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France : Midi-Pyrénées

4.0 km (2.5 miles) SSW of Gazost, Hautes-Pyrénées, Midi-Pyrénées, France
Approx. altitude: 1361 m (4465 ft)
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Antipode: 43°S 180°

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#2: This the closest we could get: 130m up the slope (to the north) is the actual confluence. #3: At the start of our hike into the French Pyrenees, Ineke leading the way. #4: Ineke mourns over an earlier confluence hunter who didn’t make it. #5: 140m south from the actual point. Ineke smiles despite being eaten by horseflies.

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  43°N 0° (visit #1)  

#1: Looking to the south down the steep slope.

(visited by Rob Millenaar and Ineke Millenaar)

31-Jul-2000 -- During our vacation in the French departement of Hautes Pyrenees we were not very far away from the confluence of the zero degree meridian and 43 degrees north latitude. So Ineke and I went hunting on July the 31st 2000. We drove to the small village of Gazost where we left the car and went hiking into the Northern Pyrenees mountains. These are still modest in height but the hike to the confluence turned out to be rather strenuous. First of all it was a hot day (later we heard 35 degrees C), second we encountered very steep trails or absence of trails. But most of all we were eaten alive by hordes of horseflies.

After a couple of hours we got to within 220 meters of the confluence point when we reached a wall too steep to climb. Sidetracking we found a trail that seemed to be rarely used and which brought us higher on the slope and at a distance of 130 meters of the exact spot. Now we couldn’t get any closer. We would have to climb the Northern slope which was thickly vegetated and too steep. So we agreed to make a picture of a location at the zero degree meredian, 140 meters to the South of the real confluence. After we came back to the campsite we were quite exhausted but satisfied that we came as close to the confluence as was safe. Therefore we hope the confluence is considered to be a successful attempt. The two of us carried four ticks that we brought back from our expedition.


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#1: Looking to the south down the steep slope.
#2: This the closest we could get: 130m up the slope (to the north) is the actual confluence.
#3: At the start of our hike into the French Pyrenees, Ineke leading the way.
#4: Ineke mourns over an earlier confluence hunter who didn’t make it.
#5: 140m south from the actual point. Ineke smiles despite being eaten by horseflies.
#6: The trail continues from the closest point to the west.
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