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United States : South Carolina

1.2 miles (1.9 km) W of Riverview, York, SC, USA
Approx. altitude: 158 m (518 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 35°S 99°E

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#2: The camera tripod sits atop the confluence #3: A panorama stitched from 11 images taken at the confluence #4: A (slighly out of focus) image of the GPS receiver at the conflence.

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  35°N 81°W (visit #1)  

#1: Confluence hunters stand atop their quarry: 35N 81W

(visited by D. Richard Hipp and Anthony Williams)

06-Jan-2001 -- We embarked from Huntersville, NC, at 9am Saturday morning, equipped with warm clothes, plenty of snacks, an Etrex GPS receiver, a digital camera, and a MapQuest map of our target. This was our first confluence hunt, and we really had no idea what to expect.

According to the map, the confluence was just off of Hidden Glen Road. But we soon discovered that Hidden Glen Road is a private dirt road with a "Keep Out" sign at the entrance. So we parked the car and went on foot looking for the landowner.

The first fellow we talked to said that the landowner, "Old Charlie," would shoot anybody he found snooping around and advised us to abandon our search. But then we meet Mr. Slayton, who was out fetching his morning paper. It turns out that Mr. Slayton leases all the land by the Catawba River from Charlie. We explained our errand and Mr. Slayton happily granted us permission to proceed.

The confluence is in the south end of a clearing a few hundred feet from the Catawba River. On the right side of the panorama image, you can see a thin line of trees, another clearing, and a second line of trees. The second line of trees is on the river's west bank.

At Mr. Slayton's request, we made a 3-foot tall pyramid of sticks and brush to mark the confluence, then headed home. We were back in time for lunch, well ahead of schedule.


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#1: Confluence hunters stand atop their quarry: 35N 81W
#2: The camera tripod sits atop the confluence
#3: A panorama stitched from 11 images taken at the confluence
#4: A (slighly out of focus) image of the GPS receiver at the conflence.
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