the Degree Confluence Project

United States : Wyoming

3.2 miles (5.2 km) ENE of Fontenelle (Lincoln), Sweetwater, WY, USA
Approx. altitude: 1958 m (6423 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreeMap topo aerial ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 42°S 70°E

Accuracy: 3 m (9 ft)
Quality: good

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#2: View East #3: View South #4: View West #5: GPS Location #6: Ground Cover and bush and zeropoint

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  42°N 110°W (visit #2)  

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(visited by Shawn Fleming)

17-Jul-2018 -- We started the morning in Green River after a dusk visit to 42N 108W the night before.

We turned north off Interstate 80 onto Highway 372 or LaBarge Road, through the Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge as we tracked parallel to and just south of the Green River.

We turned east on to Lincoln-Sweetwater or Road 311 here. After crossing the Green River we continued east along the Lower Farson Cutoff Road (also signed as County Road 8 or 28) until turning northeast onto a well maintained dirt road here. I stopped south of the point at this intersection. It was about 950 meters away and seemed like a good place to park off the road however, I should have parked further to the west.

The Google Imagery (6/5/2014) used for planning did not depict the current larger extent of the sagebrush. A direct path is not always the quickest as I soon discovered the sagebrush was waist high. At the edges, it was easy to walk around the bushes but it soon became impenetrable. For future visitors, avoid the green, walk completely around the area of sagebrush for quicker travel.

Other than the sagebrush, it was relatively flat and an easy hike to the confluence. After a brief confluence dance, all zeroes were obtained. I sent my SPOT message declaring success and started picture taking and data collection. Oil storage tanks were visible in almost all quadrants. The tanks to the north are only 450 meters away and have a maintained dirt road leading to them. A future visitor may want to turn off the Lincoln Sweetwater Road here here and simply follow the road to those tanks.

Another confluencing maxim – you can never over plan but a minimal amount of planning will almost always cost you extra time. This was a relatively short notice trip for us. I had loaded the points into my GPS but did not have the time to create detailed routes or starting points. Navigation by Garmin usually works fairly well - except on dirt roads with infrequent use. We had an interesting visit to the Fontenelle Dam and some other side excursions before a manual navigation override to get us where we had originally intended to go.

Post processing of the GPS data (603 positions) reveals that my Trimble GPS receiver was 3.0 meters bearing 335 degrees from the actual confluence with a Horizontal Precision of 2.3 meters.

The total time from where I parked was 47 minutes and 1.4 miles round trip.

It’s hard to believe that I am only the second visitor to this confluence! The adventure continues at 42N 111W!

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#1: View North
#2: View East
#3: View South
#4: View West
#5: GPS Location
#6: Ground Cover and bush and zeropoint
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