the Degree Confluence Project


5.9 km (3.7 miles) WSW of Kampong Perta, Sembilan, Malaysia
Approx. altitude: 589 m (1932 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 3°S 78°W

Accuracy: 2.8 km (1.7 mi)
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#2: GPS reading showing our location at 2.8 km away #3: In the general area leading to the point

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#1: Dense jungle and as close as we came

(visited by Bil Brierley and Greg Huff)

05-May-2002 -- We landed in Kuala Lumpur at about 17:00 hours after spending a week on Borneo. I was determined to try and log this confluence point since it was so close to KL. We attempted to hire a taxi to take us out to the general area and was unable to do so. It is impossible to hire a cab without having a destination in mind and just the fact that we were trying to get to a confluence point did not cut it with any of the taxi drivers. We resorted to hiring a private limo. A very cooperative driver, who's name escapes me, did everything he could to get us to an unknown place in the middle of the Malay jungle.

We traveled for about 2 hours outside of KL, consistently checking the gps for our coordinates and trying to determine just where we needed to be to get close to this point.

Our driver was exceptional. He had no problem in taking his Mercedes off road, driving on dirt roads, over deep ravines, and through the bush.

It was now about 19:00 hours and farkness was quickly falling on us. We had managed to get as far into the bush as possible with the remaining daylight. The closest we came was 03.01.193N X 102.00.925E about 2.8km away.

Both Greg and I were going to jump out of the car. We opened the door to get out and we were swarmed by the most ferocious flying inserts ever seen by either of us.

Hundreds of flying insects swarmed the inside of the car. Did they sting? Were they poisonous? And how were we going to get them out of there?

Our real panic came when we noticed that our driver was panicing and trying to get the bugs out of his car. Looking back it was somewhat comical, but terribly traumatic at the same time.

Darkness quickly fell and we were literally stuck in the middle of no where. I was able to get a couple of photos of the general area, and one of my GPSr with our location.

Hope this counts!

Bil & Greg

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#1: Dense jungle and as close as we came
#2: GPS reading showing our location at 2.8 km away
#3: In the general area leading to the point
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