the Degree Confluence Project

Canada : Alberta

10.5 km (6.5 miles) SE of Vauxhall, AB, Canada
Approx. altitude: 786 m (2578 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreeMap topo topo250 ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 50°S 68°E

Quality: good

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#2: The all important proof of achievement #3: View lookin east #4: Looking south.  Zoomed in on the only thing to see. #5: View looking west

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  50°N 112°W (visit #1)  

#1: View looking north

(visited by Rick Friesen and Melissa Friesen)

11-Nov-2000 -- Found the confluence project site on 10-Nov-2000 and it sparked my interest. checked to see if any were close to where I live and sure enough there was an official site just outta town. I reasearched the point a bit and decided it should be easy enough to get to.

So the morning of the 11th checked all my batteries loaded up with cell phone, digital camera, and the trusty GPS of course. Talk about a day to go out, -18C and a wind to boot. My daughter and I headed out to the spot just southwest of town drove down Hwy 36 to secondary 875. The E-map was picking up 6 to 8 satellites the whole way. turned north onto a gravel road that the map said should lead close to the confluence. Turned out that it did, put me about 300 m west of the point. drove a little further trying to decide if I wanted to walk the 300 meters to the site. Hey it was COLD!.

About 50 meters north and I came upon a man gate in the barbed wire fence that was surrounding the prairie, owned by the Vauxhall Grazing Association. Used for grazing cattle in the summer, now empty for the winter. Warmth won I let myself into the pasture, drove my pickup right to the site. The GPS, being set to "goto," jumped around a bit, the arrow flipped up and down. I changed screens on the E-map to show location, I was very close. I crawled out of the truck, walked a couple of meters and bang the GPS locked on and flipped all the correct zero's. I set the GPS directly down on the snow covered ground, and started to take the pic's. The GPS never even jumped off the site, stayed locked until I picked it up and jumped back in the truck.

Being fairly new to this Gps stuff I drove back to town feeling completely satisfied with my first documented confluence. And thrilled at the accuracy of these devices. I may tackle another soon seeing as the 'ol map says theres one 80 KMS east and another 135 KMs west of here. Anyway this is what you'll see at 50N 112W great site keep it up thanks for the trip I would have never took had it not been for this site.

-- Rick

 All pictures
#1: View looking north
#2: The all important proof of achievement
#3: View lookin east
#4: Looking south. Zoomed in on the only thing to see.
#5: View looking west
#6: Vehicle of choice to go confluence hunting on the con line
ALL: All pictures on one page