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Aug 30 2019
OdinWiski
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47 male
 Joined Jan 31 2015
 Chandler, AZ
Maxwell Trail #37Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Aug 30 2019
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We were glad that we did this little overnighter on Friday. As we came back up late Saturday morning, dozens of people were heading down into the canyon. The rain in the surrounding areas Friday afternoon cooled it off quite a bit. I was dreading the hot and muggy feeling down in the canyon before we went, but was pleasantly surprised by how cool and comfortable it was once we got down there.
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Jul 31 2019
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 Chandler, AZ
Bean and Bear Lakes Loop, MN 
Bean and Bear Lakes Loop, MN
 
Hiking avatar Jul 31 2019
OdinWiski
Hiking7.68 Miles 1,215 AEG
Hiking7.68 Miles   4 Hrs   27 Mns   2.08 mph
1,215 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
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We took a day trip from Aitkin MN where the week-long family vacation was by Hammal Lake up north to the Northern Shore Lake Superior. This was one of the stops we made. Temperatures were in the mid 70s, but felt warm.

The Trail took off from the parking lot and went up and into forests immediately. Well groomed trail lined with birches, maples, pines and oaks - very pleasant except at times it got stuffy and warm because of lack of breeze. Views of Lake Superior came into view after a little over a mile as we went up. About 3.5-4 miles in we got to Bean Lake. It was indeed shaped like a bean :) the trail continued on along the east tall bank of the lake and offered a nice overlook of the lake. Soon Bear Lake came into view briefly before the trail descended into the forest again. There’s a spur trail that led to the shore of Bear but we skipped it and climbed up to the overlook for lunch and enjoy the view of both lakes at once. I picked a bunch of fire cherries and wild raspberries. They were all over the place. We then hiked away from Bear Lake and took the other side of the lasso through the forests to get back out to the parking lot. We ran into a few groups during the hike but it wasn’t crowded at all.
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Jul 31 2019
OdinWiski
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47 male
 Joined Jan 31 2015
 Chandler, AZ
Northern Shore Wandering, MN 
Northern Shore Wandering, MN
 
Hiking avatar Jul 31 2019
OdinWiski
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Some of the stops we made on our Northern Shore day trip in MN after our Bean Bear hike.
Fauna
Fauna
Raccoon
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Jul 06 2019
OdinWiski
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47 male
 Joined Jan 31 2015
 Chandler, AZ
Pacheta FallsAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 06 2019
OdinWiski
Hiking3.25 Miles
Hiking3.25 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.30 mph
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The last day of our White Mountains getaway, we went to the Pacheta Falls. Many outfits sell the Black River Special Use permits on the drive in from Showlow. We used the track from Tortoise Hiker, which approached the fall from along the creek. On our drive in not far from where we parked, we saw a big bore, probably a healthy 350 plus lbs - in a ravine. The biggest AZ bear I'd seen. While he took off running, he stopped a few times to check us out. But we were not able to get a pic of it because of the bumpy ride. It sure was exciting though. The fall itself was spectacular. I went down the chute into the canyon and explored to the bottom of the fall while wife waited on the rim with Wiski. Not easy to drive to, but certainly worth the effort if you're in the area!
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Jul 05 2019
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47 male
 Joined Jan 31 2015
 Chandler, AZ
Thompson Trail #629Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Backpack avatar Jul 05 2019
OdinWiski
Backpack5.00 Miles
Backpack5.00 Miles
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Day/Night 2 of our White Mountains getaway. After stopping by to hang out and have lunch at the Big Lake, we went to the Thompson trail. This was such a beautiful stroll! Quite a number of anglers doing their things along the creek. We camped at a spot just before the end of the trail. Explored and had a relaxing night. Some weather rolled in with some drizzling, but it was never too bad. Hiked back out the next morning.
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Jul 04 2019
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47 male
 Joined Jan 31 2015
 Chandler, AZ
West Baldy Trail #94Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Backpack avatar Jul 04 2019
OdinWiski
Backpack8.00 Miles
Backpack8.00 Miles
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Our plan to take some friends who had never backpacked before on some easy but scenic trails in the White Mountains as introductions didn't work out, as they had to work during the 4th of July holiday. But we still decided to go into the area to escape the heat. We drove out in the morning on the 4th and got to the West Baldy TH about 1:30. Hiked in about 4 miles just before the climb at the end of the meadows and found a spot that wasn't taken, which was better than the one we were thinking about setting up camp at but was taken. The trail was for sure very busy on a holiday! But the spot was tucked away and fairly secluded. We set up camp and explored a bunch. Had a lazy morning next day and did more exploring. Hiked back out in pleasant overcast. This was our first night in the area.
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May 10 2019
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47 male
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 Chandler, AZ
Tramway Maxwell LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar May 10 2019
OdinWiski
Backpack9.46 Miles 1,205 AEG
Backpack9.46 Miles
1,205 ft AEG
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We haven't been out for a while between traveling and other commitments. Wanted to do a short overnighter with some water features. This one fit the bill nicely. A few years ago when I hiked this one, I dropped down from Maxwell. This time we took the other side after parking at the fork and road hiking to the Tramway TH.

The big views overlooking the canyon and the creek in either direction on top of Tramway were great. And so were a few views on the way down. Once at the bottom, we took a snack break and explored a whole bunch before continuing through the canyon toward Maxwell. It was lush and green along the creek. Some sections were pretty overgrown and bushwhacking was not fun. At one point, we decided to wade through the creek instead. The water was refreshing at first but soon started to feel cold. We got to the camp site near the bottom of Maxwell and set up camp there. It was a wonderful camp site with no one around. Two day hikers were all we saw earlier and for the rest of our time there. We then explored farther out before dinner. Sleeping right next to the babbling creek was wonderful!

The next morning we took our time getting up and breaking down camp. When we worked our way up Maxwell, the weather was great. Once we got on top though, as we were hiking the road, it got really dark quickly. Then hail sizes of small marbles poured down. And lightning and cracking thunders felt pretty close. It didn't seem like it would pass any time soon. We put on our rain gear and kept hiking back to our truck in the rain, hail and mud. It was a wonderful time!
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Mar 15 2019
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47 male
 Joined Jan 31 2015
 Chandler, AZ
Bear Mountain Trail #54Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2019
OdinWiski
Hiking6.09 Miles 2,530 AEG
Hiking6.09 Miles   5 Hrs      1.35 mph
2,530 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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Bro-in-law and his wife were in town visiting from MN to escape from the cold and snow. We thought this would be a nice hike for them that was not too long but offered a nice workout and iconic Sedona views. It did not disappoint. Last time we did this it was a lot warmer for Wiski. This time it was cooler and super windy although she was a couple of years older now at 11.5 and all the rock hopping was not that forgiving on the back and hind legs. She got up on top just fine, but we saw quite a number of dogs on the trail and none got to the top. We roamed on the summit for about 30 minutes before heading back down to the car. Afterwards, we took them to the GC South Rim for sunset and sunrise views. The wind on the Rim was brutal Saturday morning.
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Jan 19 2019
OdinWiski
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 Joined Jan 31 2015
 Chandler, AZ
Less Snowbabe, AZ 
Less Snowbabe, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2019
OdinWiski
Hiking9.15 Miles 2,035 AEG
Hiking9.15 Miles   6 Hrs   5 Mns   1.80 mph
2,035 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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Having seen Chumley's snowbabe photosets, we wanted to play in the snow a bit too. A friend of ours came along. I wasn't sure whether we'd have much snow left below and on the rim because of the warm weather and lack of new snowfall in Payson last week. When we got to the Hatchery, there was barely any sign of snow and we could only see some lingering snow on the west facing side of the rim from below. So we left our snowshoes in the truck.

There pretty much wasn't any snow left on the climb up the rim until the trail started leveling out. On either side of 300 there was probably less than a foot and once we dropped down in the valley, there was probably about 2 feet of snow. But the trail blazed by Chumley made it fairly easy without any flotation, coupled with the fact that the snow was more packed down now. We did post-hole some as we were nearing the lake. The accumulation on the lake had melted away quite a bit from the warm weather. Could still see clearly the tracks Chumley left. Saw one other person on 300 who made his own trail up from the Hatchery and went down on Babe Haught. Wish there had been a lot more snow, but it was a beautiful day to hike in with great visibility.
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Jan 04 2019
OdinWiski
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47 male
 Joined Jan 31 2015
 Chandler, AZ
Devil's Bridge Trail #120Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 04 2019
OdinWiski
Hiking1.80 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking1.80 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   0.90 mph
500 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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I had family in town visiting. So we took them on this little hike. Because of our lazy 11:00 start, it was very crowded. That coupled with the fact that a lot of sections of it were frozen over and super slippery, there were a lot of traffic jams at those two sections of icy stairs before you top out where 6-8 from one direction would go while the rest of the crowds waited. Red rocks with snow = pretty.
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Nov 22 2018
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 Chandler, AZ
Picketpost Mountain SummitGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 22 2018
OdinWiski
Hiking4.76 Miles 2,044 AEG
Hiking4.76 Miles   3 Hrs   55 Mns   1.39 mph
2,044 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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Did this on Thanksgiving morning. It was overcast the entire time and super pleasant hiking weather. Hazy in the early-mid morning, but became clearer by late morning. Saw two single hikers and one couple. We really enjoyed this hike.
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Nov 09 2018
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 Joined Jan 31 2015
 Chandler, AZ
Six Shooter - Pinal Peak - Telephone, AZ 
Six Shooter - Pinal Peak - Telephone, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 09 2018
OdinWiski
Hiking14.80 Miles 4,044 AEG
Hiking14.80 Miles   8 Hrs   4 Mns   2.28 mph
4,044 ft AEG   1 Hour   34 Mns Break
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Started around 9:30 and the temps were close to 50. All day it felt like it was in the 50's and most of the hike was shaded, so it was great hiking weather. Took Six Shooter up to link up to Pinal Peak. Last time I was on Six Shooter a few years ago was a rainy spring day I think. This time it was fall color explosions :y: We really enjoyed this trail. View from the top of Pinal Peak was Ok - it was a bit hazy. We wandered and explored a whole bunch and took the Telephone Trail back down. I have to say that it was kinda bland / low reward. The last mile and a half seemed to be dragging on, especially when the hip that needs replacement was bothering me a lot. Next time we're in this area, we'll probably check out Icehouse Canyon trail instead. Didn't see anyone the entire day. Overall, great weather and beautiful hike.
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Oct 12 2018
OdinWiski
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47 male
 Joined Jan 31 2015
 Chandler, AZ
Turkey Beaver colors, AZ 
Turkey Beaver colors, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Oct 12 2018
OdinWiski
Backpack12.11 Miles 2,456 AEG
Backpack12.11 Miles
2,456 ft AEG
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Weekend hunt for colors. We parked off of 92 and started our hike into the wildlife area Friday late morning. Weather was perfect at pleasant 47 degrees. We started hitting colors quickly and also saw a mama bear and her cub darting away, a cow elk running away, and a bull elk running across 30 yards in front of us. I think I need to learn to hike with phone in hand ready for pics. Bear signs were overwhelming in this area. We wandered our way south, east, then north toward Beaver Canyon, where we set up camp. Evening and night were quiet and peaceful by the babbling creek with a crescent moon and a ton of stars.

Saturday we had a lazy late morning start. Climbed back up from Beaver Canyon and continued making our way a bit north and then looping back west and south. It started sprinkling on us on and off around 11am, but nothing too unpleasant. Saw another elk, 3 mule deer, and a cub (but didn't see its mother). We didn't see another person the entire time for the two days. By the time we were driving out at 1pm, parts of the Rim Road were covered in heavy fog and light drizzles and visibility was no more than 20 yards. Probably lots of rain for the rest of Saturday, but we were enjoying Mexican at La Sierra before heading back to the valley.

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Sep 28 2018
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47 male
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 Chandler, AZ
Haigler Creek via Fishermans PointPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 28 2018
OdinWiski
Hiking4.08 Miles 680 AEG
Hiking4.08 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   1.96 mph
680 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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Nice roam by the creek. Still felt warm. But it was 105 in the valley.
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Sep 14 2018
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 Chandler, AZ
Isabella LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 14 2018
OdinWiski
Hiking7.85 Miles 1,730 AEG
Hiking7.85 Miles   4 Hrs   50 Mns   2.09 mph
1,730 ft AEG   1 Hour   5 Mns Break
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We parked off of Walker and had a late start from the Isabella TH. It was a bit warm, but for the most part we were under the tree cover. When we got to the Spruce Mtn Tower, it was just the start of the break time for the ranger. Waited for a while till that was over and went up and chatted with Sarah for a little while. Nice views from the top of Spruce Mtn. Looped around from the Groom side to come back. Had 5 deer sightings. Nice area!
Named place
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Lynx Lake
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Aug 31 2018
OdinWiski
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47 male
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 Chandler, AZ
East Cabin Loop, AZ 
East Cabin Loop, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Aug 31 2018
OdinWiski
Backpack17.78 Miles 2,600 AEG
Backpack17.78 Miles2 Days         
2,600 ft AEG
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We had a late start and got to U-Bar and 321C at 1300 Friday afternoon. Hiked CCW to Aspen Spring to set up camp. Saturday morning took our time starting out to continue on Houston Brothers to Barbershop. Got back to our car after noon. It was surprisingly quiet on the loop and we only ran into 2 other backpackers doing the same loop clockwise. All the springs were flowing nicely from the recent monsoon.
Named place
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Aspen Spring
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Jun 24 2018
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47 male
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 Chandler, AZ
Indian Ridge via Whistlers SummitAlberta, AB
Alberta, AB
Hiking avatar Jun 24 2018
OdinWiski
Hiking6.60 Miles 2,650 AEG
Hiking6.60 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   1.65 mph
2,650 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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We did this hike the second day after we got in Jasper. It was one of the best hikes in the area and not many people do it. We chose not to hike the portion of the Whistlers Mountain where you could take the Jasper SkyTram up. I'd recommend doing it that way - the hike up the Whislters Mountain is forested and doesn't have much of any view and is the effort you do not have to spend!

From the Upper Tram Terminal, it's close to a mile to the real Whistlers Summit (there's a false summit). The top of Whistlers Summit offers a good view of the town of Jasper and a good view of the Indian Ridge, which is another 3 miles with a lot of climbing. It was super windy!

After we dropped down the other side of the Whistlers Summit, the climb toward Indian Ridge started. We ran into 4 people in 2 groups who had summitted the ridge on our way up. On our way down, we ran into a young couple who were going up, but were not planning on summitting, which probably was a good thing because they seemed fairly inexperienced and were getting lost along the way. It's hard to imagine that there probably were over 2,000 people taking the tram a day and then getting on the summit of Whistlers, but there were fewer than 10 people who'd continue on to summit the Indian Ridge.

Wife waited for me at the false summit while I did the last 30 minutes to the summit, which was somewhat technical and had a lot of exposure with tons of loose scree. It wasn't a pleasant feeling for me while I was focusing on not to lose my footing or grip. One weird thing was along the traverse of a snow bank with exposure, I went along the tracks the previous 4 hikers had made. 3 feet above their tracks, a row of mountain lion tracks were paralleling their tracks traversing across the snow bank. The 360 views on the summit were incredible! Mt. Cavell was clearly visible. Mt. Robson (in the direction of the other side of the ridge) unfortunately was not visible on that day for some reason. I would've loved to traverse the entire ridge, but only went a little ways because I did not feel comfortable about my wife waiting at the false summit after I saw those cat tracks, even though I left the bear spray to her. Coming back down to the false summit was a bit more difficult than climbing up in those steep loose and exposed sections.

Once I was back to the false summit, the hike back was pretty smooth. The air was so much clearer in the late afternoon / early evening compared to the late morning. We had even better views of the mountain ranges and the town of Jasper from the Whistlers Summit.
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Jun 23 2018
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47 male
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 Chandler, AZ
Peyto Lake Waterfowl Lake, AB 
Peyto Lake Waterfowl Lake, AB
 
Hiking avatar Jun 23 2018
OdinWiski
Hiking1.60 Miles
Hiking1.60 Miles
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On our drive from Golden to Jasper on the Icefields Pkwy, we made quite a lot of stops and did a number of short hikes. If you ever visit Peyto Lake, definitely do not linger on the official lookout platform and wait for a hole among the hordes of tourists to stick your phone or camera through to take a pic of the lake. Continue another 1/3 mile along a faint dirt trail and it will lead you to a boulder filled clearing with few people (or no one when we got there!) where there's a much better view of the lake.
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Jun 23 2018
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 Chandler, AZ
Mistaya Canyon Athabasca Glacier, AB 
Mistaya Canyon Athabasca Glacier, AB
 
Hiking avatar Jun 23 2018
OdinWiski
Hiking1.40 Miles
Hiking1.40 Miles
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A few short hikes/walks along the Icefields Pkwy from Banff to Jasper. I'd love to have more time so I can explore Mistaya Canyon fully.
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Jun 23 2018
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 Chandler, AZ
Parker Ridge Trail, AB 
Parker Ridge Trail, AB
 
Hiking avatar Jun 23 2018
OdinWiski
Hiking5.80 Miles 1,050 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles   3 Hrs   5 Mns   2.11 mph
1,050 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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This is one of the hikes we did on our drive from Banff to Jasper along the Icefields Pkwy. If you drive along this scenic highway, this should definitely be one of the stops and it's worth the time and effort to hike to the top of the ridge for grand views of peaks, streams, and glacier!
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