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4.2 km (2.6 miles) WSW of Doppleschwand, Luzern, Switzerland
Approx. altitude: 942 m (3090 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 47°S 172°W

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#2: surroundings of the confluence (looking west) #3: from the confluence looking south #4: from the confluence looking east #5: looking over the confluence into the gorge

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  47°N 8°E (visit #1)  

#1: The "spot"

(visited by Markus Haeberli and Uwe Bertele)

18-Nov-2000 -- On a frosty Saturday afternoon we set out to this confluence in Switzerland, which can be reached by an easy walk. (at least that's what we thought, before we got there) Since we had no operating GPS receiver at our hand, we had to rely on a map from the Swiss Federal Office of Topography (Schuepfheim, No 1169, 1:25000). Lucky enough nearby the confluence a lot of distinct landmarks could be identified which made it possible to get into the required range of 100m. We used the online program supplied by the Office of Topography to transform the WGS84 coordinate into the Swiss Grid CH1903. A point on a Swiss map can be referenced to this system with a precision of a few meters. At first we were confused by the fact that the 8E 47N confluence which is also printed on the map did not agree with our calculations. Mr. U. Marti from the Office of Topography explained us the reason for this discrepancy: the grid printed on the border on a Swiss map does not agree with WGS84 system and the online program gives the correct answer related to the CH1903 system.

To get into walking distance of the confluence we had to use Uwe's off-road limousine. Rumors has it that the ride in the car was the main reason to undertake this adventure, at least for one of the participants. For the others it was a beautiful journey into the alpine uplands of central Switzerland. The confluence is located on the very steep slope of the Goldbach river gorge. To get as close as possible to the confluence we used the corner of the forest (photo #6) as our local reference point. This points by itself was already in the 100m range of the confluence as our map showed. From there we counted our steps to the confluence and declared solemnly a tree as the confluence 47N/8E. In doing so we had to be extremely careful not stumble on this steep slope and to fall down into the gorge. The first snow in this winter added another difficulty to get to the point. It's questionable if a GPS receiver would have been of any help in this area. The actual point is located in a thick forest, which made it difficult to get some decent photo shots. We tried our best.


 All pictures
#1: The "spot"
#2: surroundings of the confluence (looking west)
#3: from the confluence looking south
#4: from the confluence looking east
#5: looking over the confluence into the gorge
#6: corner of the forest
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)
  Pending visits
Submitted  Visit date  Name  Success?  Status? 
16-Nov-14  23-Aug-14  Richard Ohnesorge  yes  pending