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United States : Colorado

0.3 miles (0.6 km) NNE of Sawpit, San Miguel, CO, USA
Approx. altitude: 2526 m (8287 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 38°S 72°E

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

#2: View North (up the scree slope) #3: View East #4: View South (towards Sawpit, which is obscured by trees here) #5: View West #6: All zeros! #7: Looking down on the small town of Sawpit, from about 100 meters below the confluence point

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  38°N 108°W (visit #3)  

#1: The confluence point lies on the edge of a scree slope, on a steep hillside

(visited by Ross Finlayson)

05-May-2009 -- Phew!

I had been curious about why this confluence point - even though located next to a paved highway and the (albeit small) town of Sawpit - had been visited only twice, and never with "all zeros". I soon found out the reason: The confluence point is located on the side of a steep, rocky hill at more than 8300 feet elevation - 700 feet above Sawpit. Nearby access roads don't help much. Road 48P - to the East - takes you within 0.25 miles of the confluence point, but there's a deep gully in the way. A road to the west helps a little; by taking it I was able to get within 0.5 miles of the point, but saved only about 100 feet of climbing. I ended up having to hike/scramble about 600 feet along - and then up - a steep, rocky, and at times rather dangerous hillside.

The confluence point is located just on the edge of a scree slope. About 90 meters away (downhill) I saw a rock cairn. I don't know whether or not that was left there to mark the confluence point. According to this project, it would mark a successful visit (barely). However, by climbing a little higher, I was able to get "all zeros".


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#1: The confluence point lies on the edge of a scree slope, on a steep hillside
#2: View North (up the scree slope)
#3: View East
#4: View South (towards Sawpit, which is obscured by trees here)
#5: View West
#6: All zeros!
#7: Looking down on the small town of Sawpit, from about 100 meters below the confluence point
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