2011-07-17 43 -118

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Sun 17 Jul 2011 in 43,-118:
43.8187043, -118.9462660

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The forest landscape at the hashpoint.


A few miles east of US-395 in the Malheur National Forest.



This was the first known attempt to hash the Buchanan graticule.

After yesterday's fiasco, I considered renouncing any further geohashing on unmaintained backroads. Approaching this hashpoint, however, I happily turned off of US-395 onto a road that quickly became a dirt track. We drove through arid upland forest to stopping point about a mile from the hashpoint, and then set off by foot. We recorded the location of the truck to make sure we could find our way back to it, and noticed that we had parked at 5276 feet -- four short of a mile.

The mountain forest presented few obstacles, except for some minor uphill and downhill and a small stream to cross. Everything smelled clean, the way things often do in the desert. We walked a little more than a mile and found our spot in a stretch of forest much like the others. We set up a little monument, took the usual pictures, and headed back to the truck. It was a 2 1/3 mile walk in and out.

Expedition Success.



Michael5000 and Mrs.5000 earned the Virgin Graticule Achievement
by being the first to reach any hashpoint in the (43, -118) graticule, here, on 2011-07-17.
2011-07-17 43 -118 sign.JPG