15-Aug-2006 -- Travelling to the 29˚N 62˚E confluence was no great ordeal. I’m currently employed as a geologist and working on a copper-gold exploration programme at the Reko Diq Project some 20 kilometres to the northeast. This is the first confluence point that I have registered and it was a colleague of ours, Edmundo Martinez, from Chile who alerted me to the fact that this confluence point was still to be visited.
The trip to the confluence point took a mere 40 minutes heading off at 8am. Geologist Naseer Ahmed and local security guard Abdul Gaffar were also on the trip. Naseer having worked in these parts over the last 10 years was able to get us straight there. A moderate sand storm was blowing, though these seem to be quite frequent this time of year and the temperature was hovering at about 39˚ Celsius. The area is traversed by an old British road that was a route for sulphur transportation from the extinct Kohi Sultan volcano to Iran.
We decided to walk the last 1 km and Gaffar wished to remain as a lookout for the vehicle. A quick trip got us back to the camp in time for morning tea at 10 am. Working in this area of Balochistan has been a great experience with the warmth and hospitality shown by its people being truly amazing. Although the photographs show the area as being barren and desolate, it is truly a beautiful place.