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United States : Wyoming

0.7 miles (1.1 km) SW of Silver Gate (MT), Park, WY, USA
Approx. altitude: 2260 m (7414 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 45°S 70°E

Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: I had to cross this creek without getting wet #3: Facing north you see what I had to come through #4: Facing south, up the mountain #5: Facing west into the setting sun

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  45°N 110°W (visit #1)  

#1: Facing east, the setting sun on the mountainside

(visited by Josh Higham)

06-Oct-2000 -- I found out about this project while planning a trip back to my home town to see some friends, so I scoped out possible confluences. This is the only one that I could make it to, and it took me many more months to get the film developed, hence the delay. The date is the 6th of October, the camera is old enough that its date has wrapped.

The road is very close to the confluence, so I drove slowly while checking the GPS, and pulled over when I was at the closest point. I knew that I had to cross a creek, but was hoping that it'd be pretty small. The temperature was around 35-45 degrees Farenheit (and 10,000ft elevation) so I didn't want to try it barefoot. I did manage to find a way across (scared to death that I'd drop the GPS and/or the camera).

On the other side is some old burn, probably from the fires of 1988, which made for a lot of obstruction and a lot of work, but I made it. On the way back I found some game trails that would've been easy to use.

I'm not in great shape, so the hike up had me huffing a bit. This was made worse by the fact that I didn't want to run into any game (bears aren't too likely, but are a possibility) so I had to keep making a bunch of noise. Nothing like talking to yourself for 30 minutes or so.

I am fairly sure that I have the order right for the pictures (which one faces which direction), but it has been long enough that I won't swear by it.


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#1: Facing east, the setting sun on the mountainside
#2: I had to cross this creek without getting wet
#3: Facing north you see what I had to come through
#4: Facing south, up the mountain
#5: Facing west into the setting sun
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