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Argentina : El Chubut

19.0 km (11.8 miles) W of Arroyo Pescado, Chubut, Argentina
Approx. altitude: 945 m (3100 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 43°N 109°E

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#2: North view #3: South view #4: East view #5: West view #6: GPS #7: Team

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  43°S 71°W  

#1: View of the confluence

(visited by Orlando Garcia Cerocchi)

English

05-Nov-2005 -- Comenzamos a planear la visita a la confluencia S43 W71 varias semanas antes, para lo cual usamos el Earth Google, mapas de la WEB, algunos conseguidos de diferentes direcciones (minas, bosques, etc) y un GPS prestado.

Salimos de Esquel a las 13:26 del sabado 5 de Noviembre, luego de convencer a Monica de que nos acompañe.

Llegamos por la gloriosa ruta 40 al meridiano 71, dejamos el auto y comenzamos a caminar hacia el norte a través de un terreno ondulado cubierto por vegetación con espinas, muchas espinas. El GPS decía que estábamos a solo 3.7 Km de la confluencia, pero obviamente, el GPS no veía las montañas. Caminamos durante 4 horas esquivando las espinas, muchas espinas, subiendo y bajando las colinas y diciendole a Monica una y otra vez “ya casi estamos allí”. Nos cruzamos con un simpático piche (zaedyus pichi) que estuvimos a punto de almorzar, pero que decidimos dejar en libertad tras las “sutiles” pero bien claras recomendaciones de Monica.

Nos detuvimos varias veces para descansar y “des-espinarnos” mientras convencíamos a Monica de que ya estábamos casi allí. Tras tres horas de caminar decidimos mirar el GPS solo para verificar la dirección correcta evitando mirar la distancia.

Una vez en la confluencia tardamos casi 45 minutos para que el GPS estuviera en la posición 43 00 00 71 00 00 lo que avivó la curiosidad de un águila que nos sobrevolaba, seguramente para determinar si éramos fuente de comida o solo locos caminando sin rumbo.

Rapidamente tomamos las fotos antes que el sol se ocultara.

Una vez que ya habíamos logrado nuestra meta, y cansados de tantas subidas y bajadas, decidimos volver cortando camino por los cañadones.

La travesía nos llevó un total de 7 horas e interminables quejas de Monica quien al llegar al auto dijo: “no me gusta caminar”.

De todas maneras ya estamos planeando otras visitas a confluencias “cercanas”, pero nos llevará algun tiempo convencer a Monica otra vez.

English

05-Nov-2005 --

We started planning the visit to S43 W71 confluence several weeks ago using Earth Google, several maps from several Government Offices as references and a borrowed GPS.

We left Esquel at 13:26 of Saturday November 5th, after convinceing Monica to join us.

We arrived at W71 through the glorious route 40, we left the car and started walking towards North direction across a wavy and thorny terrain.

According to the GPS we were just 3.7 Km away from the confluence, but the GPS didn’t see the hills obviously. We walked for over 4 hours evading thorns, lot of thorns, ascending and descending hills and telling Monica “we are almost there”. An “armadillo” crossed our path and we were about to make it lunch, but we decided to let it free after the “subtle” and very clear recommendations of Monica.

We stopped several times to rest and to take the thorns out of us while convinced Monica that we were closer. After 3 hours of walking and looking at the GPS just to see the direction avoiding looking at the distance.

Once we got there, it took almost 45 minutes to make the GPS get the right position at S43 00 00 W71 00 00, which made an eagle curious and flight over us, surely in order to find out if we were food or just crazy people walking with no direction.

We took some pictures quickly before the sunset.

Once we reached our goal, and tired of so many hills, we decided to take a short-cut through the cannons.

The whole trip took about 7 hours and non-stop complaints from Monica, who at the end said: “I don’t like walking”.

Anyway, we are already making plans for future visits to confluences nearby, but it will take a while to convince Monica to join us one more time.


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#1: View of the confluence
#2: North view
#3: South view
#4: East view
#5: West view
#6: GPS
#7: Team
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