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United States : Nevada

2.3 miles (3.7 km) S of Henderson, Clark, NV, USA
Approx. altitude: 783 m (2568 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 36°S 65°E

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#2: The GPS in black and white #3: Wagner dolled up for a night in Vegas… #4: Wagner spies another B across the valley. #5: The confluence on the other side of the pesky hill -- B marks the spot!

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  36°N 115°W (visit #1) (incomplete) 

#1: This radio facility foiled our GPS on this side of the hill

(visited by Godfrey Daniels, Wagner and Molly Kiely)

Further review revealed that the first visit, by Godfrey Daniels, Molly Kiely and Wagner, was about a mile off.

04-Jul-1999 -- After stuffing ourselves at a casino buffet, we decided to make a night-time attempt on the confluence. Do not make decisions on a full stomach; after meals, the brain lacks blood.

Heading south out of Vegas, there was freeway work everywhere; roads that were supposed to exist did not seem to exist. We ended up on the Boulder highway, heading south. I exited at a random exit. It turned out to be just the right one. We consolidated ourselves into a single vehicle and went roaming around some mountains. We soon discovered that reaching the confluence would require some hiking -- ill-advised in the nighttime desert. We headed to Boulder City for the night.

In the morning, we returned, only to face more difficult obstacles. We drove to the foot of some small mountains and began climbing. Then the GPS unit gave out. We were very close to the confluence, but for accuracy's sake, we went back to the car for fresh batteries, then retraced our steps. The GPS gave out again. This was very strange. We thought it must be the radio towers.

Or maybe the National Guard was jamming things up. Who knew? In any case, it appeared to be a bad day for confluence-hunting. Plus, at this point, Mark and Wig had to head back to the Bay Area.

Molly and I decided to head around the other side of the mountain. As we did, we saw an unusual site: a large letter "B" on the side of the mountain. A Mountain Monogram is not in itself unusual. It is a common practice for a desert town to decorate a nearby mountain with the first initial of the town's name. But there were two strange things about this letter: first, it was a B -- and we were in Henderson.

Second, I had already spotted another B, far across the valley, which we'd planned to visit for another entry in my Mountain Initial project. It was instantly decided that we would climb to each B and photograph the other.

Sitting atop the B, we were just out of the visual line of the towers, so I thought I'd see whether the GPS could get a fix.

The unit had no difficulty getting a reading. And, by dumb luck, we were sitting right on top of the confluence. The B was the confluence!

Additional note from Andy Spurlock: I live right at the base of the other side of the mountain of the confluence.

The initial observer was probably correct about the transmission towers at the top of the mountain playing havoc with their GPS. It screws up our cable t.v. once in a while, too.

Also, the observer on the page was wondering about the two "B"'s on the sides of different mountains in Henderson. One stands for Basic High School (named after the Basic Magnesium Company of World War II fame who operated a large open mine in the area) but the closer "B" to the confluence point stands for "Burkholder" junior high school.

Hope this helps anyone else that's interested!


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#1: This radio facility foiled our GPS on this side of the hill
#2: The GPS in black and white
#3: Wagner dolled up for a night in Vegas…
#4: Wagner spies another B across the valley.
#5: The confluence on the other side of the pesky hill -- B marks the spot!
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