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United States : Colorado

5.3 miles (8.5 km) S of Beulah, Pueblo, CO, USA
Approx. altitude: 2287 m (7503 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 38°S 75°E

Accuracy: 1.5 km (1655 yd)
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#2: Just 0.94 mi due north of the spot!

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  38°N 105°W (visit #1) (incomplete) 

#1: Bishop's Castle NW of the confluence

(visited by Mark Quinlisk and Jeffrey Quinlisk)

04-Dec-2000 -- We were not, in fact, successful in this attempt. This area is heavily wooded and steep and required more pre-planning than we had anticipated. It is surrounded by privately owned land (bison ranches to the south and east), though the confluence appears to us and to the San Isabel National Forest staff to be on National Forest Property. Finding the proper and LEGAL approach is the problem. "No Trespassing" warnings abound, from the southern and eastern approaches, spelling out the consequences of being caught. These signs are not uncommon where private property is involved. However, it was the additional signs indicating that neighbors were recording license plate numbers and reporting them to the local authorities that inhibited us.

Our first approach, from the north, brought us "remarkably close" to the confluence, leaving us just 0.94 mi due north of the spot. We parked the Jeep just off of the county road that had delivered us to this point, and set out on foot. We had dropped steeply into a narrow ravine, crested a steeply angled ridge and were descending into the second ravine (more appropriately labeled - valley) when we stopped to let our pulses normalize and ponder our progress to that point. Our elevation changes had been significant and we had been on foot for approximately 35 minutes. Our e-Trex was still reporting our position to be 0.73 mi. due north of the confluence. The woods were dark with dense. As we peered down to the bottom of our current ravine, gazed back up to the next ridge seeing 1 or 2 more beyond, we surmised that this present course could take 2-3 more hours...one way!. The days are short in Colorado this time of year and the cold nights can bring on severe hypothermia or death... so we decided to go back around the horn and approach from the south.

This southern approach, as previously mentioned, yielded more private land than public. There would appear to be a very narrow corridor of National Forest property, running longitudinally, at the top of which we estimate the confluence to be. Again this appears to be 0.99 miles due north from the road (Diefendeffer Rd.) that approaches it. The problem is that even the San Isabel N.F. officers don't know exactly where to enter that corridor (or so they say). There is no approach from the east or west which comes any closer or yields fewer obstacles than the two cardinal points previously explored.

Renegade explorers (disregarding the law) might be successful in marking this confluence, though not without considerable difficulty. Anyone attempting this chapter in the project should be well prepared with water, adequate clothing, energy food(s), sturdy footwear, extra batteries (for GPS), matches if stranded, and some knowledge of back-country first-aid. It also should not be attempted alone. We will make another attempt on the next warm weekend and will notify the project before doing so.

P.S. Sorry about the poor quality photos...time to upgrade the digital camera!


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#1: Bishop's Castle NW of the confluence
#2: Just 0.94 mi due north of the spot!
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