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Sweden

3.5 km (2.2 miles) WNW of Umasjö, Västerbotten, Sweden
Approx. altitude: 724 m (2375 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 66°S 165°W

Accuracy: 50 m (164 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View N, with the snow covered mountains in Norway (Junkerfjället?) #3: View S #4: View E - continues photo #1 #5: View W #6: The GPS signal at the CP #7: View NW from Umasjö over Över-Uman (hided) to the CP #8: View NNW over the CP #9: Just crossed the brook at 900m, view SE

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  66°N 15°E (visit #3) (secondary) 

#1: View NE over the peninsula Smilanäset in the lake Över-Uman

(visited by Peter Scharfenberg)

15-Aug-2007 -- The confluence point CP N66°/E15° was already known from two purposeful visits - c. f. reports by H. Sunden and I. Scholz. We, however, went to see this place somewhat ad hoc, as part of a one-week hiking experience in Europe's largest nature reserve Vindelfjell. (For more details the swedish hiking map 1:100000 AC2 Tärneby – Hemavan – Ammarnäs may be consulted.)

The morning of August 15th 2007 began with bright sunshine, cloudless and warm weather. First we observed the CP from the settlement Umasjö on the road E12, to identify and evaluate the area. (Photo #7, here the CP can be located somewhat before the snow fields in the middle, but down at the timber-line.) Notice that a big lake (Över-Uman) is hided behind the trees and houses and does not allow any direct approach, except in winter times, or by canoe, as done by H. Sunden.

The final starting point was chosen near the coffer-dam, as earlier reported by I. Scholz. We followed the power transmission line and later a mighty brook running from the lake Sandnästjärnen (ca. 1020 m) into Över-Uman (520 m). At 900 m altitude is a fine place for wading (photo #9), just 50 m below the crossing point of the power line and the brook. Keeping the once arrived altitude and having the "Telemast" (1060 m) always on the left side, it was an effortless hiking of ca. 3 km to reach N66°. Now a steep descent to an altitude of ca. 740 m followed, where finally the CP was arrived near the timber-line. Just now the batteries of our GPS equipment became weak and we received weak satellite signals. This may explain small deviations from the position identified by former visitors, but we assume the very nearby rocks in the foreground of photos #1 and #8 those already described by them. (Picture #1: the assumed CP is marked with the hikers blue parka. The road E12 can be identified near the opposite shore of the lake.)

Interestingly, the CP, as marked on the map, could be expected at 800 m altitude and thus somewhat away from the finally observed position.

After completing the visit, we went up to the Telemast and continued the hike around Sandnästjärnen. But the weather changed, an enormous wind came up, soon followed by rain. Thus we shortened the planned route and, after 7 hours and wet, we had returned to the starting point.


 All pictures
#1: View NE over the peninsula Smilanäset in the lake Över-Uman
#2: View N, with the snow covered mountains in Norway (Junkerfjället?)
#3: View S
#4: View E - continues photo #1
#5: View W
#6: The GPS signal at the CP
#7: View NW from Umasjö over Över-Uman (hided) to the CP
#8: View NNW over the CP
#9: Just crossed the brook at 900m, view SE
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