the Degree Confluence Project


near Gortipohl, Vorarlberg, Austria
Approx. altitude: 1097 m (3599 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreetMap ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 47°S 170°W

Accuracy: 9 m (29 ft)
Quality: good

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#2: GPS Reading #3: Confluence Hunter #4: Panorama West #5: Panorama East #6: View to the South #7: View to the West #8: View to the North #9: View to the East #10: Village Gortipohl

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  47°N 10°E (visit #7)  

#1: The Confluence as seen from 80m distance

(visited by Rainer Mautz)

23-Feb-2008 -- This trip started in Zurich, Switzerland, about 180 km from the confluence point. I used a car for transportation – which is quite unusual for me. But hiking or biking was not an option considering distance and season.

On confluence day, the alarm clock was set to 4 o’clock. Nevertheless I slept until 5:15 a.m. and started 15 minutes later. After a one and a half hour’s drive I reached the town Bludenz, where I left the motorway and turned into the famous “Montafon”, a beautiful Tyrolean mountain valley. St. Gallenkirch is a small town in the upper valley about 2 km beeline from the confluence. Here I parked the car at the main ski-lift station (7:42 am).

Since I had not read the previous visitors’ reports, I had to find my own way. With 1.7 km beeline distance on the GPS display, I headed towards the mountain on foot. Several times I had to cross the ski piste, until I came though dense forests without a layer of snow on the ground. My trail ended soon, but I continued my hike on small paths that normally deer use. The terrain is quite steep and progress accordingly slow. It took me an hour to reach the confluence – but I had walked far too high, up to 1300m altitude. Climbing down was no problem, so I reached the confluence without any problems.

The clearing, where the confluence is located had a high snow cover. I located the confluence just at the corner of a wooden hut. Considering that I had not seen any house since I had left St. Gallenkirch this is quite a coincidence.

I left the confluence at a by far easier route that took me to the village Gortipohl. Just 20 minutes later I was back at my car in St. Gallenkirch.

CP visit details:

  • Time at the CP: 9:01 am
  • time: 1 hour 40 min (from the ski-lift station)
  • hiking distance: 1.7 km (beeline)
  • Distance to a road: 300 m (there is a better approach than mine possible)
  • Distance to a track: 20 m
  • Distance to houses: 0 m
  • Topography: steep grades in general, at the clearing it flattens out.
  • Minimal distance according to GPS: 1 m
  • Position accuracy at the CP: 9 m
  • GPS height: 1107 m
  • Vegetation: spruce forest. The vegetation of the glade was not identifiable due to the layer of snow.
  • Weather: overcast, high fog, 12° C (felt temperature)
  • Description of the CP: In the westernmost parts of Austria near the Swiss border. Half way up between the valley grounds of the Montafon.
  • Given Name: The Deer Trail Confluence

Story continues at 47°N 11°E.

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#1: The Confluence as seen from 80m distance
#2: GPS Reading
#3: Confluence Hunter
#4: Panorama West
#5: Panorama East
#6: View to the South
#7: View to the West
#8: View to the North
#9: View to the East
#10: Village Gortipohl
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