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United States : Kansas

9.4 miles (15.1 km) N of Weskan, Wallace, KS, USA
Approx. altitude: 1199 m (3933 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 39°S 78°E

Accuracy: 2 m (6 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View south. #3: View west. #4: View north. #5: GPS position. #6: Raw TerraSync data on the left and post processed position on the right #7: Ground cover. #8: On top of Mt Sunflower.

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  39°N 102°W (visit #3)  

#1: View east.

(visited by Shawn Fleming)

04-Jun-2012 -- This would be the second of a dozen successful visits on a clockwise loop east of Colorado Springs continuing from 39N 103W. I parked 1.6 km west of the confluence and jogged over fallow grassland. There was distant thunder and it would be pouring rain within the hour so I chose not to take my panoramic lens or iPad.

A serpentine path was required to avoid hundreds of cow pies while enroute to the confluence. I was quickly able to zero out with a short dance, collect data and send a Spot custom message while taking my pictures. There were rolled hay bales on the other side of a fence to the north and a field of wheat to the east. A lonely cluster of rebellious wheat stalks in a field of otherwise homogenous grass stood out within a couple meters of the confluence (Picture #7).

Picture #6 shows a TerraSync screen shot on the left captured at the confluence and the resulting Pathfinder Office post processed GPS data on the right.

I jogged back to my vehicle and, inspired by previous visitors, made a short detour to Mt Sunflower. While there, I called my good friend Dave who is a highpointer, and told him where I was. He had been tracking me throughout my trip and told me of a self-portrait he had taken at Mt Sunflower while wearing a full parka and climbing axe in the middle of summer after he had returned from Denali.

This confluence had not been visited in almost 10 years! Onward to 39N 101W!


 All pictures
#1: View east.
#2: View south.
#3: View west.
#4: View north.
#5: GPS position.
#6: Raw TerraSync data on the left and post processed position on the right
#7: Ground cover.
#8: On top of Mt Sunflower.
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)