the Degree Confluence Project

United States : California

2.2 miles (3.5 km) SE of Hot Springs, Plumas, CA, USA
Approx. altitude: 1190 m (3904 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 40°S 59°E

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#2: Looking south #3: Looking east #4: Looking west #5: Black oak leaf

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  40°N 121°W (visit #1)  

#1: Looking north

(visited by Bill McJunkin and Avin Hill)

10-Nov-2000 -- The drive up the Feather River canyon on Highway 70 is out of this world. We used this route to approach our destination, 40Nx121W. Northern California is blessed with miles of beautiful scenery and Highway 70 through the Feather River Canyon is certainly no exception. Millions of dollars worth of gold were mined here during the gold rush. Miners still dredge the river with SCUBA rigs to recover some of the finest coarse gold in North America. . We turned off at Butterfly Creek and climbed old narrow gauge railroad right of ways to a point where Rubble Gulch crosses Blackhawk Creek Road. Here we parked the Suzuki and gathered up out gear for the trek up the hill. Somewhere 900 feet up the gulch and slightly to the left was our goal.

The first snow of the season was still clinging to the trees, refusing to fall until you came near, then it soaked you to the skin. A two hundred foot vertical rise was included in our jaunt and Rubble Gulch is well named. We climbed the gulch because of the heavy second-growth of evergreen that had sprung up after a fire and deep, and the slippery pine needles that covered the steep hillside. Bear signs reminded us that we were only visitors in the woods. The gully carried us a little to the north of our line but was well worth the extra hike.. We climbed out of the wash and up the pine needle covered hillside eager for our first convergence location. Clouds were beginning to darken the sky and a very light snow began to fall.

Once we got within a few yards of the magic spot we began to have minor problems with our GPS receivers. The very heavy growth of snow covered timber seemed to make getting good readings more difficult. We finally got what we came for... All zeros! There was only one little glitch. We had been expecting our receivers to locate the same spot. I believe that the newer Garmin resolves locations a bit more precisely.... in fact one more decimal place. We ended up getting our zeros about twenty five feet apart. Reasonable error for two old guys wandering around on top of a mountain in the beginnings of a snowstorm. We are hooked! I wish I had been aware of the project sooner as I spent two months in S. E. Asia and could have added some "rare ones" to the list. Avin navigates on a regular basis with his Garmin II+ as he rides a Yamaha Warrior ATV in the deserts of Nevada and The Sierra Nevada Mountains.

The hike downhill did not require the rest stops what with the gravity assist and heavier weather threatening. When we got safely back to the Suzuki hot coffee, venison salami with crackers and jerky made a good compliment to the day.

Next time we will make up a cache to take with us. Great sport!

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#1: Looking north
#2: Looking south
#3: Looking east
#4: Looking west
#5: Black oak leaf
#6: Avin Searches For Signs of 40x121
#7: All Zeros and Reflections…
#8: Highway 70
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