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2.6 km (1.6 miles) SW of Esiem, Eastern, Ghana
Approx. altitude: 133 m (436 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 6°S 179°E

Accuracy: 12 m (39 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View to West #3: View to South #4: View to East #5: The Evidence #6: Fred and Isaac #7: Only 400 metres to go #8: Smallholding passed on return to Land Rover

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#1: The very spot

(visited by Hamish Goldie-Scot, Fred Engmann and Isaac Ahrin)

25-May-2004 -- Having recently started to make good use of a GPS with my work for international consultant Scott Wilson, I was determined to reach at least one of the many unvisited confluence points in Ghana in the course of a series of visits currently planned to this West African country.

The start of a Feeder Road Project in Eastern Region (with 2 unvisited confluence points) seemed to offer the ideal opportunity, but I was beaten to 7N 0 by my resident field survey team who 'happened to' find themselves close to it the day after I mentioned it to them, visiting it at dawn on 19th May.

That left 6W 1N as the only unvisited confluence point in the project area. Taking advantage of a public holiday on 25th May, Fred Engmann (Team Coordinator) and I set out at dawn half expecting to find that our field survey team had quietly beaten us to it. In fact there was no such problem, though it turned out to be quite a challenge to reach the point, requiring the knowledge, skills and perseverance of local resident Isaac Ahrin. He guided us for about 1.2 km through dense bush and swampy areas until we eventually reached the spot.

By the time we had completed the confluence dance and managed to photograph a precise GPS reading of the point, we had attracted the attention of a local family who grew cocoa and rice in the vicinity. They directed us to a footpath that led us back to our Land Rover by a much easier, though longer route.


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#1: The very spot
#2: View to West
#3: View to South
#4: View to East
#5: The Evidence
#6: Fred and Isaac
#7: Only 400 metres to go
#8: Smallholding passed on return to Land Rover
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