26-Jul-2006 -- Six years ago, in July 2000, my son attended a Scout camp near this
confluence, and I made the first
visit to it. Even though it is quite
easy to reach, about 1.5 hours drive from Oslo, the Norwegian capitol,
and about 2.5 km from the nearest public road, there has been no other
visits to it during these 6 years!
Last year we had a big national Yamboree at the same site, and I used
the opportunity to visit the next point east, 60°N 13°E, in Sweden.
This year we returned to the Ingelsrud Scout Center for yet another
camp, "Go The Norway '06", and as Troop Leader I had my hands full all
week, except for the period from 11:00 on Wednesday until around noon
Thursday: This was the time all the scouts would be out on an overnight
hike, with just a small tarpaulin to sleep under, and all the troop
leaders got some time off.
Together with my son Fredrik (Troop Assistant for the week), we used this time to drive the 7-8 km
north to the closest approach to the confluence, parked the car on the
outside of a gate, and started jogging the last 2.5 km to the point.
The first part is quite easy, since you can follow a logging road
until you're less than a km from the confluence, but then you have to
travel through the forest itself. On the way up we bushwacked quite a
bit, only to discover on the way back that an old logging track goes
almost all the way up to the point. On the track log image you can see
how we returned to the road slightly further north than the point where
we left it: This is the start of the track.
So what had changed during these six years? Not too much, except for
a few more areas becoming clear cut due to logging operations. It
is however quite possible that all the trees around the confluence
itself will be part of another logging operation, making travel much
harder, and the confluence much more ugly.