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Italy : Liguria

1.3 km (0.8 miles) W of Testico, Savona, Liguria, Italy
Approx. altitude: 764 m (2506 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 44°S 172°W

Accuracy: 6 m (19 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View to the North #3: View to the East #4: View to the South #5: View to the West #6: Ground Zero #7: GPS reading #8: The confluence hunter #9: Sunrise at the beach in Alassio #10: The signpost forest

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  44°N 8°E (visit #3)  

#1: The Confluence from 20 m distance

(visited by Rainer Mautz)

09-Nov-2014 -- On Friday after work, I took a train from Zurich to Milano, changed into a regional train that took me to the touristic town Alassio (15 km beeline from the confluence) at the western coast of Liguria. I arrived at midnight, but was sure that I would find some place to stay without any problem since every second building is either a hotel, a pension or a bed and breakfast place. But it turned out that during the month of November all hotels are closed and there seems to be no exception. I tried 30 different places until I finally found the only open hotel.

The next day was beautifully sunny and warm. After a great sunrise at the beach, I started cycling into the Ligurian Mountains. Cycling was great and I enjoyed the winding little roads with almost no traffic and the remote little mountain villages. At one point I saw this funny signposting at the entrance of a little side road. I had to stop in order to conceive all these warnings and prohibitions.

I left the county road ‘SP13’ a little too early such that I cruised around on forest tracks for one hour until I reached the confluence point. The easy way however would be to leave ‘SP13’ at the intersection with ‘SP6’ which is 1 km to the north-west. An earth track comes as close as 30 m to the Confluence. From the track a steep grade through thorny thickets has to be overcome to reach the exact location. The Confluence is on a raised position with great views into the Ligurian Alps and the snow covered Maritime Alps in the distance (if you can find a spot to look through the thickets). I struggled through the thickets for another 10 minutes to get a satisfying confluence picture from 20 m distance and view to the Alps. I felt a little unsafe hiking through the thickets because I wasn’t the only hunter in this area. The forest was full of real hunters with guns and I heard shots once in a while.

After the documentation of the Confluence, I continued riding various mountain passes until I reached the town Fossano at dinner time.

CP Visit Details:

  • Distance to the road: 1 km
  • Distance of bicycle parking: 30 m
  • Time to reach the CP from the bicycle: 5 min
  • Time at the CP: 10:15 AM
  • Measured height: 768 m
  • Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
  • Position accuracy: 6 m
  • Topography: steep and mountainous
  • Vegetation: various tree species such as pine, chestnut and beech, tendrils such as blackberry
  • Weather: sunny, 17° C (felt temperature)
  • Given Name: The Sign Post Forest Confluence


 All pictures
#1: The Confluence from 20 m distance
#2: View to the North
#3: View to the East
#4: View to the South
#5: View to the West
#6: Ground Zero
#7: GPS reading
#8: The confluence hunter
#9: Sunrise at the beach in Alassio
#10: The signpost forest
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