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Sweden

9.7 km (6.0 miles) NE of Porjus, Norrbotten, Sweden
Approx. altitude: 418 m (1371 ft)
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Antipode: 67°S 160°W

Accuracy: 6 m (19 ft)
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#2: View North #3: View South #4: View East #5: View West #6: GPS registration #7: A bear was here (?) #8: Bear droppings(?) #9: A "pregnant" pine #10: Crossing a "dry" stream #11: Twisted remains of a pine

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  67°N 20°E (visit #2)  

#1: Confluence point

(visited by John Dag Hutchison)

20-Aug-2008 -- I stayed overnight in Gallivarre, an old mining town with a mining museum and excursions which bring you about one thousand meters below the surface. I had planned to visit the mine, but as school holiday was over so were the excursions. Anyway, the area is great for hiking with lots of well marked tracks and trails.

My next cp was about 50 km WSW of the town. I didn't find the footpath the previous visitor referred to and parked near the E45, about 2.5 km from the cp. The weather was miserable, low clouds, misty and rainy. The terrain turned out to be quite soggy, the mountain boots were wet after a few hundred meters walking. About 2.1 km from the cp I passed under some heavy power lines, about 1 km from the cp I crossed a path with red marks on the trees and 370 meters from the cp a trail with white marked trees.

The last visitor heard and saw several birds. I stopped and listened several times, but the forest was absolutely quiet. I could not stop for too long as the mosquitoes quickly assembled for a meal around my hands and head and the only sound I could then hear was their buzzing.

However, I came across a dead pine which had been scratched by something. I thought it could have been an elk or a reindeer rubbing their horns against the tree trunk, but a hunter I later consulted in Storuman said it might have been a bear looking for worms. Bears are common in the area.

The route I chose was not the easiest one. The trip took me about two hours as the terrain was quite rough.


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#1: Confluence point
#2: View North
#3: View South
#4: View East
#5: View West
#6: GPS registration
#7: A bear was here (?)
#8: Bear droppings(?)
#9: A "pregnant" pine
#10: Crossing a "dry" stream
#11: Twisted remains of a pine
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  Notes
In the Muddus National Park.