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Switzerland

5.6 km (3.5 miles) S of Trient, Valais, Switzerland
Approx. altitude: 3170 m (10400 ft)
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Antipode: 46°S 173°W

Accuracy: 1.5 km (1629 yd)
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#2: Stopped for lunch, confluence ahead #3: Trail on the way before heading up the valley stream

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  46°N 7°E (visit #1) (incomplete) 

#1: Valley on the way towards confluence

(visited by Kevin Korpics)

20-Jan-2002 -- I took a preview trip the prior weekend to assess the area and thought it could be possible. On Sunday I took some snowshoes and headed out towards the confluence. Starting at 46.03.468N E007.00.049 (1527m) I walked about 4km along a fairly icey and snowpacked trail towards the confluence. I had noticed a valley leading up the mountain towards a glacier in the direction of the confluence. I followed the frozen stream winding up the mountain.

I took a break at N 46.01.063 E007.00.150 (2173m) - see picture with ski poles. At this point I was doubting my success since there was a large area of an avalanche slide which must have come off the glacier. The mountain also increased slope, clouds were rolling in, and I was tired. I continued on to reach the crest of the mountain, but would need continue further up and around the backside of the area. Finally the weather gave up and began to snow. It was already 15h so I only had about 1 hour or so of light. Since it took me nearly 5 hours to reach this point I figured I should return quickly. The closest I reached was N46.00.713 E006.59.594 (2602m).

Since we haven't had much snow I may try again this winter otherwise I'll wait until summer.

It seems reachable, but there is a good chance it is on the glacier. If so, I'll have to settle with an attempt.


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#1: Valley on the way towards confluence
#2: Stopped for lunch, confluence ahead
#3: Trail on the way before heading up the valley stream
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  Notes
This is the highest Confluence in Europe (extending unto the Ural Mountains, von Strahlenberg definition) (Source: SRTM 90m digital elevation data).