13-Jan-2001 -- My first confluence.
In a map I have seen, that there is a road passing
by the confluence in a distance of about 200m, so I thought
that it would be an fairly easy one. The confluence is about
3.5 km ESE of Hirschegg, a small village in the province of
After a 45 minutes drive from home (which is in Graz, Austria)
I parked my car about 600m away from the confluence. As
always wenn I go hiking, I tried to stay away from traffic
as much as possible, so I went directly into the forest
and did not follow the road. The confluence is on the side
of a hill, and it is quite a steep hill, as I discovered...
The climb was a little bit tricky, as there was snow, not
much but enough to slip more than once. But generally I
got ahead quite well. As I went up the hill
I came across two smaller paths. I followed the second one
until the GPS readout told me that I had to turn left
and the confluence was only 50 meters to my left up the hill
I went up and got quite quickly very close to the confluence,
but while triyng to get a photo of the GPS displaying the exact
coordinates of the confluence I was going in circles for quite a
while. Unfortunately that photo turned out to be blurred (although
I made two of them) so my can only "prove" that I was at
N46°59'59.9" and E14°59'59.8". The altitude was 916 meters
But I marked the very spot with a little stick that I have put
into the snow (picture #2). A very dense spruce tree
nothing special to see there. Picture #4 shows the
view to the
north (down the hill) picture #1 shows the view to
(up the hill).
On my way back to my I followed the path that has led me so close to
the confluence and came across two trees, which did not seem to be
strong enough to carry earlier snowfalls.