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Armenia

6.2 km (3.9 miles) NNE of Bashgyukh, Shirak, Armenia
Approx. altitude: 2435 m (7988 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 41°S 136°W

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
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#2: View to the North #3: View to the South #4: View to the East #5: View to the West #6: GPS registration #7: Spring is here #8: Spring in the Karackach Pass #9: Ms. Torosjan, husband and students #10: Gas propelled local bus

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  41°N 44°E (visit #2)  

#1: Confluence point

(visited by John Dag Hutchison)

22-May-2007 -- Having less time than the first visitors to the Confluence Point I got a Niva 4x4 with a driver in the nearby larger city Giumri heeding the advice that an ordinary taxi would not make it. The road from Giumri to Tashir looks ok on the available maps, but the reality was different. The Karakhach Pass is a fairly flat area. From the road through the pass it was a fairly easy stroll of a couple of kilometers towards the confluence point. The difference in elevation was about 200 meters, but the last bit was quite steep. Around the confluence point snow patches still remained, making the ground soggy and a times slippery with ice under the grass. I recorded the elevation to 2436 m.

It was a sunny day with a breeze strong enough to justify the wind proof jacket as the temperature was around 5 - 6 centigrade. A beautiful day. The first flowers were coming out, and there was a permanent concert from lots of small sparrow sized bird which I was not able to identify due to a forgotten pair of binoculars. The driver gave me a name which the dictionary translates as quail. He added that they were a great delicacy. The most interesting bird spotting was of a pair of eagles near the road. They were not afraid, sitting about 25 meters away. When I approached to take a photo they just moved another 25 meters along the terrain. This was repeated as I moved forward till I realised that they probably just wanted me away from their nest somewhere I did not spot. And a lonely seagull! What is that doing so far from the sea......

On the way back to Giumri I stopped at the Musayelyan village were the first visitors to the CP had been taken so well care of by Mrs. Torosjan Yer Asik. I met her and her husband in the school where they work and gave her a printout of the report from the first visit. They were so hospitable: coffee and ice cream in the teachers' room. They wanted me to have a meal with them, but unfortunately I had to get back to Yerevan.


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#1: Confluence point
#2: View to the North
#3: View to the South
#4: View to the East
#5: View to the West
#6: GPS registration
#7: Spring is here
#8: Spring in the Karackach Pass
#9: Ms. Torosjan, husband and students
#10: Gas propelled local bus
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