17-Jul-2016 -- This is the 8th out of 11 reports on confluence visits in Canada’s Yukon Territory and Alaska. The story starts from 61°N 137°W and continues from 66°N 150°W.
I got up at 4:16 AM and departed at 4:30 AM from our campground in Fairbanks. The early departure had the advantage that I would be back before the forecasted rain would set in around 8 AM (which did actually happen). At those early hours the roads were empty such that I reached my planned parking spot at a distance of 1290 m after driving 50 km within 45 minutes.
I was able to follow a forest track up to a distance of 800 m. I continued through a spruce forest down into a valley. While descending, I had a great view into the landscape and the valley of the confluence point.
During my hike, I noticed a bearing tree sign nailed on a tree. It had been posted on 20 January 1983 to mark a property corner which is in a certain distance and bearing from that tree. I was wandering, why this tree was so small since it must already have been growing here 33 years ago. But trees near the arctic grow slow. I guess that those days when GPS was not available such signs were of great help to locate property boundaries. I however was more interested in visiting the confluence point which I would not mark with a sign, but electronically in my GPS device.
After I had descended around 200 m, I found the confluence point in a creek at the bottom of a valley. In contrast to the whole hike through spruce forest, the confluence itself was overgrown with various shrubs.
The way back was much harder as I had to ascend those 200 m again. Being back to the campground at 7:30 AM, Elionora was still asleep. I thought about making coffee and breakfast, but as soon as the rain set in, I changed my mind: I went back into our tent and slept for another 2 hours.
CP Visit Details:
- Distance to a road: 1290 m
- Distance to a track: 800 m
- Distance of car parking: 1290 m
- Time to reach the confluence from car parking: 35 minutes
- Time at the confluence: 6:00 AM
- Measured height: 323 m
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 1 m
- Position accuracy: 4 m
- Topography: hilly, CP in a valley
- Vegetation: horsetails, moss, bushes, shrubs, birch trees, thin spruce
- Weather: overcast, 22° C (felt temperature)
- Given Name: The Bearing Tree Confluence
The story continues at 64°N 145°W.