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United States : Arizona

24.1 miles (38.8 km) NNE of Wellton, Yuma, AZ, USA
Approx. altitude: 482 m (1581 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 33°S 66°E

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#2: Heading into the desert - The adventure begins #3: Low sunshine? clouds in the desert #4: View to the north from the confluence #5: The valley from whence I came.  Southeast view from the confluence #6: GPS - 65 feet to go.  Couldn't get closer

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  33°N 114°W (visit #2)  

#1: Hiking in.  Watching the rain from inside a small lava cave

(visited by D. Wade)

28-Feb-2001 -- This confluence is located within the boundry of KOFA Wildlife Refuge. KOFA refuge itself is almost entirely surrounded by the Army's Yuma Proving Ground. A check of the topo maps showed a road (4 wheel) which would run approximately 1 1/2 miles from the confluence. Unfortunately the Army would not grant permission to cross the Proving Ground citing liability issues. I was able to drive within KOFA to within approximately 5 miles of the confluence and from there it was cross country to the confluence. A backpacking adventure in the making. 30 minutes from my truck the rain began and did not end until 3:30 pm on the evening of 27-Feb. Rain stopped long enough to set up camp so as to assault the confluence in the morning. All fine until 8:00 pm when the hail storm of approximately 5 minutes made a wet mess of both me and my camp. Spent a very wet night in my sleeping bag. Took off the morning of the 28th for the confluence. I was camped approximately 7/10 of a mile from the confluence and was at the confluence within one hour. The confluence itself is on a narrow ledge which required some hand over hand scrambling to reach.

As you can see from the GPS picture I was only able to get within 67 feet when I ran into a steep wall and was unable to go further. Backpacked out that same day with wet boots which slowed my progress some but arrived back in one piece. Actually had a good time on this little adventure. I had not backpacked in a long time and thoroughly enjoyed my trip. The Public Information Officer from the Proving Ground knew what he was talking about as artillery shells landed all during the day about three miles from my camp. Sometimes you just have to earn your confluences.


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#1: Hiking in. Watching the rain from inside a small lava cave
#2: Heading into the desert - The adventure begins
#3: Low sunshine? clouds in the desert
#4: View to the north from the confluence
#5: The valley from whence I came. Southeast view from the confluence
#6: GPS - 65 feet to go. Couldn't get closer
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