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China : Héběi Shěng

2.2 km (1.4 miles) ESE of Chanfang, Héběi, China
Approx. altitude: 495 m (1623 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 37°S 66°W

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
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#2: east #3: south #4: west #5: north #6: gps view #7: visitor at CP #8: on our way back to road #9: village near the CP #10: a cute goat near the road

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  37°N 114°E (visit #1)  

#1: CP is in the small valley, 50m from camera position

(visited by Lei Wang and Lei Zou)

English Narrative

05-Feb-2005 -- 从我们地图和srtm数据来看,N37E114位于太行山脉深处,在蝉房附近的山坡上,距离公路大概500米左右。这是我们此次旅行的第一个山区交汇点。

大约早晨8点,我们离开了N37E115,向西驶向N37E114。8:50到达邢台,用了半个小时才穿过这个城市。沿省道一直向西,路面不错,但坡陡弯急,还有一些大车,需要非常小心,速度不可能太快。10:10分,到达了和另外一个省道相交的地点,左传上另外一条更僻静的公路。这条路上基本上没有什么车了,但公路沿着山阴修建,路面经常会有积雪和冰面,小心翼翼地向前走。10:37,到达了最后一个村庄蝉房,公路穿过村子,农民们基本把公路当成了自家的后院,小摊摆到了马路中央。

10:40,GPS显示离CP还有450米左右。左侧的小山非常陡峭,基本不可能攀登。驾车往回走了三四百米,找到一处比较容易停车,又可以上山的地方,带上相机GPS开始上山。小路很快没有了,好在山上的植被不是很茂盛,直接在树丛中沿梯度最大的方向插向山脊。没路的地方非常耗费体力,只能手脚并用,好在山并不太高,也就一百米左右。GPS现实,从山脊向东250米左右,就是目标点,但正确方向却是一个山谷,于是绕着山脊迂回前进,虽然远一点,可是不用丧失海拔,还是相对比较省力气的。

爬到另外一个山脊,只有100米了,但根据地形判断,目标点应该在山谷中。仔细观察周围的地形,每个山谷里都有小路从村子里面通过来,如果当时找到了这些小路,就不用爬刚才那个痛苦的山了,但地图上不可能标出这些小路,你也没有办法问当地老乡目标点怎么走,嗬嗬,也许这就是找交汇点的魅力之一吧:你永远不知道自己将要去的是什么地方。

下山并不比上山轻松,到处都是枣树或者什么其它带刺的树木,很讨厌,不断地从鞋里倒出来灌进去的各种乱七八糟的东西。终于,在谷底正中间到达了目标点,就在一块三四十厘米见方的石头旁边。拍照之后,沿着谷中的小路很快就回到了公路,但离我们停车的地方还有差不多两公里远,只好慢慢走回去了。

回到温暖的车上,吃昨天特地留下的汉堡、炸鸡、可乐,顺便把gps里面的数据倒腾到计算机里面。

去下一个点的途中,开始下大雪,我们只好放弃原来的计划,逃回北京,详细情况请看: www.abovecloud.com

English Narrative

05-Feb-2005 -- From the map and srtm data, we found this point is in Taihang Mountain, and some 500 meters from road, more attractive than the previous ones.

Leave 37N 115E about 8:00, we drive to west. 8:50, we arrived Xing Tai, an big city in HeBei province, and it cost us half an hour to croos the city. Alone the "province road", there are huge truck on road, we have to pay more attention to over drive them. We drive in the mountain zone, and play with our digital map on computer, we load 3D map in oziexplorer to help us understand the road trends. 10:10, we turn left to another road, there is almost nor cars. It's silent and snow and ice on the road occasionally, we slow down. The moutains beside the road are beautiful and steep, we hope the CP beside the road is not as steep as these ones. 10:37, we cross the last village, Chanfang.

10:40, we stopped our jeep and found that the CP is 450 meters on our left hand (norhern to our position). The hills is too steep to climb, so we driver back for 300 meters and found a small trek to climb. The trek disappears after 50 meters, luckily the vegetation is not flourish here. We climb with our "four foot" to reach the ridge of the hill, and found the CP hide behind anohter ridge. We try to follow the ridge to approach the CP, it will save our strength. We found the CP may be in the valley, it's 100 meters from the ridge. Down hill is not easy in steep hiil, we have to do it carefully. The trees on the hill are not amiability, full of sting.

Finally we reached the CP in the valley, near a small rock. And we found there is a small trek to a village nearby. Hills surround the CP. After take photos, we follow the trek to the village then to the road. It's easy than trek back, and cost more time, since we have to walk alone the road for about 2km to find our car.

11:50 we back to our warm jeep, and have some hamburger, chicked, cola as lunch.

Then we head to 38N 114E, it cost us more than five hours in the mountain. When we almost reach the CP it began to snow, after we found lots of big trucks jam in the road and some of them rolls out of road, we decided to end our trip and back to Beijing. We back to the super highway from Taiyuan to ShiJiaZhuang, and found the other side of the way were closed. It's 17:50, I found the road to slipery and I hardly can stand on it. I turn on all of my light, swap to 4WD mode, and limit me speed to 50km/hour. Despite of the dangerous, scene is very beautiful, we bring our DV and record it.

At 11:00 pm, we back to our home and end our two days conlfuence trip, with four successful CP and lots of good memory.

We will be back soon.

More info:abovecloud.com


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#1: CP is in the small valley, 50m from camera position
#2: east
#3: south
#4: west
#5: north
#6: gps view
#7: visitor at CP
#8: on our way back to road
#9: village near the CP
#10: a cute goat near the road
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