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Poland : Pomorskie

2.9 km (1.8 miles) SW of Olpuch, Pomorskie, Poland
Approx. altitude: 143 m (469 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 54°S 162°W

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#2: View to the south-east bank of the lake Chadzie #3: View to the north-west bank of the lake Chadzie #4: Our "proof" of reaching target #5: The map of closest area #6: Visitors on site

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  54°N 18°E (visit #2)  

#1: This path supposedly runs through the confluence

(visited by Anna Wolanska, Aleksander Kaminski, Witold Kaminski and Witoslaw Wolanski)

16-Feb-2001 -- We learned about the Degree Confluence Project from some newsletter on 8 February 2001. It took some planning to get the equipment and since in Poland there were only two visits at the moment we did not much bother to submit info about our attempts.

We visited the 54N 18E on 16 February on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, nothing like the usual winter weather at this time of year, rather like in full spring.

When we approached the target we saw a man sitting in his car reading something. Apparently he parked very close to the confluence. You can imagine what did he think when he saw a bunch of people emerging from the forest, just to circle his car with excitement, reading some small devices. After a quarter he gave up and drove away, but will remain an unintentional participant of the visit.

It took some time to get the GPS to a still reading and it was on the north-eastern bank of lake, some 20 m from the water (see the map). The lake's name is Ch±dzie (Chadzie) which is probably a challenge to pronounce for non-Polish speakers.

On some maps in the closest vicinity of the confluence a wild camping site is marked -- a great place to camp indeed. The confluence is in a pine forest which is characteritic to the northern parts of Poland and not so far south there is a large forested area called Bory Tucholskie. This is a not-so-spoiled natural part of our region, where still many species of wild animals and plants can be found. This region is especially popular for collecting mushrooms, which seems to be some kind of a Polish national sport/hobby.

Another interesting thing about the confluence surroundigs is a XIX century skansen in Wdzydze Kiszewskie. There is a collection of village buildings and households from the Kashubian Region, especially form the closest area of Wdzydze Lake, which is one of the largest in this region.

Hopefully there still are some unvisited confluences in Poland, someday we will strike one...


 All pictures
#1: This path supposedly runs through the confluence
#2: View to the south-east bank of the lake Chadzie
#3: View to the north-west bank of the lake Chadzie
#4: Our "proof" of reaching target
#5: The map of closest area
#6: Visitors on site
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