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Canada : Manitoba

16.8 km (10.4 miles) SSE of Dauphin, MB, Canada
Approx. altitude: 408 m (1338 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo topo250 world confnav)
Antipode: 51°S 80°E

Accuracy: 4 m (13 ft)
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#2: South #3: East #4: West #5: GPS #6: The trail home

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  51°N 100°W (visit #2)  

#1: North

(visited by Mike Lafleur and Kilmeny Jones)

06-Oct-2002 -- This was our second attempt at this confluence. After examining our problems from the first visit, our thinking was to try in the autumn, once the leaves had fallen. This point on its own made bagging this so much easier.

We had an early morning and were able to arrive at the starting point by noon. Having a quick chat with the land owner, he was able to tell us of a path that was up farther than we had gone on our last trip. He didn't think it would take us to where we wanted but it was close enough to check out.

The path (an old horse trail) started northeast of the confluence, leading directly south before swinging east and on to parts unknown. We did follow it for a while but had to back track. From here, the bushwhacking started. This time it was a lot easier, due to the fact one could see more than 10 feet in front of him (no leaves). This allowed us to more accurately choose the clearest path and avoid the greatest tangles. It also helped in that our GPS was getting much stronger signals to follow. We did have the occasional loss of signal but this was no problem. Our compass came into play much more here, with shooting bearings that it made life much more manageable.

Another advantage of no leaves was being able to pick out animal trails more readily. These were a great help in getting through the brush while avoiding numerous scratches. We used these almost every chance we could.

If one should consider coming around here, be prepared for damp feet and bring lots of film. The country is really great with numerous birds around and plenty of signs of other wildlife. Our hilite of the day was spotting a black bear.

All in all, it was 1 hour 45 min in and, after a small detour around another beaver dam, 2 hours out. We had our pix and were on our way to supper and a warm drink.


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#1: North
#2: South
#3: East
#4: West
#5: GPS
#6: The trail home
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  Notes
In the Riding Mountain National Park.