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Walk in the footsteps of Hawkeye and Trapper John on ‘MASH’ hike in Calabasas

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017 @ 6:43 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Walk in the footsteps of Hawkeye and Trapper John on ‘MASH’ hike in Calabasas

You can almost hear the “MASH” choppers coming over the ridge at Malibu Creek State Park, which features hiking trails to the show’s outdoor site, shady canyons and plentiful creeks and ponds.

Malibu Creek State Park, in the Calabasas area north of Los Angeles, offers a vast selection of hiking options, including some that touch TV history and some ranch buildings once owned by Ronald Reagan.

With craggy cliffs, creeks and cool, dark ponds, it invites exploration, and probably appeals more to children than most trail systems do. Along the way, look for bundles of mistletoe hanging from the sycamores.

For a solid workout, take Crags Road, and walk into a shady valley toward Forest Trail. On the left, the reservoir. Continue on to the filming site for “MASH” (1972-1983). The distance from parking lot to the TV site is about two miles, much of it uphill.

Once there, explore the remnants of one of television’s most popular shows, including an old jeep and an ambulance, in a setting that stood in for the show’s Korean War exteriors.

On the way back, veer to the right for a tour of Malibu Creek’s water features. The dark ponds are lush and shady and a huge relief from the afternoon heat.

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Striking, Easily Assembled Cabins Will Become Symbols for Shelter and Safety Along Remote Icelandic Trekking Paths

Posted by on Nov 12, 2017 @ 9:02 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Striking, Easily Assembled Cabins Will Become Symbols for Shelter and Safety Along Remote Icelandic Trekking Paths

Stockholm-based architecture firm Utopia Arkitekter has designed Skýli, bright blue cabins that are popping up in one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes. The idea came from a desire to develop a structure which could be easily placed along some of the most famous trekking trails in Iceland. Not only are the lodges striking and beautiful, they can be easily constructed and are built to withstand the harshest weather conditions.

Skýli means “shelter” in Icelandic, and the cabin’s image takes cues from its surroundings. The outer shell of the cabin is painted a bright blue, giving the shelter a characteristic of the colorful housing found in the streets of Reykjavik. Additionally, the repeated triangular gable form making up the structure takes inspiration from the traditional roof shape of Icelandic cabins or huts. The Skýli will be conspicuous against any landscape, making it easy to locate and a notable symbol of shelter and safety.

Skýli were carefully designed to be self-sufficient and fully equipped, and prepared for trekkers in emergency situations. Heating is generated by the people inhabiting the cabin and controlled by small, manually regulated vents installed throughout the four triangular areas. A rainwater catchment system, additionally, filters water into self-draining containers within the outer shell to supply each cabin with water for washing, and once purified, cooking and drinking.

The cabin uses a solar panel and battery to cover basic energy requirements such as lighting and the charging of devices. In addition to this, when these sources are not enough, light and other energy devices can be charged and used through cranking a man-powered generator.

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Thru-Hiking for Type-A Personalities

Posted by on Nov 11, 2017 @ 1:33 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Thru-Hiking for Type-A Personalities

  It has become well accepted scientific fact that hiking can be therapeutic for people. Getting out in nature and getting the blood flowing does wonders for the body, mind, and heart. But thru-hiking—that is, backpacking a long trail like the Appalachian Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail from start to finish—can sometimes seem daunting, something only for the wild ones. Who else would willingly leave civilization to carry everything they need on their backs and live in the woods for the better part of a year?

Most clean-cut, goal-oriented, list-making, certified Type-A persons would not fathom leaving secure jobs to go into such an unstructured environment. Thru-hiking isn’t just for the wanderers. It can also be for planners and list-makers.

Thru-hiking should be a wanderer’s paradise: no rules, no parents, no bosses, no schedule. Type-B personalities would be in their element, living each day as it came and planning no further than their next water and snack break. Sure, you can fly to Atlanta, get an Uber to the top of Springer Mountain, and set off without any plan and still make it to Mount Katahdin by the time Baxter State Park closes in October.

But putting in the effort to plan before hitting the ground hiking pays off. Creating a to-do list, makes this enormous, lifelong goal seem reachable. If you really love planning, you can buy food supplies in bulk to send yourself along the way, saving yourself time and money.

If you’re someone who likes routine, you’ll love long-distance backpacking. Once your body gets used to sleeping outdoors, it’s like clockwork: you rise with the sun and snuggle into your shelter when it’s dark. You know exactly what you’ll eat for every meal. You can plan out how many miles you want to hike, where your destination will be, and find a good pace that works for you.

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Hong Kong’s Best Kept Secrets Revealed

Posted by on Nov 10, 2017 @ 7:07 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Hong Kong’s Best Kept Secrets Revealed

Hong Kong Tourism Board’s (HKTB) newly-launched Great Outdoors campaign and its corresponding Your Guide to Hiking & Cycling in Hong Kong will educate visitors about the wealth of outdoor experiences available. By taking readers into a diverse range of nature trails, all located less than two miles outside of the city, the brand-new guide simplifies the planning for experiencing Hong Kong’s spectacular, nature-filled wonderland. The carefully-selected nature trails highlight the best of Hong Kong’s great outdoors within three different areas: Hiking in Heritage, Picture-perfect Vistas, and Geographical Wonders.

Hiking in Heritage: Hiking in Heritage emphasizes beautiful urban hiking trails around Hong Kong that range from easy to difficult. The luscious greenery along these trails is not only home to stunning views and urban landscapes, but also offers a glimpse into Hong Kong’s storied history and colonial past.

Picture-perfect Vistas: Photography lovers will be wowed by routes like the Magnificent Landscapes trail, which takes hikers up the 869-meter Sunset Peak (so-named for its glorious views of the setting sun) and the remote and romantic Silvermine Bay Beach, through plenty of breathtaking scenery along the way.

Geographical Wonders: Hong Kong’s New Territories are home to diverse geological formations that create eerily beautiful landforms. The natural wonders of Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark include the Sai Kung Volcanic Rock Region and the Sedimentary Rock Region. Both areas were formed between 140-160 million years ago from volcanic materials, and boast diverse geological formations and idyllic-looking islands formed entirely of sedimentary rocks.

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The New England National Scenic Trail

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 @ 11:41 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

The New England National Scenic Trail

The New England National Scenic Trail (NET) is a 215-mile hiking trail route that has been in existence for over half a century. The NET travels through 41 communities in Connecticut and Massachusetts, and is comprised primarily of the historic Mattabesett, Metacomet, and Monadnock (M-M-M) Trail systems.

The NET was designated on March 30, 2009 as part of Public Law 111-11 (Section 5202). The law references the Trail Management Blueprint described in the report titled the ‘Metacomet Monadnock Mattabesett Trail System National Scenic Trail Feasibility Study and Environmental Assessment’, prepared by the National Park Service, and dated Spring 2006, as the framework for trail management and administration.

Since the federal designation in 2009, there have been some noteworthy changes to the historic route, including a 4-mile extension to Long Island Sound in Connecticut and a 22+ mile eastward deviation from the historic Metacomet-Monadnock Trail in Massachusetts.

The NET travels through classic New England landscape features: long-distance vistas with rural towns as a backdrop, agrarian lands, un-fragmented forests, and large river valleys. The trail also travels through colonial historical landmarks and highlights a range of diverse ecosystems and natural resources: mountain ridges and summits, forested glades, wetlands and vernal pools, lakes, streams and waterfalls.

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Meet the man hiking the entire Western Hemisphere

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 @ 8:19 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Meet the man hiking the entire Western Hemisphere

Though the longest possible land journey across the Americas has never before been completed in a single go, Holly Harrison is on the road to making history — he has 15,000 miles under his belt and is feeling just fine.

Stepping back onto American soil on Nov. 3 after setting out in Ushuaia, Argentina on Dec. 17, 2016, the 57-year-old North Carolinian credits good planning with his swift timing. “At night, I never veer more than 50 yards off the road. I’m as efficient as possible,” Harrison told Outside magazine.

The former U.S. Army Ranger and kids’ camp program director has already moved through 12 countries, hiking north through South and Central America, and he won’t stop until he’s reached Prudhoe Bay in Alaska.

If Harrison ─ known as “Cargo” on the trail ─ achieves his goal, he would be only the third person to hike from Patagonia to Alaska, walking the entire Western Hemisphere.

Now Harrison is trying to wrap up the trip in just 20 months and set the fastest time record yet. “People are always telling me, ‘You should see this along the way,’ but I’m in a race,” he said.

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Appalachian Trail Tips for Thru Hikers

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 @ 2:30 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Appalachian Trail Tips for Thru Hikers

According to some estimates as many as 75% of hikers quit the trail. Will you be one of the 25% that successfully completes that hike? It is not an easy trail.

Firstly, you should register your hike with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. It is not compulsory, however, all hikers should register.

Permits to hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park cost $20 and can be obtained online before entering the park. Hiking north this is the first place where hikers need permits. The process is quick and simple.

Similarly, permits to hike through Shenandoah National Park can be obtained at the entrance to the park. They are simple and free to obtain.

Do not be that hiker that starts the trail with a 55 pound backpack filled with a combination of luxury gear and heavy equipment. There are many reasonably priced options to lighten your pack. Also, there is no need to carry 2 weeks worth of food when starting the trail.

At times the rain is enough to make people quit the trail and go home to their warm and dry home. Rather than quitting the trail be prepared for extended periods of rain.

Here are more of the best Appalachian Trail tips you need to successfully thru hike the Appalachian Trail.

 

Happy isolation: hiking the ridges of the Larapinta Trail

Posted by on Nov 6, 2017 @ 8:04 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Happy isolation: hiking the ridges of the Larapinta Trail

Located just outside Alice Springs, the 231km Larapinta Trail traverses the West MacDonnell Ranges national park, the traditional homelands of the Central Arrernte, Western Arrernte and Luritja peoples.

The trail has been in its present form since 2002 and is one of Australia’s premier long-distance walking tracks, alongside Western Australia’s Bibbulmun track and Tasmania’s Overland and Western Arthurs epics.

The Larapinta alternates between high, exceedingly rocky ridges that afford spectacular views, and easier walking over sprawling plains and dry creek beds along the base of the ranges. Hiking through this harsh landscape dominated by reds, greens, yellows and impossibly blue skies, there is a powerful sense of time flowing on a different, deeper level.

Through constant refinements, upgrades and maintenance, Northern Territory Parks & Wildlife rangers have made the trail as safe and accessible as possible. Blue arrow trail markers appear along well-defined paths or nailed to trees in riverbeds and gorges every 500 metres or so, making it difficult to get lost for more than 20 or 30 awkward minutes.

The most significant upgrade is guaranteed water no more than a day’s walk apart, with drinking water available at most designated camp sites.

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The Top 52 Hiker Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Posted by on Nov 5, 2017 @ 7:39 am in Hiking News, News | 0 comments

The Top 52 Hiker Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

1. BURYING YOUR RESERVOIR

Few flubs are more irritating than a leaky water bladder that soaks your pack on the drive to the trailhead. It happens when the pressure of other gear against the bite valve pops it open. So place the reservoir atop everything else en route to ensure it doesn’t get squashed. If your plastic bladder has a leaky seam or small puncture, you can repair it with Seam Grip—the waterproof sealant designed for tents. Empty the bladder first, and allow 24 hours for it to dry.

2. NOT BAGGING DEET-BASED BUG SPRAY

Deet melts nylon and polyester and can damage harder plastics like buckles and water bladders, so toss repellents in a zip-top bag.

3. OVERCONFIDENCE

According to a study of SAR missions in Utah national parks, fatigue, darkness, and insufficient equipment accounted for about 42 percent of rescue calls. Such mishaps, at their root, stem from foolhardy planning. So set sane goals and honestly estimate your hiking speed. Typically assume an average speed of 1 to 2 mph, then adds 30 minutes for every 1,000 feet of elevation gain.

4. NOT SETTING A TURNBACK TIME

This is a recipe for unplanned bivies. If you don’t reach the goal by the turnaround time, go back anyway. Note: The descent often takes half as long as the ascent but that depends on terrain.

5. CAN’T FIND THE TRAILHEAD

The more accessible the trailhead, the more crowded the trail. So finding solitude often means navigating remote, maze-like dirt roads. “For turn-by-turn directions to a trailhead, visit or call the local park or forest recreation managers.”

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How To Be A More Responsible Hiker

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 @ 1:23 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

How To Be A More Responsible Hiker

Setting off into the wilderness on foot is a fantastic way to discover the natural beauty of the place you’re visiting. Hiking may seem like a very eco-friendly choice, and often is; but the irresponsible practices of hikers can have lasting damaging effects on the environment and local communities around you – the very surroundings that you’re there to enjoy.

The beautiful pristine places we enjoy as hikers will not stay that way unless we all take responsibility for keeping them that way. And it really doesn’t take much.

Just follow the rules, use your common sense and a keep a conscientious mind. In this way we can all ensure we’re being responsible hikers and doing our part to protect mother nature and all her beauty that’s shared with us.

It sounds so simple, doesn’t it? If you’re hiking in a national park or protected area, you’ll usually be given park information on entry – sometimes on signs, leaflets to take with you, or even a video to watch. Here’s the thing, though: many people just brush over it.

Whether you’re scaling peaks in the Lake District of the United Kingdom, exploring lush rainforests on the Caribbean island of Grenada or trekking to the end of the earth in South America’s Patagonia region, here are 10 tips for being a more responsible hiker.

 

Has fashion trumped utility on the trail?

Posted by on Nov 2, 2017 @ 3:35 pm in Hiking News | 3 comments

Has fashion trumped utility on the trail?

Net nuzhdy — “There is no need.” That’s what two former Russian soldiers said when asked if they needed to borrow socks to wear with their old boots instead of the rags wrapped around their feet.

Some 20 years ago they were wandering the high country of Washington’s North Central Cascades. At their camp, they were using an ancient alcohol stove for heat, and instead of backpacks, they carried what they needed in burlap bags slung over their shoulders. You would not find these guys on the latest cover of the North Face gear catalog.

Thinking of them recently while considering the slow transformation of trail style over the last decade or two. Does it feel as though an essential part of today’s outdoor experience involves how you look, how little weight you’re shouldering and what technology you’ve somehow found indispensable? Are we no longer allowed to look like slobs when we’re on the trail? Must everything weigh next to nothing? When did form trump function as a buying preference, and who can afford all of this?

Much of the equipment in the backpacking surge 30 years ago might have been bulky and weighty, but it was also affordable and durable. Some of it even came from do-it-yourself kits for sewing everything from tents to gaiters.

Everyone seemed to make do with gear from Army-Navy stores, thrift stores, J.C. Penney, or mom and dad’s back closet. It took some time to work up to a more expensive item or two. These days, show me a Boy Scout, neophyte hiker, college student or someone on a fixed income who can get out of an L.L. Bean store without a bank loan.

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Vets cross paths while hiking cross country

Posted by on Nov 1, 2017 @ 3:44 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

Vets cross paths while hiking cross country

While one veteran begins his hike across America, another group is about to finish one — all in support of their fellow veterans.

Navy veteran Shane Moore, 45, started a hike from Jacksonville Beach, Florida a few weeks ago and passed through Youngstown and Panama City this week while on his way to San Diego, where he hopes to finish in late March. Moore is traveling coast to coast to raise awareness and money for homeless veterans, and is accepting donations for that cause on his website hikeforvets.com.

Meanwhile, the national Team RWB Old Glory Relay plans to pass through Panama City Beach on Nov. 3rd. Team RWB, a nationwide organization that helps “veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity” started in Seattle on Sept. 11 and will complete their trip in Tampa on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2017 carrying an American flag the whole way.

“We would like to involve the community by asking them to set up ‘Wave Stations’ to provide refreshments/snacks and cheer members on as they run by,” the local chapter captain said. “Your business or group would [can] support our members by setting up a station on our route along Highway 98 on Nov. 3rd.”

Moore feels prepared since he already does a lot of backpacking and hiking, and has actively avoided hotels in lieu of setting up camp on the side of the road at night. He carries two gallons of water with him, has a wood stove to cook with and makes sure to carry around oatmeal and protein bars.

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Hiking is now the most popular adventure activity for travelers

Posted by on Nov 1, 2017 @ 10:00 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Hiking is now the most popular adventure activity for travelers

  A new study on adventure tourism has revealed that hiking has become the number one most enjoyed activity for active travelers, overtaking a range of other popular pastimes such as kayaking, scuba diving and horse-riding.

Conducted between 2015 and 2016 by the Adventure Travel Trade Association, the report states that adventure tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors in the industry, worth an estimated $264 billion per year, and highlights the recent trends and preferences of those surveyed.

The project follows extensive research that was carried out in 2006, when the Adventure Travel Trade Association defined adventure tourism as a trip that includes two out of three components; physical activity, cultural exchange, and interaction with nature.

The survey presented respondents with a list of both adventure and non-adventure activities and asked them to mark those in which they had participated in the past and those which they planned to participate in the future. The findings ranked hiking as number one, with 92.3% of people stating that they had done the activity, while over 51% of those surveyed said that they were planning to go hiking in the future.

Other general activities in the top ten included paddle boarding, visiting friends or family, getting to know the locals, kayaking, walking tours, safaris, camping and visiting historical sites.

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“I Think of the Mountain”: History of Hiking in South Korea

Posted by on Oct 31, 2017 @ 12:26 pm in Hiking News | 0 comments

“I Think of the Mountain”: History of Hiking in South Korea

The CIA World Factbook describes South Korea as “mostly hills and mountains.” 64 percent of the country’s land is forest, according to a 2014 report by Korea Forest Service.

Given this geography, hiking naturally is a popular pastime in South Korea. Or is it so natural to assume so? The history of hiking — in its modern form as a popular leisure activity — is actually not that long.

“You first have to define ‘hiking,’” said Nam Sun-woo, the vice president of Korea Alpine Federation, one of the biggest and oldest hiking associations in South Korea.

If hiking refers to climbing a mountain for any purpose, then Koreans have most likely been hiking since the beginning of their history. One of the earliest records of Koreans on a mountain is in Samguk Sagi, a historical record published in the 12th century, which mentions that sometime in 30 BCE, the princes from the ancient kingdom of Goguryeo climbed Bukhansan (in today’s Seoul), to look for a place to settle.

Modern hiking has a more specific meaning, said Nam. It means the mountain isn’t used as a means to accomplishing some specific objective, whether that be military, political, or economic — the mountain becomes the object of adventure and a path to self-discovery.

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A Hidden Irish Paradise of Vertigo-Inducing Fun

Posted by on Oct 31, 2017 @ 7:02 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

A Hidden Irish Paradise of Vertigo-Inducing Fun

By European standards, Ireland’s County Donegal, tucked into the country’s far northwest corner, may as well be Mars. But for adventure travelers, it’s a hidden frontier packed with wind-bitten landscapes to hike or mountain-bike, rowdy coastline to surf, and 500-foot sea stacks to climb. That is, if you’re brave enough.

The county is nearly 1,900 square miles but has only 161,000 residents in its 47 villages and sees just 6 percent of Ireland’s almost nine million annual tourists. Beyond the villages, where the same families have lived for centuries, are heather-covered bogs, quartz and granite cliffs, the Derryveagh mountain range—which rises to 2,467-foot Mount Errigal—and empty white-sand beaches lined with tropical-looking cabbage palms. The topography is reminiscent of Tasmania or the Falkland Islands, but Donegal is accessible via an hour-long flight from Dublin.

Over a stone bridge spanning whitewater, up a muddy path, and through a heather pasture where sheep nurse their lambs, you reach the base of a knife-edge ridge in Donegal. Known as Sturrall Headland, it juts 2,624 feet into the North Atlantic and drops 590 feet into the sea. From the landward side, the route to the top looks like a T. rex spine.

It takes an obsessive athlete to engage with the fierce coastline in Ireland’s far northwest corner. Seaside cliffs stretch on for miles, often there are four seasons in a day, and ocean temperatures average 48 degrees. Climbers, hikers, surfers, kayakers, windsurfers, and sailors need technical skills, extensive knowledge of tides, and the patience to wait out lethal conditions.

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How an adventurer intends to walk 7,500 miles with a camel named Kingston

Posted by on Oct 30, 2017 @ 11:52 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

How an adventurer intends to walk 7,500 miles with a camel named Kingston

Global adventurer Karl Bushby is preparing for his 7,500-mile walk – on a camel named Kingston after his home city.

The former paratrooper, who is hoping to become the first person to walk an unbroken path around the world, is joining six other hardened trekkers for the next leg of his journey.

Called ‘Steppes To The West’, the journey will take the team, supported by ten Bactrian camels, from the heart of Mongolia to Europe, tracing the ancient Silk Road down through Asia, the old Persian and Ottoman empires.

Karl, 48, who will only be using Kingston to carry equipment and supplies, said: “Humanity was born of exploration, great horizons and the need to survive. From the day we walked up right, epic journeys have been our primordial legacy, it’s written into the fabric of everything that makes us, our history and our future.

“Steppes To The West, an impossible journey, is the very essence of adventure, steeped in challenges, textured with history. We carry our ancestor’s tale proudly into the 21st century.”

Once Mongolia – one of the world’s most sparsely populated countries – is tackled, the team intends to cross into China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Austria, Germany and France, before finishing in London in around 2021.

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Continental Divide Trail, from New Mexico to Montana, will challenge hikers

Posted by on Oct 30, 2017 @ 7:59 am in Hiking News | 0 comments

Continental Divide Trail, from New Mexico to Montana, will challenge hikers

Bored with your extracurricular activities lately? Now’s the season to hike some outstanding Bureau of Land Management trails. While there are several trails the public can enjoy in the Las Cruces area, there’s one in southern New Mexico that will challenge a hiker’s skills and add some miles to their soles.

We’re talking about the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDNST). Congressionally designated in 1978, the CDNST navigates through diverse BLM-managed lands in New Mexico, Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana.

While a weekend may only allow for hiking the southern terminus of the trail, the effort will introduce hikers to the BLM Big Hatchet Mountains Wilderness Study Area.

In New Mexico, the CDNST crosses approximately 770 miles of federal, state and private lands. Did you know the CDNST is considered the “King of Trails,” more difficult than the Appalachian and Pacific Crest trails?

Hiking the CDNST requires thoughtful planning and making sure everything is in order for a safe and successful experience. Having current information, maps and GPS, will ensure hikers have a good perspective of the trail’s terrain, difficulty and special requirements.

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