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Canada : British Columbia

1.9 km (1.2 miles) N of Red Pass, BC, Canada
Approx. altitude: 1257 m (4123 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo topo250 world confnav)
Antipode: 53°S 61°E

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

#2: View North #3: View East #4: View South (towards Moose Lake) #5: View West #6: All zeros! #7: Looking back up towards the confluence point from the highway

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  53°N 119°W (visit #3) (secondary) 

#1: The confluence point lies on this bare patch of ground.  (The photo does not do justice to how steep the ground is here!)

(visited by Ross Finlayson)

04-Aug-2012 -- I'd been looking forward to this visit. The confluence point lies just 1.2 km from a highway, but is 250 metres higher in elevation, so I knew I'd be doing some non-trivial 'bushwhacking' and climbing. Also, the previous visitors (7 years ago) made it clear that there was a very substantial climb right at the end, which would add to the challenge.

Satellite imagery showed that there was a clear patch to the north-west of the confluence point (i.e., on the left-hand side as you climb up towards it), so I stayed on this side, hoping for easier terrain. Sure enough, the land here seemed easier to traverse, but it's also quite marshy, with several small streams running through it, so there were lots of mosquitoes. Needless to say, bring lots of bug spray if you do this hike.

I made progress through the forest (and up the slope) much quicker than I had first anticipated, and got to within 100 metres (enough for a successful visit) quite easily. But, 70 metres from the point, the hammer dropped: The land became very steep, and in places I had to crawl on my hands and knees to continue the hike. Nonetheless, I was able to reach the exact point, which turns out to lie on a bare, exposed patch of ground. Because there was a clear view to the South, my GPS receiver was able to get the WAAS satellite, which gave me a remarkably small GPS error: just +/- 2 metres! From the point, I had a clear view of Moose Lake and the mountains beyond.


 All pictures
#1: The confluence point lies on this bare patch of ground. (The photo does not do justice to how steep the ground is here!)
#2: View North
#3: View East
#4: View South (towards Moose Lake)
#5: View West
#6: All zeros!
#7: Looking back up towards the confluence point from the highway
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)
  Notes
In the Mount Robson Provincial Park.