10-Jul-2017 -- On 9 July 2017, the scouting team made up of Hamza, Sa`ad, Nasrullāh and Jim arrived at the hotel in Sakākā and, following a late dinner, made plans for the scout the next day.
Leaving the hotel at 5:00 am the following morning the group in 2 trucks made their way back towards `Ar`ar, turning East after the town of Zalūm onto a newly graded gatch road, heading East towards the confluence point. 26 km later the gatch road stopped being newly graded and reverted back to the very old and washed rig road, a testament to the rains in this region of Saudi. The “road” ended 25 km further along at a series of unused constructed well pads and the group struck out from here, still 32 km from the confluence point. Initial going was good on flat gravel plains using old Bedouin tracks that wound their way across the barren landscape.
The flat gravel plains eventually gave way to more rocky outcrop type desert with fewer tracks, although some of these were clearly still well used. Progress became slower due to the terrain as the group neared the point, rocky and sand covered ground causing several course changes until the group arrived at the site.
After recording the point with photos we had a bite to eat and then set about retracing our tracks back to the rough graded road and ultimately a hot meal and shower at the end of the day.
Coordinator's Note: The DCP prefers that the photos of the Confluence are not annotated, see our Photo Requirements.