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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: 6 m (19 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View North #3: Confluence Point #4: View East #5: View West #6: GPS registration #7: A lonely budding orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii) in the forest #8: Triumphant ZHANG Shu Dong on his first confluence point #9: That was the elk that was #10: Rainbow near the confluence point #11: A cute little Parnassia palustris #12: Elk meeting dog

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#1: View South

(visited by John Dag Hutchison and Shu Dong Zhang)

15-Jun-2008 -- I had a go for this cp last January, but just a couple of kilometers from the cp the car got stuck in the snow and had to be salvaged by service truck. Frustrating!

But now, on a trip to Kongsvinger with a visiting Chinese family we decided to have a go for N60 E12 on our return to Oslo. We got on to E21 and drove a couple of kilometers southwards to a sign post pointing to Mobekk on the right. Five kilometers on that road we came to a farm road to the right, about four kilomers from the cp. Up that road, we passed a farm with a grand painting on the barn of an elk meeting a dog and stopped at a former farm, now holiday home, at the end of the gravel road. From there the GPS indicated a distance to the cp of about 1.4 kilometers.

The Chinese hesitated: the forest facing us was so dense and dark. What about dangerous animals like bears, wolves, elks and snakes? A little bit of persuasion and we were on our way. But the speed was extremely low, and halfway, just when we crossed a gravelled road not on the map, the wife and daughter and an Italian friend of hers decided to wait there while I and the husband went for the cp.

It had rained a bit earlier in the day and the grass and heather was still wet. On the final stage to the cp it also started drizzling. The two of us just gave up staying dry and quickly headed for the cp. We took the requisite photos and rushed back to the others who had found shelter in a shed/garage near the road. The rain stopped and we waded back through the wet grass and heather.

For people who have grown up in huge cities with no contact with the wild nature this trip was probably what they will remember best from their visit to Norway. They saw foot prints of elks and deer, and droppings from both. Near the cp we scared up a big capercallie which flapped away through the forest. A great thrill!


 All pictures
#1: View South
#2: View North
#3: Confluence Point
#4: View East
#5: View West
#6: GPS registration
#7: A lonely budding orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii) in the forest
#8: Triumphant ZHANG Shu Dong on his first confluence point
#9: That was the elk that was
#10: Rainbow near the confluence point
#11: A cute little Parnassia palustris
#12: Elk meeting dog
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