Eastern Sierra Hike Reports

Backpacking Minaret Lake Loop & Climb Volcanic Ridge in Mammoth

The Minaret Lake Loop is one of the most popular and picturesque areas near Mammoth Lakes. There are many options to day hike or overnight camp in Ansel Adams Wilderness – learn about climbing the Volcanic Ridge (11,506 ft) as well to get an eye-level view of the Minarets!

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Eastern Sierra Hike Reports

Hike Big Pine Lakes to all Seven Lakes and Climb Cloudripper

Cloudripper is the 58th tallest peak in California and the tallest in the Inconsolable Range of the Eastern Sierra Mountains. It can be easiest accessed from Big Pine Lakes through a class two scramble at the end of seventh lake. Read on to hike through the glacial lakes and end up at a 13er!

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Hike Reports National Parks Road Trips

Paddle & Hike Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon is one of USA’s most beautiful slot canyon and paddling to it is the only way to hike it right now. Read on to find out how to experience this popular Navajo Nation slot canyon.

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Gear Guide

My Favorite Gear from the REI Memorial Day Sale 2021

Camping & hiking season is here and so are the sales! REI has its annual sale from May 21-31 and I’ve put together a guide of some of my favorite gear that’s on sale now. I’ve been hiking/ backpacking/ camping for 6-7 years and only recommend the gear I personally use and love! **This post […]

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Hike Reports LA / SoCal Trails

Climb Mount Baldy in the Winter via Mountaineers Route

Climbing Baldy Bowl on a dry season in Southern California

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Eastern Sierra Hike Reports

Matterhorn Peak: First Time Winter Mountaineering and Snow Camping

HIKE TO: Matterhorn Peak TRAILHEAD: Twin Lakes MILES: 12.6 miles TIME: 3d/2n DATE I WENT: Feb 26-28, 2021 DIFFICULTY: that depends if you’re scared of heights like me I guess ELEVATION: 12,285 ft ELEVATION GAIN: 5798 ft PERMIT: yes LOCATION: Hoover Wilderness, Eastern Sierra *photos in collab with Chris Brinlee Jr* NOTE: I lost my […]

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Hike Reports Road Trips

Chasing Hot Springs on the Colorado River in Nevada & Arizona

VISIT: 5 Natural Hot Spring + Emerald Cave Option LOCATION: Colorado River between Hoover Dam and Willow Beach (NV/AZ) TIME: half-full day (7 hrs for me, depending how long you spend at the springs) DATE I WENT: 2/23/21 BEST TIME TO VISIT: Spring When I think of the desert and the Colorado River, hot springs […]

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Hike Reports LA / SoCal Trails

Hike Mount Lawlor 5928 ft. in Angeles National Forest

HIKE TO: Mount Lawlor TRAIL: Strawberry Peak Trail > Firebreak MILES: 4.55 miles loop TIME: 2:43 hr DATE I WENT: 2/14/20 DIFFICULTY: moderate ELEVATION: 5928 ft ELEVATION GAIN: 1309 ft PARKING PERMIT: yes LOCATION: Angeles National Forest Mount Lawlor (5928 ft) in Angeles National Forest is a relatively easy and short hike in the Angeles […]

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Hike Reports Road Trips

Ice Climbing in Ouray, Colorado

My first-time ice climbing and the struggles with a fear of heights TRIP OBJECTIVE: Learn to ice climb LOCATION: Ouray Ice Park, Colorado TRIP DATES: Jan 15-19, 2021 CLIMBING DATES: Jan 16 & 17 PHOTOS IN COLLAB WITH: Chris Brinlee Jr This month, my friend and I drove out to Colorado to try ice climbing […]

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Hike Reports LA / SoCal Trails

Hike Strawberry Peak via Mountaineer’s Route

HIKE TO: Strawberry Peak TRAIL: Mountaineer’s Route from Colby Canyon MILES: 6.46 miles out and back TIME: 2:47 hrs up, 2:17 hrs down DATE I WENT: 12/20/20 DIFFICULTY: moderate ELEVATION: 6165ft ELEVATION GAIN: 2684 ft PARKING PERMIT: yes LOCATION: Angeles National Forest Strawberry Peak’s Mountaineer’s Route is considered a class 2-3 climb, meaning it’s a […]

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Hike Reports LA / SoCal Trails

Hike Iron Mountain via Heaton Flats

HIKE TO: Iron Mountain (aka Big Iron Mountain, Iron Mountain #1) TRAIL: Heaton Flats Trail > Iron Mountain Trail MILES: 13.94 miles (out & back) TIME: 4:37 hours up, 3:!6 hours down DATE I WENT: 12/13/20 DIFFICULTY: strenuous ELEVATION: 7981 ft ELEVATION GAIN: 5981 ft (6856 ft gross) PARKING PERMIT: yes LOCATION: Angeles National Forest/ […]

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Hike Reports LA / SoCal Trails

Short Hike to a Swimming Hole in Stoddard Canyon

HIKE TO: Stoddard Canyon Falls MILES: 1.25 miles (out & back) TIME: 15-20 mins one-way DATE I WENT: 8/15/20 DIFFICULTY: easy ELEVATION: 3653 ft ELEVATION GAIN/ LOSS: 188 ft HIKE PERMIT: no PARKING PERMIT: yes LOCATION: Angeles National Forest / Mount Baldy Wilderness Preserve / San Gabriel Mountains *please note Google maps currently shows this […]

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Hike Reports LA / SoCal Trails Trip Guides/ Itineraries

3 Hikes in Lake Arrowhead: Plan a Weekend Getaway

TRIP DATES: November 13-15, 2020 LOCATION: San Bernardino Mountains (Crestline/ Lake Arrowhead) CAMP: Thousand Pines via Campspot HIKES: Hot Spring, Heart Rock, & Pinnacles National Take a Hike Day 2020 There are 60k+ trails in the National Trail System and with the convenience of a cabin near Lake Arrowhead this past weekend, I got to […]

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Hike Reports LA / SoCal Trails

Hike to Bighorn Peak in Angeles National Forest

HIKE TO: Bighorn Peak TRAIL: Icehouse Canyon > Ontario Peak Trail MILES: 10.57 miles (out & back) TIME: 4:39 hrs (4 hr moving time) DATE I WENT: 10/25/20 DIFFICULTY: moderate ELEVATION: 8441 ft ELEVATION GAIN/ LOSS: 3428 ft HIKE PERMIT: no PARKING PERMIT: yes LOCATION: Angeles National Forest/ San Bernardino National Forest, Cucamonga Wilderness Icehouse […]

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Eastern Sierra Hike Reports

Hike Mammoth Crest to Deer Lakes

HIKE TO: Deer Lakes, Duck Lake, Pika Lake, Barney Lake TRAIL: Mammoth Crest to Duck Pass MILES: 16.44 miles TIME: 7:17 hrs moving time (1 night) DATE I WENT: 7/4/20 – 7/5/20 DIFFICULTY: moderate ELEVATION: 11254 ft ELEVATION GAIN/ LOSS: 3748 ft HIKE PERMIT: yes for overnight backcounty camping, no for day hikes PARKING PERMIT: […]

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Eastern Sierra Hike Reports

Parker Lake

HIKE TO: Parker Lake TRAIL: Parker Lake Trail MILES: 3.73 miles out and back TIME: 1:23 hrs DATE I WENT: 6/28/20 DIFFICULTY: easy ELEVATION: 8341 ft ELEVATION GAIN/ LOSS: 720 ft HIKE PERMIT: no for day hikes, yes for overnight PARKING PERMIT: no LOCATION: Eastern Sierra/ Inyo National Forest/ Ansel Adams Wilderness Parker Lake Trail […]

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Gear Guide Hike Reports Travel Tips

Resource Guide for How to Plan An Epic Backpacking Trip

How do you find this spot? What do you use to track your hikes? How do I download a track? How do you check the weather for your camp location? What gear do you recommend? These are questions I get asked often and although the answers may seem like common knowledge to veteran hikers, I […]

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Hike Reports

White Mountain Peak, 14252 ft: California’s 3rd Tallest Peak

HIKE TO: White Mountain Peak TRAIL: White Mountain Trail/Road MILES: 14.8 miles out and back TIME: 7:11 hrs (6:16 hrs of moving time) DATE I WENT: 6/27/20 DIFFICULTY: moderate ELEVATION: 14252 ft ELEVATION GAIN/ LOSS: 3485 ft HIKE PERMIT: no PARKING PERMIT: no LOCATION: White Mountains Wilderness Area/ Inyo National Forest White Mountain Peak is […]

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Gear Guide Hike Reports

Summer Hiking Essentials: Protect Your Skin from the Sun

Summer is here and I’ve put together a quick pack list of some of my must-have items for hiking in the sun & heat! While you are out enjoying the trails, lakes, camp, or beach, make sure to protect your skin from UV rays! 5 Must-Have Pack Items for Summer Outdoors Sun Block There are […]

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Eastern Sierra Hike Reports Hiking Trip Reports

Big Pine South Fork, Hike to Finger Lake

HIKE TO: Finger lake TRAIL: Big Pine South Fork MILES: 10.74 miles out and back TIME: 8:05 hrs (1 night) DATE I WENT: 6/13-14/20 DIFFICULTY: strenuous ELEVATION: 10789 ft ELEVATION GAIN/ LOSS: 3568 ft HIKE PERMIT: yes for overnight camping PARKING PERMIT: no LOCATION: Eastern Sierra, Inyo National Forest I’ve been wanting to hike here […]

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Hike Reports LA / SoCal Trails

Cooper Canyon Falls, Waterfall Hike in Angeles National Forest

HIKE TO: Cooper Canyon Falls TRAIL: Burkhart Trail MILES: 3 miles out and back TIME: 1:20 hrs DATE I WENT: 5/17/20 DIFFICULTY: easy ELEVATION: 5630 ft (bottom of the falls) ELEVATION GAIN/ LOSS: 828 ft HIKE PERMIT: no PARKING PERMIT: yes, adventure pass LOCATION: Angeles National Forest, Los Angeles/ Southern California Unfortunately, Cooper Canyon Falls […]

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Gear Guide Hike Reports

Best Leggings to Hike In

One of the questions I get the most often is what leggings do I recommend for hiking… so I’m finally putting my top picks in a blog post for you! If you’ve been following my journey for a while, you’ll see I only hike in leggings or shorts. A couple of things to keep in […]

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Hike Reports LA / SoCal Trails

Portuguese Bend Reserve: Hike South Bay

The Portuguese Bend Reserve took me by surprise – this beautiful coastal hike in the Southbay is a great option this time of year because the rain makes everything green and the wildflowers already started to bloom. The Portuguese Bend Reserve has a system of many interconnected trails with one main fire road (Burma Rd) […]

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Eastern Sierra Hike Reports

Convict Lake Trail: Day Hike Easy Loop Near Mammoth

HIKE TO: Convict Lake TRAIL: Convict Lake Trail MILES: 2.57 miles TIME: 1.25 hrs DATE I WENT: 2/01/20 DIFFICULTY: easy ELEVATION: 7680 ft ELEVATION GAIN/ LOSS: 98 ft HIKE PERMIT: no PARKING PERMIT: no LOCATION: Eastern Sierra mountains near Mammoth Lakes, CA Convict Lake is a very popular tourist destination in the Summer; the beautiful, […]

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Hike Reports LA / SoCal Trails National Parks

Hike South Mt Hawkins

HIKE TO: South Mount Hawkins TRAIL: Windy Gap Trail > South Mt Hawkins Trail > Hawkins Ridge Trail MILES: 9.33 miles TIME: 3:40 hrs DATE I WENT: 11/10/19 DIFFICULTY: easy ELEVATION: 7760 ft ELEVATION GAIN/ LOSS: 1943 ft HIKE PERMIT: no PARKING PERMIT: yes, adventure pass LOCATION: Angeles National Forest, Los Angeles/ Southern California Day […]

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Hike Reports National Parks

Bryce Canyon National Park in the Winter

Top 4 Hiking Trails & Viewpoints to See When Visiting Bryce Canyon in the Winter Bryce Canyon National Park is very different in the Summer and Winter; in fact, Winter is the only time I absolutely love visiting this national park. It’s less crowded and looks like a magical fairytale winter wonderland with the contrast […]

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Hike Reports

Hidden Pinyon Overlook in Snow Canyon State Park

HIKE TO: Hidden Pinyon TRAIL: Hidden Pinyon Trail MILES: 1.69 mi TIME: 1 hr DATE I WENT: 12/15/19 DIFFICULTY: easy  ELEVATION: ft  ELEVATION GAIN/ LOSS: 146 ft  HIKE PERMIT: no ENTRANCE FEE/ PARKING: yes PET FRIENDLY: no LOCATION: Snow Canyon State Park, St. George, Utah If you’re short on time but want to get in […]

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Gear Guide Hike Reports

Snow Hiking Basic Safety Guidelines

Pack list for beginner snow hikers (day hikes only) + basic safety tips If you’re new to snow hiking and not sure where to start… we’ve all been there. The two questions I got the most from snow hikes are: wasn’t it cold & did you have microspikes… so I’ve prepared a winter day hike […]

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Hike Reports

Best of 2019 Hikes

2019 has been a year filled with lots of new adventures along with some old favorite trails. I’ve put together a list of my top 9 hikes from 2019 according to the Top 9 posts you guys liked the most this past year. Blanca Lake, Washington Henry M Jackson Wilderness Area in the Cascade MountainsThe […]

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Hike Reports LA / SoCal Trails

Snow Hike to Smith Mountain Saddle

HIKE TO: Smith Saddle (the saddle before Smith Mountain) TRAIL: Upper Bear Creek Trail MILES: 5.98 mi TIME: 4:05 hr total time, 3:18 hr moving time DATE I WENT: 11/30/19 DIFFICULTY: easy  ELEVATION: 4291 ft  ELEVATION GAIN/ LOSS: 982 ft  HIKE PERMIT: no LOCATION: San Gabriel Mountains in Angeles National Forest, California This past Thanksgiving […]

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Road Trips Travel Tips

How I Can Afford to Travel

Tips to Roadtrip on a Budget How do you afford your lifestyle? Where do you get the money for your trips? Do you come from money or have a sugar daddy? How do you get sponsored for your trips? As you can imagine, these are the questions I get all the time and the answer […]

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Eastern Sierra Hike Reports

Fall 2019 in the Eastern Sierra Mountains

Here’s a collection of spots I have visited up and down the 395 hwy in the last month. The Fall foliage is in the Eastern Sierra mountains is still around but disappearing quickly so check it out soon before the colors are all gone! McGee Creek – Mammoth Lakes, CA Date visited: Oct 18-19, 2019Fall […]

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Hike Reports

Skyline to the Sea Trail: Backpack Through Two CA State Parks

HIKE TO: Big Basin Redwoods, Waddell Beach, Santa Cruz TRAIL: Skyline to the Sea Trail MILES: 32.1 mi TIME: 3 days/ 2 nights DATE I WENT: 10/31/18 – 11/2/18 DIFFICULTY: easy ELEVATION: 3074 ft (at Castle Rock State Park trailhead)  HIKE PERMIT: yes LOCATION: 2 California State Parks = Castle Rock State Park & Big […]

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Hike Reports

Backpack to Island Lake, San Juan National Forest, Colorado

HIKE TO: Island Lake & Ice Lake TRAIL: Ice Lake Trail MILES: 7.61 mi TIME: 2 night (2:38 hr in to Island Lake; 1:55 hr out from Ice Lake) DATE I WENT: 8/30/19 – 9/1/19 DIFFICULTY: somewhat strenuous ELEVATION: 12403 ft  ELEVATION GAIN/ LOSS: 2525 / 2483 ft  HIKE PERMIT: no (I recently read it […]

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Eastern Sierra Hike Reports

Intro to Packrafting

July 15-20, 2019Author: Tiffany Lin | Photographer: Mina Lee + Tiffany’s iPhoneLocation: Lake TahoeBoat Model: Rogue Lite If you know me, you’ll know I’m not much of a water person. I’m actually scared of the big, open water and can’t tolerate being in cold water very well. Two years ago, I went to a beginner’s […]

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Gear Guide

Best 3 Hiking Shoe Recommendations in 2021

What is the best hiking shoe? The Lowa Renegade is a sturdy hiking boot that will protect your toes and fit so comfortably that I didn’t need to break it in. For faster hikers, an ultralight option is the Adidas Terrex Fast Surround. The Continental Rubber soles provide great grip for lightweight hiking shoes. What […]

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Hike Reports National Parks

Lakes Trail to Pear Lake, Sequoia National Park

HIKE TO: Heather Lake, Aster Lake, Emerald Lake and Pear Lake TRAIL: The Lakes Trail MILES: 12.4 miles (15.4 miles according to my tracker) TIME: 1 night (3:30 hr in, 3:45 hr out) DATE I WENT: 10/13/18 – 10/14/18 DIFFICULTY: moderate  ELEVATION: 9629 ft  ELEVATION GAIN/ LOSS: 2625/423 ft  HIKE PERMIT: yes for overnight camping LOCATION: […]

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Hike Reports Trip Guides/ Itineraries

One Weekend in Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

This blog post combines two separate half-day trips, but if you start in the morning, you can pack all this into one full day or a leisurely weekend trip! I pass Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada on EVERY Southwest road trip and always told myself I would stop by on the way home […]

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Eastern Sierra Hike Reports

Backpacking Duck Pass Trail

HIKE TO: Barney Lake, Duck Pass, Duck Lake, and Pika LakeTRAIL: Duck Pass TrailMILES: 5.6 miles one wayELEVATION GAIN: 1739 ftMAX ELEVATION: 10502 ftTIME: 2 days/ 1 night (or you can day hike it 3.5 hr one way)DATE I WENT: 9/1 – 9/2, 2018DIFFICULTY: moderate backpacking trailHIKE PERMIT: yes, wilderness permit required for backcountry campingLOCATION: […]

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Eastern Sierra Hike Reports

Kearsarge Pass: Solo Wilderness Trip

HIKE TO: Kearsarge Pass TRAILHEAD: Kearsarge Pass Trail MILES: 9.3 miles out and back TIME: 1 night (commonly done as a day hike) DATE I WENT: 8/17/18 – 8/18/18 DIFFICULTY: moderate ELEVATION: 11,760 ft ELEVATION GAIN: 2,595 ft PERMIT: no for day hikes, yes for overnight camping LOCATION: Inyo National Forest, Eastern Sierra Last August […]

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Eastern Sierra Hike Reports

Mt Whitney: Day Hike vs. Overnight Hike

Mount Whitney 14,505 ft… It’s the tallest mountain in the continental US and I’ve been fortunate to summit it 3 times now as both day hikes and an overnight backpacking trip. I have been asked which one is better… so let me break it down for you. 2020 Permits: click to apply for the lotto from 2/1 until 3/15 […]

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Hike Reports National Parks Road Trips Trip Guides/ Itineraries

Death Valley: 24 Hour Trip

Trip date: Dec 20-21, 2018Death Valley in 24 hours + 5 sightseeing spots for all levels The winter is the best time to visit the desert because of the weather. It’s much cooler temperatures during the day (low 70s when I went) and the evenings were amazing temps as well, around 55 degrees at night. […]

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Hike Reports Trip Guides/ Itineraries

The Wave, North Coyote Buttes: Permit & Hike Info

After 14 months of applying, I finally got lucky and won a permit to visit The Wave. To give you a quick background, “the wave” is officially known as North Coyote Buttes and is part of Paria Canyon/ Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness. It’s one of the most coveted permits and hardest to get because they only […]

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Hike Reports National Parks Trip Guides/ Itineraries

Patagonia (Trip Guide to Exploring Chile & Argentina)

I spent about 2 weeks exploring Patagonia which is the minimum amount of time recommended to me. I went at the end of the summer season and had amazing, almost perfect, weather! The weather is can be unpredictable there so you want to make sure to leave some extra days in case things don’t go as […]

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Gear Guide

Ultralight Backpacking Gear Guide: How to Pack Lighter to Move Faster

Learn how ultralight backpacking can help you become a faster hiker and enjoy your time in the mountains. Get tips on how to drop your overnight backpack weight and my current and top gear recommendations.

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Hike Reports

Backpacking Havasupai

Ultimate Guide for Getting Permits and Trip Planning for Beginners Hike to: Mooney Falls / Beaver Falls / Havasupai Trail:  Havasu Falls Trail Miles:  20 miles out & back (parking lot to Supai: 8 mi | Supai to Mooney Falls: 2mi) Time:  1 overnighter (started 7 am first day, finished 2:30 pm second day). Please note […]

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