the Degree Confluence Project

Germany : Bayern

near Scheßlitz-Windischletten, Bayern, Germany
Approx. altitude: 347 m (1138 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreetMap ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 50°S 169°W

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
Quality: good

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#2: The View North #3: The View East #4: The View South #5: The View West #6: The Proof

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  50°N 11°E (visit #10) (secondary) 

#1: 50N 11E

(visited by Matt Webb)

02-Aug-2008 -- I discovered the Degree Confluence Project on 01 August 2008 and was so intrigued by it that after work the next day I immediately set off for the closest point to my home in Bamberg, 50°N 11°E.

I began the trip at my local library where I quickly researched the point's location and printed up some driving directions. I then drove North from Bamberg 13 km along A70, exiting in the town of Scheßlitz (where I subsequently got lost among its many sidestreets). Thankfully, I had my Garmin Rino 120 GPS tracking my movements, and I was able to dead reckon my way out of town and back on course for the point driving another 4 km on country roads to the small village of Windischletten. Once there, I took a small farm gravel access road the last kilometer to a small patch of woods surrounded by farmland, where 50°N 11°E lays. From this access road, the point was an easy walk of 50 m into the cool shade of the trees.

Unfortunately for me, these same trees played havoc with my signal causing my location to constantly jump. As this was my first confluence point hunt ever, I was also not adept at taking pictures of my GPS display, thus I spent a good 45 minutes running back and forth in the woods trying to get a shot of the zeroed out display. It was not until I held the unit high above my head that it got a stable signal which steadied my location and allowed this quick shot, which I raised the contrast on for easier reading.

Overall, this trip was actually quite fun giving me an excuse to visit the delightful Franconian countryside as well as some of its quaint towns. I look forward to finding more confluence points in the future.

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#1: 50N 11E
#2: The View North
#3: The View East
#4: The View South
#5: The View West
#6: The Proof
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