I'll confirm that a level 46 BTN can gather clusters. Since your gear won't be good enough to uncover the hidden nodes on the first swing, be sure to eat some food to get your Gathering up so you don't have to waste more than two swings digging through the "out of reach" slot you want. Also make sure you have enough GP available to boost the gathering rate 50% each time, or else you'll waste your remaining four swings on misses.
These are unspoiled nodes, so you need to keep Truth of Forests up, and kind of park yourself in the tunnel that sits in between where the nodes pop, with Stealth on. Also, nodes only pop between 1AM and 9AM, so once you're done for the morning, you might as well go do something else.
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