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I would get lazy and forget to go fast again. It was both a peaceful and frightening feeling to be so very remote and on my own. Another new thing was the amazing sounds. I felt a very sharp pain in the ball of my foot that felt like I had been stabbed. This was the 6th trail on the South Rim that I have used to go down into the canyon. There are no crews or aid stations to help. Start Date: Friday, August 2. Right before reaching Horseshoe Mesa, I caught up with a guy and his son resting in the shade, doing a day hike from their camp below. The afternoon temperatures were in the 70s. My thoughts were on many fellow ultrarunners who I knew were sleeping up on the rim, soon to start their R2R2R run in a few hours. If you choose to start your thru-hike in Yosemite, you’ll just need a wilderness permit and you’re ready to undertake the journey. Though NOW… I have to admit that meeting you has been nagging me a bit…. My car was still waiting for me at Bright Angel Trailhead and I quickly drove to take a shower at Mather Campground. The South Kaibab-Tonto Trail-Bright Angel Trail loop does not go to the Colorado River, but is a fantastic day hike that has a little bit of everything: huge views, views of Phantom Ranch and the Colorado River, solitude on the Tonto Trail, and shade and water at Indian Garden. If you thumb through the “Death in the Grand Canyon” book, you will find many entries of people losing their lives on the Tonto Trail in June-August. I needed to go down into the canyon where it would be warmer. I had run out of the water that I had brought down from the rim and was now very thirsty. What was that! I was almost out and dreaded running the next hot five miles without water. Helpful. But I still had two emergency blankets. My climb continued. Vegetation was always more abundant and greener in these canyons and this time of year, each had at least some water in them. I don’t know if sleep ever came. My Hokas just were not keeping the blisters away. I’m definitely itching for another epic after last year’s Pinhoti Trail speed-hike… Anyhow I’d like to throw a small minimalist training argument in your direction. Gee, I have run a 50K in half that time before. Eerie chimneys could be seen off in the distance. I estimate that along that way I climbed at least 13,000 feet. My finishing time for this 77-mile segment of the Tonto Trail was 27:56:51. I kept going back over and over again to the last cairn, but could not figure things out. I discovered that I had more food than I thought, but I only had a few S-caps left, not enough to face another hot afternoon down here. The self-support with a pack makes the entire run that much tougher. During the summer of 2020, the Bush Fire burned 193,455 acres and forced a closure of the Arizona National Scenic Trail that will likely last until Spring of 2021. This is the other realistic danger. A ranger lady called out a greeting. Read Journal... Daddy Longlegs Colorado Trail . To make things hard, it constantly changes back and forth between smooth and rugged. At times it was very slow, but I kept catching and passing hikers going up. The trail goes from Garnet Canyon on the West, to Red Canyon (Hance Rapids) on the East. Going fast, then slow, then fast, was so challenging. When I add up all the miles, I ran 110 miles over the two days at the canyon. Running into a side canyon was always hotter because the sun was in my face and the breeze at my back. A thorn had gone all the way through the bottom of my shoe, through the insole, and deep into my foot. Because of its remote nature, in some sections only a few hikers can be found on it during a week. I always underestimate the difficulty of running fast on this trail. I had early heat stroke symptoms, clammy skin, chills, dizzy, fast respiration, and my left ear was clogged (always does that as I get dehydrated.) The nearest person was camping the night in Ruby Canyon about nine miles away. When I reached the creek, I just filled up and went on my way. We woke up to a delicious home cooked breakfast of potatoes, black beans, corn, cheese, eggs, toast, yogurt, fruit … I tried to suck on Beef Jerky and that helped for awhile, but my stomach was telling me that it wouldn’t let me run fast if I didn’t feed it. A permit is also required to spend a night below the rim, which is typically difficult to obtain. I hate going through that place because of the rugged climbs and thoughts of the Boston Marathon runner who died here. I could actually run up the steep trail. It was quite a sight. At 8:30 a.m., I was off, excited to start what would turn out to be a 110-mile running adventure. As part of that, I also spent about 55 hours running the trail at night. Aww, man, that is some awesome trail out there! There was nothing else to do, so I went to bed. It could be done in October and November but many of the springs and creeks are dry that time of year which would require hauling heavy water for long distances. The trail was much, much fainter. After about 13 miles, I decided to take a detour and run a half mile to peek over the rim of the Grand Canyon. Share. She was very impressed with how far I had already gone. The trail extended toward the river gorge and I wondered if I would see any rafting companies. At about 5:15 a.m., my through-run of the Grand Canyon on the Tonto Trail began! Hot and dry in summer. My feet were in bad pain but my legs were feeling great. 12 Day Grand Canyon Backpacking/Float Adventure/Royal Arch/North Bass/Tonto Shelf - Duration: 1:14:24. Before turning into Hermit, I took another look up the canyon and took in the beautiful sight of the canyon late in the day. I always know where to go to learn the ins and outs of running the Canyon…your blog! There is less exposure on the Tonto than on the corridor trails used by R2R2R runners. Continue switchbacking through Coconino Sandstone and head north along Cedar Ridge (2) through the Supai Group’s blood-red shale. Use instep crampons in winter. Both Horton Creek and Tonto Creek have trout. Day hikers from the rim above started to appear. Running the Tonto Trail June-August could be a death sentence. I have also accomplished feat that many times. I have yet to run into a snake in the Grand Canyon. Hiking the PCT has been a long-gestating goal. I looked up and was able to pick out the area on the rim where I peered down on this canyon yesterday afternoon. My headlamp was on red, so I had the red light, green light effect going on. I even got all turned around once, thought I found the trail, but ended going up the trail I had just come down. The Tonto Trail is the longest continuous stretch of trail in the Grand Canyon. He had only hiked about seven miles today. (The day is two hours longer than the night). I worried that back at my camp, rodents would carry off my food. Many ultrarunners run ACROSS the Grand Canyon and back. I crossed Serpentine canyon (mile 3.9) at 6:35 a.m. Grand Canyon Conservancy is the official nonprofit partner of Castor Temple towering above me looked very impressive. I parked my car at the Bright Angel Trailhead and caught the Hermit Rest shuttle. The main hike I did was down the South Kaibab rail, along the Tonto trail and back up the Bright Angelt trail. You don’t want to do this on the exposed Tonto Trail. I reached Indian Garden (mile 50.4) at midnight. If you shuttle a vehicle, that is 4 hours. It is arguably also the most scenic. The trail goes from Garnet Canyon on the West, to Red Canyon (Hance Rapids) on the East. Camp along East Horseshoe M esa Trail before connecting to the Tonto Trail. This remote station has been abandoned for many years. Here is an example of my first few miles:  20:23, 16:28, 16:58, 24:55, 16:16, 28:41 (feet fixing), 24:20, 25:19, 37:11 (another stop), 21:05, 18:00, 18:11, etc. She noticed my Hokas and I explained all about them. April 22-Around 7, I stepped onto the floor to feel no pain in my foot! I had to stop many times along the way just to gasp and the beauty and take pictures. I chatted with him for about ten minutes explaining what I was attempting to do. I soon found some level and soft ground and was ready for a rest. There were several cars parked there. So I would survive. If I went all the way, that would be only 100 per hour. It is generally not cairned, but if you lose the trail, as is inevitable, youll find it again if you know your overall direction, grateful to be back after having been shredded by the merciless blackbrush, which forms the dominant plant cover on the Tonto platform. As I continued running west, I discovered that the road I was running was being used as a flight path for all the helicopters returning to the airport. During this 87-mile stretch I estimate the Tonto Trail involves climbs of about 10,000 feet. Date of experience: September 2020. Read Journal... Hodge Podge Colorado Trail . I then just needed to be patient and careful. As I rested, I readjusted my plans. I reached dry Boulder Creek (mile 64.8) at 4:54 a.m. I could not find the continuation trail on the other side. Also, if you are in shorts, you really slow down as your try to dodge all the thorny bushes. I used the headlamp to pick out the cairns far ahead and that really saved me a lot of time and kept me on the trail. And those folks who went to Boston thought they were having fun. Over the years, the Tonto trail started as a game trail, then used by Native Americans, then by miners and now mostly by backpackers. This meant that I had to stop to take pictures, take some detours to peer down to the river, etc. In the past two times I ran this section at night, I kept losing the trail between Cremation and Lonetree. It is pretty funny that I didn’t think about all the needles around me in the cacti. I caught some morning shade as I made my way around Mineral Canyon, but soon I hit exposed sun, which kept me company for the rest of the day. Indian Garden to Cottonwood Creek (miles 50-77). Continental Divide Trail Thru Hike 2016. In order to camp down in the canyon, or even hike/run at night in the canyon, you are required to obtain a permit and pay a fee. I also warned them about my stinky state. I cooked up some more soup and felt much better. I struggled for over 15 minutes on this puzzle. In past years, I’ve had difficulty figuring out where the trail continues on the other side of the creek, but this time I knew what to expect. I enjoyed blazing my own trail above this wonder of the world. There was no trail, just tracks from elk and deer. I enjoyed your report as I always do. I decided to cut my run short, skip the last ten miles of the Tonto, and climb out Grandview Trail. She instead died trying to go down to the Colorado River. Great report. I thought I only had about 1200 calories left. When I got your text mid-canyon I was shocked and amazed. At 8:15 a.m. I took my foot out and spied a point sticking up from the insole. Nice run Davy! It was an amazing experience and I am so very thankful for being able to experience this dream run. I know I still had a long way to go. It took them out. When the trail had to go down a little it was so painful that I screamed out at times. I had over 400 waypoints in my GPS which would help keep me on the trail. So my starting point would be at South Bass. I had turned my lights on and the campers at Monument of course noticed my amazing green light. I soon reached the esplanade level of the canyon – a level plateau of red sand. They all wished me luck and were so friendly. Hiked the AT in 2017, check out the journal! My pace was slow. Washouts and rockslides require some route-finding skill. With over 500 miles on my Hokas, I think they were at end of life for something as rugged as this. I think at night it is even easier to run this trail fast because the lights do a better job casting shadows on the rocks, making it easier for you to see and avoid them. If I ever get back there, I’ll be sure to consult your past reports for more info and insight. It sounded like a herd of sheep were in the canyon. Hi Davy! Next morning, trace the rim of the ever-deepening canyon to the Tonto Trail, and turn west. I noticed that they didn’t descend into the canyon, only flew over it. Well, I came close. Only one section of the canyon is open for fly-overs, the section near Hermit and Boucher canyons. It weaves in and out of all the side canyons, attempting to stay up on the Tonto Platform about 500-1000 feet above the Colorado River. Jim R wrote a review Apr 2018. This is really the biggest thing I worry about. Sure enough I lost it. Completed two multi day trips to the Grand Canyon, Angels Landing in Zion NP, numerous hikes in the Canadian Rockies. I wondered if they could see me above them, Travertine Canyon wasn’t that bad in this direction, mostly downhill and I made pretty good time. Snakes. They even took pictures of me. I have climbed that trail twice before so knew what to expect. I needed to start climbing to avoid the heat. Out of water, in the summer heat above 100 degrees, she just couldn’t face the climbs to reach South Kaibab two miles away. Along the way there are bail-out points to climb out of the canyon. Do not take this trail lightly. Seeing the canyon in moonlight is a sight that fails words to describe. Help us raise $150,000 by 12/31 to hit the ground running in 2021. What a waste of time! Tonto connects with Bright Angel Trail amid a grove of cottonwood trees below the spring-fed oasis of Indian Garden. Nicely done, Davy! Wow! I had no problems and remembered certain turns to take on top of ridges. Oh well, I sure enjoyed that rim run. I continued down toward the east junction, looking for a nice place to camp for the night. I enjoyed your report and photos. There is really only one time of the year to do this safely – April, and probably early April. I concentrated harder to keep my pace up and tried not to lose much more time. (Looking at pictures I took of myself, I could see it working its way out. I had run out of water a few miles earlier and noticed a gallon of water on a picnic table. It was getting hot. I started to have terrible blister problems and decided to stop for awhile to work on my feet, put on sunscreen, and put away my lights. Yet one more factor to slow me down is the self-supporting nature of this run. At times I could see it several miles ahead. I was ready to explore a little before dinner, so I ran three miles out and back on section of the Tonto, west of my starting point, where I wouldn’t be running tomorrow. That really surprised me because I knew it would have to be a couple very good ultrarunners. This just wouldn’t work. Thanks! Image via Peretz Partensky. I don’t want people to worry about me if I don’t finish on time. I had caught up with him. Getting injured. The next descent down to the Tonto was much more rugged. It was nice to see people again. I only filled two hand-held water bottles, hoping to refill from snow patches along the way, but I didn’t see any. Hikers seldom follow the entire Tonto Trail, normally using it to connect with rim-to-river routes. You crushed…and I really, really enjoyed the detailed description of your effort. I ran into Turquoise Canyon and it was a beautiful sight. This is probably a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so I made sure I took in the sights along the way. During the autumn, I would never hear these frogs in the canyon. 100-mile race fitness can teach you what to do. The message went through fine. It had been 12 hours since I had seen anyone. After a few miles, I heard buzzing that got louder and louder — helicopters. Another thing that really slowed me down is the beauty of the canyon. When you had blisters at the beginning I knew you were in for it. I thought you were pulling my chain when I asked your name! Foolishly, I decided to just bushwhack to the next GPS waypoint. Start Date: Friday, August 2. I reached Grapevine Creek (mile 71.1) at 7:26 a.m.   A group of backpackers were starting to break their camp and they all came out to greet me with excitement. You have to stop, study the surroundings, back up, and carefully find the trail again. I like to Run Insanely Long & Crazy Distances. I suspect Scott Jurek and Joe Grant covered this segment a couple hours faster in 2010, I’ll try to find out. Three-Mile Resthouse. They don’t last very long. To view the map, click here. It was great fun as I left some hikers way behind me down the trail. It certainly was nice to always have whatever I needed with me in my aid station on my back. Boucher is a huge canyon and requires a massive climb to get out of it. She had seen R2R2R runners before, but never a through-runner on the remote Tonto Trail. Finally I just had to stop and take off my shoe. I guess I could have asked them to refill my water bottles, but they probably wouldn’t have liked that, so I went on. I was kicking myself for not asking you where you’d started, but would never have guessed South Bass! Instead he asked me thoughtful questions about how I accomplished my 77-mile run on the Tonto Trail. Tonto Trail. That waste of time was frustrating. I would run from Grand Canyon Village to South Bass Trailhead (20 miles) and then descend down to the Tonto Trail and camp for the first night. I could hear the roar of Hermit Rapids below me but could not see them down in the dark unknown. So I cut my late afternoon run short and returned, finding my camp undisturbed. They could be the runners that backpackers told you about. There I saw a guy setting up his tent. I reached Lonetree Canyon (mile 61.6) at 3:27 a.m. It felt like I was running pretty fast, so I was always surprised at the time on my Garmin. Views of the river could be seen with the rim far away that I have climbed up before. No one should attempt this through-run without logging some significant experience in the Canyon. These first ten miles seems a little less impressive than other sections of the Tonto. I love the mornings there as the light appears and brings the canyon to life. That would be much more fun. I hoped that I could make it on two bottles. That brought to mind a tragedy many years ago when two planes collided over the canyon killing all aboard both planes. I filled up and treated the water with iodine and was on my way again. I counted up my backpack days across that section… 6 days… hmmmmm. I continued on. Finally I hit the home stretch, the last few hundred feet below the rim. As I was descending I came upon a sweatshirt on the side of the trail. I could hear them still talking about it as I left. Tonto and BrewHa Camino de Santiago . I just explained that I was going a very long way and would be running all night. I carefully stayed away from the edge and continued on. It was a wonderful dinner. My pack felt comfortable, less than ten pounds loaded with: Instant Breakfast, Heed, Reeses, Jelly Bellies, Beef Jerky, Five Hot Pockets, Hammer Gel, and all my other gear. This hike is very straightforward, and perfect for all ages and abilities. I also had a garbage bag that I could use for more warmth. Temperatures can reach 120 degrees in places and there is very little shade. Next up was Emerald Canyon (mile 5.3) and Quartz Canyon (mile 7.3) at 7:38 a.m. Before Quartz, as the trail extended back toward the Colorado River, the terrain was covered with prickly pear cactus. On May 1, 2017 By Sass hikes. However, still I took a wrong turn and went an extra 0.2 miles. I was also very appreciative you’d think to consider adding me to that list of people. I arrived there (mile 35.9) at 6:11 p.m. He wanted to know how far I was going. Good luck with your future plans!! They knew exactly what I was attempting and peppered me with questions. The Tonto Trail generally follows the path of least resistance as it meanders, sometimes very deeply, back into drainages. I passed by the ruins of the Hermit’s cabin which I had not noticed before. I’ve just done R2R2R once, a year ago. He didn’t ask any more questions. On the way into Slate Canyon, something happened that had never happened before in all my thousands of miles of running. One would be stupid to keep their head down looking at the trail. All this takes time and you just can’t do it very fast. It was great to see all the cliffs even at night. Start Date: Friday, August 2. I now noticed some recent foot prints, certainly the guy who camped at Ruby last night. The further I went, the better my navigational skills developed. This was the guy who I had been told camped at Ruby Canyon last night. My feet were a mess. The Tonto part of this hike was fantastic with the most amazing views, the trail was easy to follow all the way and was about 4 miles for the section I did. Going deep into each side canyon was always  a challenging experience. What an epic adventure! I had readjusted my pace goal during the day. Finally I just had to bag the idea of holding back food and felt much better. I don’t think it did, but I must have had a few cat naps because the time passed by fairly quickly as each hour I checked my watch. However, to reach that point requires a 2-hour long rough dirt road drive. Conditions worked out, so I made plans to run the length of the Tonto Trail from South Bass to Hance Rapids, a distance of more than 87 miles in the canyon. That is the problem with doing this adventure in early spring. Knowing when to bail out is the key. I remember the first time I ran this section was at night. I explained that I was cutting my run short and getting out at Grandview. There were many campers down there and they noticed me running and pointed up to me. I knew what to do and what to expect. The first 160 miles of the John Muir Trail follows the same path as the Pacific Crest Trail, with all 200 miles of beautiful California wilderness a worthwhile path to walk. He was shocked but understood and wished me luck. The trail will take you on a series of switchbacks. With long pants, you don’t have to worry and can keep your lines straighter, brushing by the bushes without problems. I think this was the most impressive location on my run to see the buttes, peaks, etc. Finally I just bushwhacked up out of the creek to the next level and then traveled the direction toward the Colorado River until I finally ran into the trail. Running on the Tonto Trail is only for those with advanced Grand Canyon and desert running experience. I came upon an unexpected sight, a car parked on the side of the road. Getting lost for hours really isn’t possible because the trail stays on the Tonto Platform above the river. I reached Slate Canyon (mile 25.1) at 2:04 p.m. When I reached the Tonto Platform again, I could tell that I was already badly dehydrated, even though I had drank a full water bottle just 20 minutes before at the creek. The Tonto Trail is not level at all, but rolls and at times takes some tough descents and climbs to cross near the red walls of the side canyon. Dusk arrived quickly, at 7 p.m.  A nearly full moon rose over the rim and was my bright companion for much of the night. I had never run this first 30-mile section before. Facing a chilly night in the 40s without it, didn’t sound fun. Quiet hike as we saw only a couple other hikers on this section of our hike. Half of it is rugged and rocky, the other half is smooth but very crooked, widing around all the bushes and cactus. However, rangers are allowed to make special accommodations for thru-hikers. It looks like they went from South Bass to New Hance in 32 hours. There was a sign on the windshield that explained that they were parked there doing ecology research in the area. I opened my pack to put more food in my pockets but was shocked when I discovered that there wasn’t as much food as I thought left. It is arguably also the most scenic. For the last three miles to South Bass, I ran on the main dirt road. Now my task was to get back to my car at Grand Canyon Village. Twelve have done it as a thru hike and 12 as a section hike, two have walked the south side in a push, and ten the north side. That still is slow, but would put me at Grapevine Creek at dawn. Oh well. So in my twisted logic, I concluded, Why not just run it in about five hours. I’m in very good company. This trip requires that cars be left at both ends of the trailhead (Gisela and Little Green Valley). TONTO TRAIL EAST DISTANCES April 2018 use area code >>> BA9 BB9 BB9 BC9 BC9 BD9 BD9 BE9 BF5 Horseshoe Mesa - BG9 BH9 Grapevine Creek BJ9 n BJ9 - Little Colorado CBG - CIG ea <<< use ar code TONTO TRAIL EAST DISTANCES (miles) Tanner Beach Tannner Trailhead Cardenas Creek Nevills Rapids Hance Rapids New Hance Trailhead Hance Creek Grandview Trailhead Cottonwood … Short-cuts are always slower. For my run I would be passing by five exit point opportunities to climb out of the canyon. incredible — truly another dimension to running the GC (other than rim to rim) — i’ll bet you’ve inspired many of us to add something similar to our bucket lists. No write up, he only posted a few pictures. I knew that I was way behind my planned schedule, now two hours behind. Perhaps I’ll see you at Cascade Crest. Superior to Payson. Not being critical, but I think doing some minimalist running in training really helps to toughen up your feet and lower leg muscles. It mostly worked, but it sure would have been nice to have a sleeping bag. I was now in familiar surroundings, having visited this area twice before. Looking toward the north Rim, you can spot Wotan Throne and Vishnu Temple. Running through the forest was so peaceful and amazing. Great write-up. I needed to back off my pace, drink a bunch, and take more electrolyes (S-caps). He said that he was already stopping for the day. Not wanting to repeat my dehydration blunder from yesterday, I drank 2 ½ bottles right there at the creek. I had no idea how far up it was. This time on the Tonto Trail, I used both a handheld and a bright headlamp spot light. Two 60 something retirees searching for adventure. This road could be impassible to vehicles. I wanted to give it a try and experience the beauty of the amazing Tonto Trail in one stretch. I got off the shuttle at “the Abyss.”  From there I started my run on a 4WD dirt road that runs straight, mostly along the Park Boundary. I spent the night trying to stay warm and comfortable on the hard ground. 2012-09-23: chumley: 6.31 mi 1,628 ft | load nearby guides. But then I came into a rugged canyon and it slowed me back down. It was now much cooler and finally after three hours, I recovered from my dehydration. Hiking along the Tonto Trail under these conditions was quite magical. Dave, If needed, you could just honk for them. Cell phone coverage had greatly improved on the South Rim last year and this year. Once heat stroke starts setting in, hikers on the trail do stupid things like trying to go down canyons to reach the Colorado River for water. I crossed Jade Canyon (mile 11.3) at 9:26 a.m. and Jasper Canyon (mile 12.3) at 9:47 a.m. Instead of pushing hard, I enjoyed my remaining hours in the canyon. And the Tonto Trail is more of a suggestion than an actual “trail.” These weren’t deterrents, but made the trip interesting. Walked the El Camino in Spain in 38 days. Some couldn’t believe I was passing them after I had run all those miles. He had hiked down and up the South Bass Trail to the river and back today. The trail is named after John Muir – an author/environmentalist from history and has 160 miles to follow the similar footpath as the Pacific Crest Trail. Viewing these from down in the canyon are even more spectacular than from the rim. Get a taste for the Grand Canyon without doing the full descent down to the Colorado along the Tonto Trail. I limped on for another 100 feet trying to figure it out. In fact I felt fantastic. It is possible that I was actually going much further because of all the weaving around that wasn’t being picked up. He jumped, really startled. The sun was setting now. I taped the problem spots again but they were in terrible pain. I ran out of water by the time I reached Cottonwood (mile 76.9) at 9:41 a.m. I reached Cremation Canyon (mile 58.3) at 1:55 am. Steve, Your email address will not be published. This section of the Tonto Trail is probably the worst that you will encounter in its 70-odd mile length. It was so great to be out running in the cool morning. I’m sure they could see my crazy lights. For more information, visit, © Copyright 2020 Grand Canyon Conservancy. They took my all the way to South Kaibab where I caught a shuttle into town. I had to stop several times to reapply tape, change socks, and do whatever I could to protect my feet. This combination worked great. I got a good night’s rest at a motel outside the South Rim, and waited until morning rim temperatures got above freezing. I ran the last couple miles hard because I wanted to break 28 hours. I love running at night. So this time I concentrated more. Begin at the Bright Angel Trailhead in Grand Canyon Village. The zero day was healing, relaxing, and just what the body needed. One couple picked me up to take me to the main road. Wind behind 6,071-foot O’Neill Butte (3) and drop 300 feet to the saddle below 5,210-foot Skeleton Point (4), where you’ll hear the sound of the Colorado River flowing a … The road was fantastic. One guy caught on fast and said he was very impressed with my pace, all the way from South Bass. They helped me find the right trail but then stopped me to try and figure out what I was doing and where I was going. 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