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France : Rhône-Alpes

near Sallenôves, Haute-Savoie, Rhône-Alpes, France
Approx. altitude: 464 m (1522 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 46°S 174°W

Accuracy: 6 m (19 ft)
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#2: GPS Reading #3: Ground Zero #4: The Confluence Hunter #5: The Crossroads - Confluence from 100 m distance #6: Parking in 52 m distance #7: View to the South #8: View to the West #9: View to the North #10: View to the East

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  46°N 6°E (visit #8)  

#1: The Confluence

(visited by Rainer Mautz)

09-Oct-2010 -- This report is the first out of a series of four confluences that I visited during an October weekend on a tour from Zurich (Switzerland) to Rhône-Alpes in France and Piermonte in Italy.

I started the tour spontaneously on Friday evening after dinner at 8:30 p.m. from my home in Zurich. I simply entered the coordinates 46°N 6°E as my destination, and the instrument guided me from Zurich directly to a parking lot near the confluence point. Since it was almost midnight when I reached my destination, I spent the night in the car.

When I woke up in the morning I noticed to my surprise that the beeline distance was only 52 m between my current position and the confluence. I waited until the daylight was bright enough for taking sharp pictures and walked over to the meadow where the confluence is located. However, it turned out that I was still too early – due to exposure times of 1/6 seconds. So I walked around a bit and 10 minutes later I started over again with taking pictures – this time with better results. The meadow is about 100 m by 100 m in size with oak alleys at two sides. The confluence is in a corner, about 10 m into the meadow. There is a crossroad about 100 m from the confluence. One of the roads leads to Annecy.

I left the confluence via the small road that follows a twisty path down to the Usses River.

CP visit details:

  • Beeline distance from car parking: 52 m
  • Walking time (incl. return): 0.5 min
  • Time at the CP: 7:53 am
  • Measured height: 473 m
  • Position accuracy at the CP: 6 m
  • Minimal distance to the CP: 0 m
  • Vegetation: Short grass, clover, oak trees.
  • Distance to a road: 20 m
  • Distance to a track: 20 m
  • Distance to houses: 70 m
  • Topography: on a slight slope, generally a hilly area.
  • Weather: overcast, 14° C (felt temperature)
  • Description of the CP: In the Département Haute-Savoie, belonging to the Region Rhône-Alpes in eastern France. Just 15 km to the Swiss border. Exact location of a meadow.
  • Given Name: The Waiting Brightness Confluence

Story continues at 45°N 6°E.


 All pictures
#1: The Confluence
#2: GPS Reading
#3: Ground Zero
#4: The Confluence Hunter
#5: The Crossroads - Confluence from 100 m distance
#6: Parking in 52 m distance
#7: View to the South
#8: View to the West
#9: View to the North
#10: View to the East
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