29-Mar-2009 -- Continued from 27N 10E.
Before we started the trip it had surprised me that although many people cross the sandsea along this route, this Confluence was still left over. Bad luck that a Slovenian party had snatched this Confluence only a couple of days before us!
This Confluence lies halfway between Awbāriy (south) and Idrīs (north) inmidst the dunes of the Awbāriy Sandsea. This landscape consists of dune chains up to 100 m of height separated by long valleys running NE to SW along the main wind direction.
In the morning of 29 March 2009 we had visited the most famous of the miraculous Mandara Lakes, the Gabron Lake, roughly 50 km ESE for a swim in its extremely salty waters, and approached the point at the eastern slope of one of these dunes by car in late afternoon.
After the ceremony we put our camp soon after at a similar spot nearby. In the night we had company by a very curious, hungry, and handsome desert mouse. The next day we continued NW to 28N 12E.