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4.2 km (2.6 miles) NNW of Lilla Flittered, Jönköping, Sweden
Approx. altitude: 264 m (866 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 58°S 166°W

Accuracy: 20 m (65 ft)
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#2: South East view #3: South West view #4: GPS position

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  58°N 14°E (visit #1) (secondary) 

#1: View to the north from N58 E 14

(visited by Niklas Ingvar-Nilsson)

08-Oct-2001 -- Surfing from www.utsidan.se I read about the confluence degree. I saw that one confluence degree was only about 30 km from home and it was not described yet. So I decided to be the first one to visit it. I took the green map Ulricehamn 7D NO (scale 1:50 000) over the area and I located the spot to be slightly south from the Hökensås motor arena and just west from the road.

Two days later, I decided to go there. I drove there by car and parked at a suitable forest road nearby. I switched on the GPS and should just change map datum from the Swedish grid RT 90 to WGS 84 before I could go to the point.

Well, I tried to change that stupid map datum for about 30 minutes, but I just could not figure out how to do it! So I finely gave up and went home pretty furious. I was not the best driver on the road...When I come home I quickly found the manual and changed the coordinate system from RT 90 to WGS 84. Then I placed the manual in the car...

To days later I decided to do a new attempt to find the magic spot, but now with the correct map datum (WGS 84) in my GPS. So I went up to the same forest road and parked the car. I took a waypoint at my car and I followed the forest road a couple of hundred meters, before I turned right. After some 500 meters walking through a clear cutting, the figures suddenly shifted on the GPS. I was not prepared that the minutes and seconds would shift after 59 instead of after 99, so it took me a few seconds to really understand that I was very close the spot.

I was in the border between the old stand and the clear cutting. I could not get the GPS to truly stabilize, but I tried for a few minutes. Then I took the camera and took some quick photos before the figures on the display started to move.

I also took photos at north, south east and south west.

I had finally made it and I loved walking back to the car again, led by the GPS. I changed the map grid from WGS 84 back to RT 90 again. On the way home, I had a lovely Sunday dinner at the restaurant of Hökensås Semesterby.


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#1: View to the north from N58 E 14
#2: South East view
#3: South West view
#4: GPS position
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