, "Go The Norway '06", and as Troop Leader I had my hands full all week, except for the period from 11:00 on Wednesday until around noon Thursday: This was the time all the scouts would be out on an overnight hike, with just a small tarpaulin to sleep under, and all the troop leaders got some time off.

Together with my son Fredrik (Troop Assistant for the week), we used this time to drive the 7-8 km north to the closest approach to the confluence, parked the car on the outside of a gate, and started jogging the last 2.5 km to the point.

The first part is quite easy, since you can follow a logging road until you're less than a km from the confluence, but then you have to travel through the forest itself. On the way up we bushwacked quite a bit, only to discover on the way back that an old logging track goes almost all the way up to the point. On the track log image you can see how we returned to the road slightly further north than the point where we left it: This is the start of the track.

So what had changed during these six years? Not too much, except for a few more areas becoming clear cut due to logging operations. It is however quite possible that all the trees around the confluence itself will be part of another logging operation, making travel much harder, and the confluence much more ugly.


 All pictures
#1: Main image - view towards NE
#2: 360-degree panorama from the confluence
#3: Modern tree-cutting machine
#4: Fredrik between a pair of lumber stacks
#5: 76 CSx with good position data
#6: Quest GPS with fewer satellites
#7: GPS track log: Note the return along the unmarked logging trail!
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