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United States : California

5.6 miles (9.0 km) W of San Ardo, Monterey, CA, USA
Approx. altitude: 359 m (1177 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 36°S 59°E

Accuracy: 4 m (13 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: S view #3: Beautiful path along the valley bottom #4: Field about 50 m from the point #5: GPS working well under cover #6: GoogleEarth perspective view with track log

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  36°N 121°W (visit #5)  

#1: NW view

(visited by Terje Mathisen)

18-Apr-2006 -- The frustration caused by the unsuccessful visit to 36°N 120°W was soon forgotten during the glorious drive across the hills: Due to the recent heavy rains in California, all the hillsides were gloriously green, instead of the normal burnt brown.

I made one big mistake however: When I got to San Ardo I found the Lockwood San Ardo road and followed it to the turn that's closest to the confluence, instead of either carefully reading the previous visitors' narratives or at least take a look with GoogleEarth.

Both of these alternatives would have shown me the beutiful trail along the ridge west of the confluence, instead I made several attempts to find a way through the mesquite brush directly down into the nearest valley. On my third attempt I just fought through, and finally managed to drop down into the much nicer valley bottom. From there I just ran along the paths made by grazing cattle until I got to the open grassland near the confluence.

The one good thing about arriving from this side was that I had good GPS coverage nearly all the way to the point, and with the new SirfSTAR III chipset in the 76CSx I didn't get a single dropout, maintaining lock with 9 satellites underneath the dense brushcover at the confluence point.

On the way back to my rental car I tried to find a shorter route, directly to the spot where I first parked and tried to find a path down. This worked out pretty well, except for the last 20-30 m, where I finally had to crawl on my belly to find a way out of the prickly bushes.

Total time for the 6-km trip was 1 hour 4 minutes, during the last part of the very steep final ascent I was totally wasted, even though I drank a lot of Gatorade before starting. Using the ridge path would have been a lot better!


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#1: NW view
#2: S view
#3: Beautiful path along the valley bottom
#4: Field about 50 m from the point
#5: GPS working well under cover
#6: GoogleEarth perspective view with track log
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