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Argentina : El Chubut

37.1 km (23.0 miles) SSW of Laguna Grande, Chubut, Argentina
Approx. altitude: 276 m (905 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 44°N 113°E

Accuracy: 25 m (82 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: South View #3: North View #4: West View #5: GPS at 20 meter, we rush from the "dangerus lighting" #6: At only 300 meters, we reached the top of the "meseta" #7: At 3 km, we could see rain on top off the confluence #8: 7 km and looking for a path to get closer. #9: Rainbow, just saying good bye to us afetr completing the visit #10: Mariela, Gustavo and me #11: Oscar, ready to cross the dry river #12: This water wasnt here on the morning, the rain wast hard on some places.

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#1: East View

(visited by Luis Julian Rossi, Oscar Andres Frumento, Gustavo Javier Rua and Mariela Beatriz Borrego)

English

30-Jan-2005 -- Salimos con Oscar en busqueda de esta confluencia partiendo a las 6:30 de la mañana desde Puerto Madryn a unos 300 km de la confluencia.
Nos encontramos con Gustavo y Mariela en Dique Ameghino y desde allí partimos llegando a Las Plumas, para último reabastecimiento de combustible.
Intentamos un primer camino llegando desde el Oeste, cercano a la Estancia Los 3 Hermanos.
Llegamos tan cerca como a 15 km en linea recta. Allí se interpuso un alambrado y no pudimos continuar camino. Que tampoco existia.

Luego tuvimos que recorrer caminos hacia el sur-oeste hasta llegar al cauce del Rio. Allí intentamos recorrerlo pero no pudimos avanzar mucho, el agua comenzo a correr por el Rio que normalmente esta seco debido a las intensas lluvias que habia mas al Oeste. Si bien no era mucha generaba barro, dificultando el paso.
Nos detuvimos y caminamos para ver las posibilidades de seguir. Estuvimos a 7,8 km, alertados y aconsejados por un paisano a caballo decidimos pasar por la estancia de Rodriguez.

Una ves allí nuevamente nos encontramos a 7,4 km, pero más al sur aún. Allí Oscar recorre la zona y encuentra huellas de un tractor.
Asi que arremetimos con el cruze del Rio e intentamos seguir esas tenues huellas que se dirigian al punto siguiendo un cursito de arroyo.

Finalmente las huellas se desviaban y quedamos a unos 3,7 km, a las 17hs. Desde allí, a pesar de las tormentas amenazantes, comenzamos el recorrido a pie.
Llegando al tope de la barda y a menos de 200 metros comienza una intensa lluvia por lo que corrimos para obtener la fotografia a 20 metros del punto segun GPS.

Teniamos miedo de los rayos ya que es peligroso estar en zonas altas planas y sin ningun árbol como era justamente el lugar donde estabamos.
La vuelta como es habitual fue mas rapida , asi que despedimos el lugar con un hermoso paisaje y arco iris.

English

30-Jan-2005 -- We went out with Oscar from Puerto Madryn at 6:30 at about 300km from the planed confluence. We found ourselves with Mariela and Gustavo who were camping at the Dique Ameghino .

From there we went to Las Plumas, last fuel suply and preparations. We tried to reach the "Los 3 Hermanos" farm but only could get as close as 15 km. There was a gate, and no more road, after there we went south reaching the dry river. There we try to go inside the river but couldnt go ahead, becasue recent rains where bringing some water to the dry river, producing lots of mud in some places, we walked around to see our options.

We where at about 7,8 km when we found a "gaucho" on his horse, he recomend us to go back and try to reach the point by Rodriguez farms.
There again reaching Rodriguez farm we where at 7,4 km, further south and no road ahead. There Oscar walked again and found a path made by old farm machine. So we decided to cross again the river and try to get closer following the path over the small river.

Finally the course of these river took us to within 3,7 km and at 17:00 on the afternoon. From there we walked, at top of the hill and with 200 meters to reach the confluence rain, lighting and thunders starsed. We ran to reach the point and as fast as posible took the pictures of the confluence at 20 meters.

We where afraid of the lighting because it is dangerous being on hight plains without trees, just as we where. The wayl back was faster, and the rainwow said good bye to us.


 All pictures
#1: East View
#2: South View
#3: North View
#4: West View
#5: GPS at 20 meter, we rush from the "dangerus lighting"
#6: At only 300 meters, we reached the top of the "meseta"
#7: At 3 km, we could see rain on top off the confluence
#8: 7 km and looking for a path to get closer.
#9: Rainbow, just saying good bye to us afetr completing the visit
#10: Mariela, Gustavo and me
#11: Oscar, ready to cross the dry river
#12: This water wasnt here on the morning, the rain wast hard on some places.
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