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Austria

2.6 km (1.6 miles) NNE of Pack, Steiermark, Austria
Approx. altitude: 904 m (2965 ft)
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Antipode: 47°S 165°W

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#2: The confluence is about 50m up to the left #3: View to the north (downhill) #4: The very spot, marked with a stick #5: GPS readout

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  47°N 15°E (visit #1)  

#1: View to the south (uphill)

(visited by Gert K.)

13-Jan-2001 -- My first confluence.
In a map I have seen, that there is a road passing by the confluence in a distance of about 200m, so I thought that it would be an fairly easy one. The confluence is about 3.5 km ESE of Hirschegg, a small village in the province of Styria (Steiermark)

After a 45 minutes drive from home (which is in Graz, Austria) I parked my car about 600m away from the confluence. As always wenn I go hiking, I tried to stay away from traffic as much as possible, so I went directly into the forest and did not follow the road. The confluence is on the side of a hill, and it is quite a steep hill, as I discovered...

The climb was a little bit tricky, as there was snow, not much but enough to slip more than once. But generally I got ahead quite well. As I went up the hill I came across two smaller paths. I followed the second one until the GPS readout told me that I had to turn left and the confluence was only 50 meters to my left up the hill (picture #3)

I went up and got quite quickly very close to the confluence, but while triyng to get a photo of the GPS displaying the exact coordinates of the confluence I was going in circles for quite a while. Unfortunately that photo turned out to be blurred (although I made two of them) so my can only "prove" that I was at N46°59'59.9" and E14°59'59.8". The altitude was 916 meters (picture #5).

But I marked the very spot with a little stick that I have put into the snow (picture #2). A very dense spruce tree forest, nothing special to see there. Picture #4 shows the view to the north (down the hill) picture #1 shows the view to the south (up the hill).

On my way back to my I followed the path that has led me so close to the confluence and came across two trees, which did not seem to be strong enough to carry earlier snowfalls.


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#1: View to the south (uphill)
#2: The confluence is about 50m up to the left
#3: View to the north (downhill)
#4: The very spot, marked with a stick
#5: GPS readout
#6: trees bent under earlier snow falls
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