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United States : Colorado

5.3 miles (8.5 km) WSW of Meeker, Rio Blanco, CO, USA
Approx. altitude: 1919 m (6295 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 40°S 72°E

Accuracy: 2 m (6 ft)
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#2: View to north #3: View to east #4: View to south #5: GPS position #6: Ground cover at confluence

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  40°N 108°W (visit #5)  

#1: View to west

(visited by Shawn Fleming)

30-Jun-2013 -- This would be the third in a westward line of confluences along 40N. We were coming from 40N 107W and just west of the town of Meeker, we turned south onto County Road 13 then west on County Road 33, and then south again on County Road 67. We passed by a large electrical substation and took the right fork of the road as it went under the powerlines. There was a locked gate just before the fork at County Road 123 with a No Trespassing sign, so we turned around and I parked abeam the confluence at 40N.

I descended into a ravine and crossed on a berm that was well used by cattle. I passed 200+ meters south of the structures and continued west across scrub covered pasture towards the confluence. I crossed a barbed wire fence and two small drainages perpendicularly before easily reaching and then zeroing out this confluence.

At the confluence, the structures to the east were just barely visible due to the slope of the terrain but the substation was prominent as were the hills to the west with towers on them. Two sets of powerlines were visible in the view to the north.

I sent a Spot message announcing my successful visit for everybody that was monitoring our progress. I had left my Trimble in the vehicle so no differential correction on this one in the middle of a relatively flat field.

My round trip hike took 42 minutes for 3 km and our total time off Highway 64 was almost exactly 1 hour.

Onward to 40N 109W!


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#1: View to west
#2: View to north
#3: View to east
#4: View to south
#5: GPS position
#6: Ground cover at confluence
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