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United Kingdom : Scotland

2.1 km (1.3 miles) NNE of Clachaig, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, UK
Approx. altitude: 113 m (370 ft)
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Antipode: 56°S 175°E

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
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#2: View North #3: View East #4: View South #5: View West #6: All the Zeros #7: A lot more water than on previous visits #8: I want one of these #9: My home for the night

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  56°N 5°W (visit #7) (secondary) 

#1: The Confluence

(visited by David Williams)

31-Mar-2011 -- A pleasant afternoon stroll.

I had planned my route along forest tracks all the way to within 120m of the confluence. Everything was going as planned until I heard a series of rifle shots from up ahead - now this is certainly not any sort of hunting season - but I have been caught out before. Flagging down a passing car revealed that it was just "target practice in the back yard" - phew!

The next obstacle was some "keep out!forestry operations in progress" signs across the path - and unusually operations were very much in progress - very big and noisy machines indeed. I hovered about until I caught the gaze of the operators - and got the wave through. Fifteen minutes later and I was above the confluence preparing to dive off into the dense and steep forest. I can only guess that these some of these trees are naturally seeded - in 30 years of orienteering I have never seen trees planted as close - certainly some heavy thinning will be needed in the next few years if a commercial crop is to be had. The drop to the confluence was 50m in 120 horizontal - steep enough for me. Getting all the zeros took a while - due to the canopy and alpine nature of the terrain - eventually the zero point wandered out into a nice little clearing - from where all the photos were taken.

Although the crawl back up to slope was a bit of a challenge - that is all part of confluence hunting - and brought with it a sense of achievement!

I seems I only missed Mr Coombs' visit by a couple of days - one day it would be nice to bump into another confluence hunter mid expedition.


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#1: The Confluence
#2: View North
#3: View East
#4: View South
#5: View West
#6: All the Zeros
#7: A lot more water than on previous visits
#8: I want one of these
#9: My home for the night
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