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2.6 km (1.6 miles) NNE of Pack, Steiermark, Austria
Approx. altitude: 904 m (2965 ft)
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Antipode: 47°S 165°W

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
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#2: GPS Reading #3: Ground Zero #4: The Confluence Hunters #5: View to the South #6: View to the West #7: View to theNorth #8: View to the East #9: The Stubalp Mountains #10: Reservoir "Packer Stausee" #11: Piled up Logs near the Confluence Point

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  47°N 15°E (visit #7)  

#1: The Confluence

(visited by Rainer Mautz and Elionora)

02-Apr-2011 -- This report is the first out of a series of two confluences that we visited during an extended weekend trip to Graz and Ljubljana.

We reached the confluence point from the City of Graz by a short drive on Motorway A2 towards Klagenfurt, followed by a 10 km stretch on a county road along the reservoir Packer Stausee. Convenient parking was possible at a bridge directly besides the road at a distance of 240 m from the confluence. From the parking site, we reached our goal by a steep climb upwards (70 m in height) through a former forest. An intense lumbering must have taken place, probably in consequence of heavy storms that had destroyed the forest. This event must have had occurred between 2004 and 2007 as can be seen from pictures of former visits to this confluence.

The confluence point itself is right at the edge between the lumbered and the undamaged parts of the spruce forest on a steep slope at the northern face of a mountain. Directly at the integer latitude and longitude intersection, there is a great few in western direction to the Stubalp mountains that were still partly covered with snow. Towards the east, the logs of the forest are piled up.

CP visit details:

  • Beeline distance from parking: 236 m
  • Walking time (one way): 10 min
  • Time at the CP: 10:15 am
  • Measured height: 896 m
  • Position accuracy at the CP: 5 m
  • Minimal distance to the CP: 0 m
  • Vegetation: Spruce trees, ground covered with moss and grass.
  • Distance to a road: 220 m
  • Distance to a track: 40 m
  • Distance to houses: 220 m
  • Topography: slope towards north, generally mountainous area.
  • Weather: sunny, 20° C (felt temperature)
  • Description of the CP: In Eastern Austria in the state of Styria. In a mountain range called Packalpe that has peaks up to 2150 m. The beeline distance to the state capital Graz is 35 km
  • Given Name: The Logged Forest Confluence

Story continues at 46°N 15°E.

This is my 300th confluence visit – or more precisely – my 300th report at confluence.org. It is a good opportunity for a creating a personal statistic. I follow the format used by Wojciech Czombik at 54°N 23°E after completing Poland’s 40 confluence points.

Visits by:

  • Distance from my hometown Wiesbaden, Germany (as the crows fly):
  • Hiking duration to a confluence:
    • Shortest: 1 minute – walk 32°N 36°E (in Jordan’s Capital `Ammān)
    • Longest: 3 days – hike through the tundra 69°N 34°E (in Russia on the Kola Peninsula)
  • Total trip duration:
    • Shortest: 1 hour – round trip to 40°N 83°W from my former home in Columbus, Ohio, USA
    • Longest: 57 days – 29 confluences (from 42°N 26°E in Bulgaria to 40°N 116°E) China’s capital Beijing
  • Temperature:
    • Coldest: 0 ˚C – on April 9, 2010 at 41°N 44°E (near Gyumri in Armenia)
    • Hottest: +36 ˚C – on January 11, 2008 at 2°N 113°E (on Borneo Island, Malaysia)
  • Altitude above sea level (according to my device readings):
    • Lowest: -3 m – 26°N 56°E (Ra’s al-Khayma, in the United Arab Emirates)
    • Highest (incomplete): +4498 m – 31°N 103°E (Sichuan Province in China)
    • Highest (complete): +4002 m – 21°S 68°W (in Bolivia, Potosí)
    • Second highest: +3902 m – 16°S 70°W (in Peru, Puno)
    • European highest: +3170 m – 46°N 7°E (near Martigny, Switzerland)
    • Median altitude: 320 m
  • Distance to the actual confluence point (incl. GPS accuracy):
    • Closest to the confluence point (best accuracy):
      • 1 m – 38°N 4°W (Spain, Andalucía) reason: DGPS, after sunset
      • 1 m – 39°N 2°W (Spain, Castilla-La Mancha) reason: DGPS, at sunset
    • Most distant from the confluence (yet still within the allowed range of 100 m):
      • 94 m – 47°N 5°E (in France, Region Bourgogne) reason: avoided stepping on crops
      • 93 m – 14°N 39°E (Ethiopia, Tigray) reason: arrested by local residents
      • 92 m – 39°S 176°E (New Zealand, North Island) reason: dense vegetation
    • Most distant from the confluence (including incomplete visits):
      • 30 km – 12°N 1°W (in Burkina Faso near Ouagadogou) reason: price of rental car
      • 26 km – 15°N 44°E (in Yemen near Ṣan`ā') reason: threatened and blackmailed
      • 22 km – 33°N 105°E (in China’s province Gansu) reason: road conditions after heavy rain
    • Median of accuracy (second quartile, complete visits): 6 m
    • Median of accuracy (second quartile, incomplete visits): 2.4 km
  • Companionship to the Confluence Point:
  • Main means of transportation:
    • bicycle: 98
    • hiking: 62
    • own car: 60
    • rental car: 45
    • bus: 11
    • motor ship: 9
    • taxi: 8
    • motor-bike: 2
    • swimming: 1
    • canoe: 1
    • helicopter: 1
    • cruise liner: 1
  • Visit number to confluence point:
    • #1: 105
    • #2: 65
    • #3: 42
    • #4: 30
    • #5: 15
    • #6: 12
    • #7: 12
    • #8: 3
    • #9: 2
    • >9: 14
    • max: 20
  • Years:
    • 2003: 10
    • 2004: 42
    • 2005: 30
    • 2006: 49
    • 2007: 20
    • 2008: 67
    • 2009: 41
    • 2010: 38
    • 2011: 3
  • Months:
    • January: 22
    • February: 6
    • March: 23
    • April: 32
    • May: 36
    • June: 11
    • July: 36
    • August: 29
    • September:47
    • October: 36
    • November: 10
    • December: 12
  • Countries:
    • China: 55
    • UK: 22
    • Germany: 22
    • France: 18
    • Spain: 15
    • New Zealand: 9
    • Italy: 9
    • Iran: 8
    • India: 7
    • Morocco: 6
    • Switzerland: 6
    • Czech Rep.: 6
    • Poland: 5
    • 4 visits: 9
    • 3 visits: 12
    • 2 visits: 8
    • one visit: 33
  • Number of different countries: 74
  • Complete visits: 265
  • Incomplete visits: 35
  • Primary DCP visits: 269
  • Secondary DCP visits: 27
  • Special visits: 4
  • Unique visits: 296
  • Revisits: 4
  • Maximum number of visits in one day:
    • On May 05, 2005: 10
    • On April 28, 2006: 5
    • On April 29, 2006: 5
    • On May 1, 2008: 5
  • Antipodean visits:
  • Extreme latitudes and longitudes:
  • Most visits of a latitude: 32 at 50°N
  • Most visits of a longitude: 9 at 8°E
  • Location of the confluence point:
    • forest: 78
    • agriculture: 76
    • open land: 110 (unused meadows, mountains, deserts)
    • urban land: 16 (thereof 6 in a house)
    • ocean: 8
    • lake: 4
    • olive grove: 3
    • river: 3
    • riding ring: 1


 All pictures
#1: The Confluence
#2: GPS Reading
#3: Ground Zero
#4: The Confluence Hunters
#5: View to the South
#6: View to the West
#7: View to theNorth
#8: View to the East
#9: The Stubalp Mountains
#10: Reservoir "Packer Stausee"
#11: Piled up Logs near the Confluence Point
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)