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Austria

6.8 km (4.2 miles) E of Hannebauer, Steiermark, Austria
Approx. altitude: 1600 m (5249 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 47°S 166°W

Accuracy: 4 m (13 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: looking north #3: looking south #4: Confluencer's Meeting, with the official "Spot-Warden" (wearing a black T-Shirt) #5: GPS reading #6: great Panorama close to the timberline, some 200 m above the Confluence

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  47°N 14°E (visit #2)  

#1: looking east

(visited by Michael Carl and Alfred Janosievics)

20-May-2001 -- Again the "Dynamic Duo MIKE-MAN & Boy(No)Wonder FRED-IN" saved the .....the....whatever they saved....

At least they could have saved a lot of sweat:

As that Confluence is located near to a prohibited military area, we decided to approach the spot from the south side, that side which our map wasn't showing detailed enough.

But GPS navigation has become routine in the meantime: Translating degrees, minutes and seconds on the display into directions and "steps-still-to-go" in no time, we make our way in a straight line toward our target. No brushwood, cliff or new or rebuilt road is able to stop us now! (see preamble :)

A few forceful steps out of the underbrush - and there we are at 47°N 014°E!

Only to discover:
#1 three fellow Confluencers already reached that point some minutes ago
#2 that military thingy isn´t that serious as we thought, Hans, Helmut & Simon took those direct, comfortable dirt roads we planned to hike in the beginning
#3 and they had a permission from the land-owner to drive their car on that forest roads, with the confluence located within a few feet off the road!

Perhaps there´s something we could have made wrong ....? I´ve to catch my breath first......pfeeew.....then I´ll be able to get......upset :-o

The rest of the story turned out to be nice and quite informative. Having met nice people, learning how they are preparing their adventures, fellow spot hunters have a lot to chat and to share experience!

Together we climbed up a nearby 1900 m hill (6200 ft) and enjoyed that great panorama around us (see photo #6). Having Fred as our "touristic guide" we even knew WHAT we saw! (He lived several years in a nearby town called Murau, well known to lovers of a cool, fresh-tongued jug of beer - Cheers!)

On the way back our new friends really saved us a lot of sweat´n´hiking: they kindly took us in their car some two kilometers and 800 m down to our car (English Folks: 2500 ft).

ThanX again to them, here "officially"! Perhaps we´ll meet again at 47°N 013°E ?

A pleasent day after all, altough I had to drive some 650 km for it! (appr. 400 mi, for E.F.s)

c ya
Mike ;-)


 All pictures
#1: looking east
#2: looking north
#3: looking south
#4: Confluencer's Meeting, with the official "Spot-Warden" (wearing a black T-Shirt)
#5: GPS reading
#6: great Panorama close to the timberline, some 200 m above the Confluence
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)
  Pending visits
Submitted  Visit date  Name  Success?  Status? 
13-Sep-14  10-Sep-14  Karl Bryk  yes  pending