Sandy Blight Junction Road Confluence Point reached

Submitted: Monday, Aug 22, 2016 at 20:52
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Many of you are familiar with the degree confluence project at confluence.org

We managed to knock over quite a difficult one in July. 24S 129E can be reached from the Sandy Blight Junction track. Our adventure wasn't without incident.

Apart from reaching the CP, the car clocked 400,000 km on the track.

There are still a few left for the intrepid explorer to claim. All the low hanging fruit has been picked. Those left are pretty tough, and will take a fair commitment and lots of planning.

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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Aug 22, 2016 at 20:59

Monday, Aug 22, 2016 at 20:59
Well done Bob

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016 at 07:34

Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016 at 07:34
Hi Bob

I should have said that we have done over 50 Degree Confluence claims, with the longest involving over a 15 kilometre hike to claim it.



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Reply By: equinox - Monday, Aug 22, 2016 at 21:16

Monday, Aug 22, 2016 at 21:16
Hi Bob,
Well done. I've knocked over 4 or 5 of these over the years some easier than others. Sometimes its hard to get the numbers to line up. Generally I will only visit one if it is "on the way" to somewhere else.

With the remote ones not only are they fairly inaccessible but some also require permission to visit.

I've gone off it a bit lately as Gorden Spence who manages Australia wants me to write "War and Peace" when I log one. My perspective is if you can prove it (though pics can be photo shopped of course) then you should be able to officially complete the confluence. I don't want to go into how I got there or write it up, if I don't want to. Years ago you didn't have to do that so what's the difference now apart from that the confluences are in more geographically challenging areas.

My latest one (the one to the west of yours) was only approved yesterday however was marked incomplete due to not meeting minimum narrative requirements 24S 128E

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Follow Up By: Echucan Bob - Thursday, Aug 25, 2016 at 08:03

Thursday, Aug 25, 2016 at 08:03
Alan

I compared your photo to the north at 24S 128E with the one from 2010 and note that the three desert oaks have barely changed in the six years. They must grow extremely slowly.

Yes, I've had resubmission issues with Gordon. Initially we left star pickets with aluminium tags at the CPs we discovered. They were in our photos. This is a no no. Had to photoshop them out! The other issue was supplying copies of permits from CLC and Ngaanyatjarra, which I had luckily kept.

It is worth saying a few words about how you got there. I, for one, would be reading with interest.

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Follow Up By: equinox - Thursday, Aug 25, 2016 at 18:35

Thursday, Aug 25, 2016 at 18:35
Hi Bob,
They must indeed be very slow growing.
I co-wrote an article with Phil B in summer 2015 edition of Western 4Wdriver mag.
This covers the entire trip, though light on in detail due to some of the sensitivity of the places we visited.


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Reply By: The Explorer - Monday, Aug 22, 2016 at 21:38

Monday, Aug 22, 2016 at 21:38
The "adult" version of Pokémon Go :)

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Follow Up By: Echucan Bob - Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016 at 06:31

Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016 at 06:31
A pursuit initiated at 90S 0-360E some years ago.
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Monday, Aug 22, 2016 at 22:03

Monday, Aug 22, 2016 at 22:03
Thanks for the heads up Bob...
Margaret and I did S22, E123 (walked in across the dunes from the Gary Junction Road) and S22, E122 (drove to within a couple of km and walked the last bit) in 2005, have not looked at any since then, but there was one other we thought we could do, must check it out again...

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