12-Jul-2001 -- Ingrid and I were in Central Nevada backpacking with Desert Survivors in three different mountain ranges; Morey Peak in the Hot Creek Range, Timber Mountain in the Seaman Range, and Blue Eagle in the Grant Range. We were surveying for bristlecone pines and other species of conifers to extend the coverage in David Charlet’s “Atlas of Nevada Conifers.” I came across the Confluence Project website last Spring so before this trip we looked up unvisited sites. 39 N 115 W is in the northern White River Valley; classic Nevada sagebrush country with the limestone South Egan Range a terrific backdrop.
After re-supplying at the store in the small town of Lund we worked our way north on ranch roads which gradually deteriorated. As we left the farmed areas an antelope had to make three tries at a rangefence before he scooted under it to get out of our way. High clearance is a must here. The last 3/4 mile we walked after a fenceline blocked our vehicle. On our way several curlews or whimbrels started out of the sagebrush and circled above us as we marched along. The confluence is on public land but clearly grazed fairly extensively as are most of the open areas in Nevada.
We marked the site with an old metal fencepost, some decorative rocks and a cow pie. About a hundred yards east there was a wooden lath stake near a small pink plastic marker, but nothing identifying a previous confluence project visitor.