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Mali : Tombouctou

26.0 km (16.1 miles) N of Tombouctou, Tombouctou, Mali
Approx. altitude: 267 m (875 ft)
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Antipode: 17°S 177°E

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
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#2: Looking east from the site #3: Looking south from the site #4: Looking west from the site #5: GPS reading on the site. #6: Group photo (Howe-Kelley-Lees) on site, with Tuareg guide and drivers

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  17°N 3°W (visit #2)  

#1: Looking north from the site.

(visited by Stanley Howe, Donald & Gillian Kelley and Peter & Rosemary Lee)

27-Jan-2007 -- Continued from 13N 8W.

After a couple of abortive attempts to leave Timbuktu on the northward track that passes this Confluence, we opted to go northeast for a few kilometres and then cut northwest across trackless sahel to pick up the northward track beyond the dunes that had frustrated an earlier DC-bagger's attempt on this site. We achieved this with still another 5 miles north to go, and with the sun sinking fast. We decided to press on and reached our goal at 17:30 hrs - just a few paces east of the good track north.

All done and dusted, we left the site, on stabilised dunes covered with rough grazing and low bushes, at 17:45 hrs and reached Timbuktu as darkness fell at 18:30. This involved crossing the dunes just outside Timbuktu via a quite difficult soft-sand trail, that might well have frustrated us too had we found ourselves on it too far south when starting out! Clearly luck plays a part in these matters, and this had been our day.

Continued at 15N 16W.

Photos courtesy Don Kelley.


 All pictures
#1: Looking north from the site.
#2: Looking east from the site
#3: Looking south from the site
#4: Looking west from the site
#5: GPS reading on the site.
#6: Group photo (Howe-Kelley-Lees) on site, with Tuareg guide and drivers
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