About CMC Boulder Group Trips

Below is a list of topics regarding CMC Trips:

- Trip Leaders FAQ

- Searching for Trips

- Signing Up for Trips

- Trip Participation

- Trip Rules - General

- Trip Rules - Rock Climbs

- Scheduling Trips

- Trip Types

- Becoming a Trip Co-Leader

- Becoming a Trip Leader

- Managing Your Online Trips

Trip Leaders FAQ

What kind of CMC trips are there?
What kind of CMC trips can I lead?
How do I create my trip & roster?
What do I do after my trip?
What if there's an accident on my trip and how do I prepare for it?
How will other CMC members find out about my trip?
Can non-CMC members see my trip?
Can I bring a non-CMC member on a trip?
What should I tell someone who's interested in becoming a trip leader?
What is the CMC's presense in social media?
Is there anything like this FAQ on cmc.org?
What are the benefits for being a Trip Leader?
Are there any rules about trips into the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area?

What kind of CMC trips are there?

See Trip Types, part of this page. Note that you are free to suggest other types of trips, such as running, bike rides, etc. as long as it is done safely.

What kind of CMC trips can I lead?

Whatever trips you have been approved to do by the Outings Committee.

How do I create my trip, add people to my roster & print it out?

This section, Creating Trips Online, explains it step by step.

See also these Instructions for Trip Leaders at cmc.org.

What do I do after my trip?

Complete it! Do this by finding your trip at cmc.org, and changing the status to 'Complete'. If you had to abort, change it to 'Cancelled' (see above instructions about how to find your trip)

Then call the Clubroom (303-554-7688) & leave a message so you can get your 20% off Neptune coupon!) You can it mailed or pick up at Clubroom, 5-7pm, Tues-Thurs.

What if there's an accident on my trip & how do I prepare for it?

See these instructions for Accident Reports on this page.

Also, see this handy card-sized info sheet, suitable for carrying in your pack.

How will other CMC members find out about my trip?

  • on cmcboulder.org, under Upcoming Trips (which has an RSS feed)
  • cmc.org, under Trips
  • GPS, the weekly e-newsletter
  • Compass, the monthly e-newsletter
Can non-CMC members see our trips?

In general, yes. The website, Meetup & Facebook pages are open to the world. Even the Trips page you create can be set to allow this (see the 'Must be logged in' setting in the Trip details page)

Can I bring a non-CMC member on a trip?

Absolutely! They just need to sign a waiver first, found on the state website, here.

What should I tell someone who's interested in becoming a trip leader?

See on website under Trips:

  • Becoming a Trip Leader
  • Becoming a Trip Co-Leader

What is the CMC's presence in social media?

See on website under Publications/Social Media

Is there anything like this FAQ on cmc.org?

Sort of: see here www.cmc.org/About/FAQsResources.aspx and here: www.cmc.org/About/FAQsResources/DocsForms.aspx (The second page is the Docs & Forms page, with lots of good stuff!)

What are the benefits of beings a CMC Trip Leader?

There are distinct and positive benefits of being a CMC Trip Leader...

  • 20 per cent discount coupon on any non-sale, non-special order item at Neptune Mountaineering
  • Access to discounted first aid training (scheduled on demand)
  • Experience in leadership role, increased self esteem and confidence in other areas

Are there any rules about trips into the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area (IPWA)?

Yes, which is an understanding with the USFS Boulder District, documented here:

  • Trips of seven or less do not need a permit
  • Trips of 8 to 12 do need a permit
  • Trips can have a maximum of 12
  • Call the Boulder USFS office at 303–541-2500 to register by phone
  • ...or go in person to their office at Yarmouth and 28th
  • You'll need to know the IPWA travel zone for your trip (see here)
  • A last minute possible permit source is Indian Peaks Ace Hardware in Nederland, next to the City Market grocery. (303) 258-3132

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Searching for Trips

There are several ways to search for trips:

  • The State CMC via Quick Trip Search: Go to www.cmc.org. Login with your member number. Click on Quick Trip Search tab in the top margin & enter your search criteria.

  • The State CMC via Trip Calendar: Go to www.cmc.org. Login with your member number. Under the main menu bar, click on Calendar, then Trips & enter your search criteria.

  • The Boulder Group Monthly Compass Newsletter: This publication is emailed to Boulder Group members monthly. The Compass lists Boulder Group trips for the month of the publication. It also provides instructions on how to access the state CMC online Activity Schedule. To view the current Compass online, go to www.cmcboulder.org/compass/currentIssue.pdf.

  • The Boulder Group Weekly GPS e-Newsletter: The GPS is emailed weekly to those who have signed up to receive it. This lists a subset of the upcoming trips in the Boulder Group only and provides a link to the state CMC online Activity Schedule. To view the current GPS online, go to www.cmcboulder.org/gps/CurrentGPS.htm.

  • The Boulder Group Website: This lists a subset of the upcoming trips in the Boulder Group only. Go to www.cmcboulder.org/. Click on the Upcoming Trips button.

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Signing Up for Trips

  • Boulder Group Trips: To sign up for Boulder Group trips, contact the trip leader directly. Contact them at least 3 days before, but no more than 4 weeks prior to the trip date. Phone call only between the hours of 9am and 9pm. This applies to all trip types including rock climbing trips. You do not need to be certified to sign up for Boulder Group trips. If the leader does not know you and your abilities, they may ask about your experience and ask for references. At the leader's discretion, non-CMC members may sign up for trips, but they must sign the CMC Waiver of Liability form. Participants should inform the leader at the time of signup of any medical condition which is relevant.

  • Denver Group Trips: Boulder Group members are welcome to participate in Denver Group trips but will have to contact the leader directly rather than use their online sign-up process.

  • Other CMC Group Trips: Contact the trip leaders for other CMC Groups.

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Trip Participation

The following are guidelines for trip participants:

  • Pre-trip Preparation: Sign up for trips that are well within your abilities. Don't sign up for an intermediate ski tour if you're really a beginner. For the safety and enjoyment of the rest of the group, it's better to underestimate rather than overestimate your abilities.

  • Carpooling: Carpooling is recommended. Drivers customarily charge each passenger up to ten cents per mile to defray expenses. The actual rate may differ slightly. Please remember that for official purposes, CMC trips begin and end at the trailhead. Carpooling is a voluntary service offered by and accepted by trip participants as private individuals.

  • Carry the Ten Essentials: This includes map & compass for navigation, sun protection, extra clothing, illumination, first-aid supplies, fire starter, repair kit & tools, food, water and an emergency shelter. For more info, see the printed Activity Schedule.

  • Let the Leader Lead: The leader or co-leader is always the first one in the party, unless he or she has specifically stated otherwise. The rear leader should be the last. Ask permission or notify the leader if you need to take a break for any reason.

  • Speak Up: If you're feeling ill or if the trip pace is too fast, tell the leader so that they can adjust the trip as soon as possible.

  • Evacuation: If you are injured or incapacitated on a trip, the leader may determine that you require evacuation and will arrange for the appropriate assistance. The CMC will not be liable for any associated costs.

  • Give Feedback: The Safety Committee, the Outings Committee, the Mountaineering School, and the Boulder Group Council welcome hearing from you about your trip experience.

  • Leaving the Group: It is not advisable to leave the group once the trip has begun. If you insist on leaving the group against the leader's advice, you may be asked to sign the roster, indicating your understanding that you are no longer part of the CMC trip and assume the risk for leaving the group.

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Trip Rules General

  • Rules and Regulations: CMC trips must follow all applicable regulations enacted by governmental agencies or private land owners. Trip leaders should contact the Outings Chair at [protected email address] to obtain permits required for locations such as the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area.

  • Guests: All guests must sign the CMC Waiver of Liability form.

  • Size: The group must be no fewer than 4 and no more than 10 persons.

  • Leader: Every trip must have a leader who is at least 18 years old, a CMC member, and formally approved by the Boulder Group.

  • Co-leader: Every trip must have one or more co-leader(s) who is at least 18 years old and a CMC member. The function of the co-leader is to share responsibility with the leader. The co-leader must be capable of taking charge in case the leader becomes unable to continue.

  • Minors: No person under 14 is allowed on a trip unless accompanied by a parent. No person between ages 14 and 18 is allowed on a trip unless accompanied by a parent, or with written parental consent. Leaders may decide whether to allow any person under age of 18 on a trip.

  • Participant List: The trip leader must maintain a written list of participants.

  • Trip Changes: If the original destination of a trip is found to be impractical immediately before the trip, the leader may select a new destination and route. The new trip plan must be similar in type and difficulty to the original plan and the leader must leave a message on the CMC Boulder Clubroom telephone (303 554-7688) indicating the new destination and route.

  • Accident Reports: The leader must report accidents to the Boulder Group Chair, Vice-Chair, or Safety-Committee Chair within 24 hours, and provide a written report of the accident to the Safety committee within 10 days. Print out the Accident Form at cmc.org, which is available here

  • Leave at Home: The following items are prohibited on CMC trips:

    1. Firearms of any type

    2. Portable entertainment devices, such as games, radios, music and video players, etc

    3. Pets, with the following exception: Dogs may be allowed at discretion of trip leader so long as land use regulations are met and the trip description clearly states that the trip is a dog trip.

    4. Mobile phones may be carried, but must be turned off at the trailhead and may be used in case of emergency only.

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Trip Rules Rock Climbs

Boulder Group rock climbing trips have these additional rules:

  • Helmets: The trip leader, co-leader(s) and participants are all required to wear CE / UIAA certified climbing helmets.

  • Set-up and Take-down of Anchors: Only the trip leader and trip co-leader(s) may set up and take down anchors used during climbs. This applies to all levels of rock climbing trips.

  • Only Trip Leaders and Co-leaders on the Sharp End: Only the trip leader and trip co-leader(s) may be on the sharp end of the rope or, in other words, may lead-climb during the trip. The participants of the trip must always be top-belayed.

  • Checking Out Equipment from the Clubroom: Climbing equipment that belongs to the Boulder Group -- helmets, ropes and gear -- may be used for Boulder Group trips. Go to the clubroom during clubroom hours to pick up and return the equipment. There are "Check Out" and "Check In" forms that must be filled out. If you have any questions about the equipment in the clubroom, contact the BMS Equipment Manager at [protected email address]. Once the equipment has been used for the trip, it must be returned to the clubroom promptly and in the same condition as when it was checked out.

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Scheduling Trips

  • Online at the State Website: Trips may be submitted online at the state website, www.cmc.org, by approved trip leaders. You must login using your CMC member number. Then, click on the Leader link at the upper right-hand corner. Click on Schedule a Trip. Boulder Group trips submitted on the state website first go into a Suggested status. The Outings Committee reviews each trip and changes the status to approved to indicate final approval.

  • Contact the Trip Coordinator: For those members who prefer to not submit their trips through the state website, you may contact the appropriate Trip Coordinator directly. Each trip type has a Trip Coordinator volunteer who is involved in scheduling and approving trips. You may send email to or call the Trip Coordinator with the list of trips that you'd like to submit. The Outings Committee will periodically post announcements or articles in the Compass newsletter and GPS e-newsletter requesting trip submissions. This will include the Trip Coordinators' names and contact information. If you are unsure of which Trip Coordinator to send your list of trips to, please send it to the Outings Chair at [protected email address]. The Outings Chair will forward your request to the appropriate Trip Coordinator.

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Trip Types

The following are the trip types most commonly used by the Boulder Group. This page also describes the requirements for being approved as a trip leader for the different trip types.

Permits are required for leading trips in the Indian Peaks Wilderness area. Only one trip per day per zone is allowed. After submitting a trip for this area, the Outings Committee will contact the US Forest Service to secure a permit (usually this is not an issue) as part of the trip approval process. The permit will be mailed out to the trip leader to attach to their backpack in a visible manner. For future reference, the phone contact for permits is 303-541-2500. The written address for the US Forest Service is 2140 Yarmouth Ave., Boulder, 80301.

  • Hiking: Within each of the letter classifications, hikes are also described subjectively as Easy, Moderate and Difficult in comparison to other trips in the same classification. If you also see the letter E after the classification (such as C-E or D-E), the trip involves exposure (i.e., risk of falling) and may require advanced climbing skills. For the Boulder Group, trip leaders are approved to lead A/B hikes or C/D hikes or both. Approval as a trip leader for any trip type automatically includes approval to lead A/B hikes. (Note: for Boulder Group trip leader approval purposes, these classifications also apply to snowshoe and backpacking trips.)

    • Class A: Up to 8 miles round trip and 1,200 foot elevation gain. (Prior hiking experience is usually not necessary. For Boulder Group trip leader approval purposes, includes snowshoe trips.)

    • Class B: Up to 12 miles round trip and 2,500 ft elevation gain. (Moderate to strenuous physical activity. Prior training and experience is beneficial. For Boulder Group trip leader approval purposes, includes snowshoe trips.)

    • Class C: Up to 15 miles round trip and 3,500 ft elevation gain. (Strenuous to very strenuous physical activity. Prior training and experience is beneficial. Snow climbing skills and protection techniques, including the proper use of an ice axe, may be required. Most snow climbs will include the letter E descriptor.)

    • Class D: Over 15 miles round trip or 3,500 ft elevation gain. (Very strenuous physical activity often including exposure or requiring use of technical skills, including snow climbing skills and protection techniques. Knowledge based on prior experience and training is highly beneficial.)

  • Rock Climbing: The Boulder Group offers the following types of rock climbing trips:

    • Traditional (Trad) Climbing: Climbs where the leader sets protection (cams, nuts, hexs, etc.) that is removed by a following climber. On multi-pitch routes, the leader may have to build an anchor or use fixed anchors. A mixed route is a route that includes fixed bolts and requires placing traditional gear. The Boulder Group treats mixed routes as traditional climbs.

    • Sport Climbing: Climbing where all the protection consists of fixed bolts or steel hardware that's drilled into the rock. The leader uses quickdraws to connect the rope to the bolts. Sport climbs are usually done as single pitch routes where the leader leaves a top rope anchor at the top, and rappels or is lowered back to the ground. If it does involve a multi-pitch route, the leader belays from the top just as in a multi-pitch trad route.

    • Top Rope Climbing: Top rope climbs involve setting up a single rope that loops from the ground, through an anchor at the top of the route and back to the ground. This type of climb does not require someone to be on the sharp end of the rope, where a lead climber ascends the rock while placing protection. Instead, the top rope anchor is accessed by hiking around to the top of the climb. The top rope anchor can consist of secure and equalized points of natural protection, such as trees and boulders, or fixed bolts.

  • Rock climb trip leaders are approved in the following categories: Trad Climbing, Sport Climbing and Top Roping.

    • Trad leaders are trained to place protection, use fixed bolts when available, and build anchors. Trad leaders will qualify to be Sport and Top Rope Leaders, without needing to re-certify in these categories, if their climbing resume shows experience in leading these types of climbs.

    • Sport leaders are trained to build anchors with fixed bolts. Sport leaders will qualify to be Top Rope Leaders, without needing to re-certify in this category, if their climbing resume shows experience in top rope climbing.

    • Top rope leaders are only qualified to lead top roping trips. They are not qualified to lead trad or sport trips.

  • Ski Touring: Ski tours are classified according to the required skills and stamina. Boulder Group trip leaders are approved to lead the general trip type of Ski Touring.

    • Easy: Up to 8 miles and elevation gain up to 800 feet. Easy Ski Tours are further divided into levels I, II and III.

    • Moderate: Up to 10 miles and elevation gain up to 1,800 feet and may include fairly difficult terrain. Moderate Ski Tours are further divided into levels I, II and III.

    • Advanced: Over 10 miles and more than 1,800 feet elevation gain, which can involve very difficult terrain and overnight camping. Difficult Ski Tours are further divided into levels I and II.

  • Ice Climbing: For the Boulder Group, trip leaders are approved to lead the general trip type of Ice Climbing. The specific level of difficulty is at the leader's discretion.

  • Ski Mountaineering: For the Boulder Group, trip leaders are approved to lead the general trip type of Ski Mountaineering. The specific level of difficulty is at the leader's discretion. This trip type requires considerable experience in route-finding, trail-breaking and winter camping.

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Becoming a Trip Co-Leader

  • A trip co-leader must be a CMC member (from any CMC group) and must agree to follow CMC rules and procedures. A set of rules and procedures shall be provided to each trip co-leader who is not also an approved Boulder Group trip leader. Click here for a list of General Rules. Click here for a list of Rules for Rock Climbs.

  • Trip co-leaders do not need to be on an approved co-leader list. Note, for instance, that this means that a strong climber (who is not an approved trip leader) may co-lead a rock climb at the discretion of the trip leader. It is one of the responsibilities of a trip leader to select an appropriate co-leader for each trip and provide them with the set of rules and procedures.

  • Trip leaders agree to find co-leader(s) prior to the outing and not just pick someone who shows up that day.

  • In order to find trips to co-lead so that you may apply to become a trip leader, please feel welcome to contact any leader of an upcoming trip of the type you wish to lead and explain that you are working on becoming a leader. Most likely, they'll be glad to hear from you! You are also welcome to contact them well in advance of the normal 1-month sign-up. Or, be more proactive and simply ask a current leader if they would be open to scheduling a new trip that you may co-lead.

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Becoming a Trip Leader

We encourage our members to volunteer to become Boulder Group trip leaders! Here's the information on how to accomplish that.

General Requirements:

  • There are two categories of trip leader applicants:

    • New -- those who have never been approved as a Boulder Group trip leader.

    • Upgrading -- those who are currently a Boulder Group trip leader and are now applying to lead a different trip type. For instance, a member who is currently a rock leader may apply to lead ski touring trips.

  • The following are required for new trips leaders only:

    • Current Standard First Aid card. Standard First Aid is the minimum requirement, although Wilderness First Aid (WFA) or Mountain Oriented First Aid (MOFA) is preferred. To check for upcoming FA and CPR courses, click here.

    • Current CPR card.

    • Complete the Leadership Seminar. For more information, go to www.cmcboulder.org/bms/leadership/leadershipseminar.html.

  • The following are required of all trip leader applicants:

    • Be a Boulder Group CMC member.

    • Co-lead one Boulder Group trip of the same trip type that they wish to lead and receive a favorable written recommendation from the leader of that trip.

    • Co-lead a second Boulder Group trip of the same trip type that they wish to lead and receive a favorable written recommendation from the leader of that trip. Note that the two trips must be with two different trip leaders.

  • The following are required of all rock trip leader applicants:

    • All trad and sport trip leader applicants must lead a line, with at least one trip participant either following or top-rope belayed from the base of the climb, on both trips counting towards the co-lead requirement. Multi-pitch climbs are preferred for trad climbing co-leads.

    • Top roping trip leader applicants must set up the top rope anchors on both trips counting towards the co-lead requirement.

    The Trip Leader Approval Process:

    Steps to be performed by the Applicant -

    1. Determine if the general requirements are met.

    2. Obtain the Trip Leader Application cover letter, Trip Leader Application form and Trip Leader Reference form from the clubroom or from www.cmcboulder.org/bms/leadership/LeaderApp.pdf.

    3. Send the completed Trip Leader application form to the Outings Chair, as directed on the form.

    4. Send a Trip Leader Reference form to each of the Boulder Group trip leaders, as noted in the general requirements.

    5. Follow up with the references to confirm that they've completed the Trip Leader Reference form and sent them to the Outings Chair as directed on the form.

    Steps to be performed by the Outings Chair -

    1. Note the date of the receipt of the application on the form.

    2. Within no more than 2 weeks after receipt of the application, acknowledge to the prospective trip leader the receipt of their application form and note that on the form. Provide updates to applicant as appropriate, but no less than every 2 weeks. Inform the applicant of the expected timeframe for a decision.

    3. Verify receipt of the reference forms from the two Boulder Group trip leaders. Note that on the application form.

    4. Consult with the applicant's references, if necessary, to obtain additional information about the applicant's performance on the two trip co-leads.

    5. Consult with the Safety Chair, if appropriate, to determine if there have been any past safety issues with the applicant.

    6. Consult with any person familiar with relevant aspects of the applicant's background, skills, knowledge, safety attitude, and familiarity with CMC safety and other procedures, as deemed necessary to fully evaluate the applicant's fitness to be a Boulder Group trip leader.

    7. Conduct a final review within the Outings Committee of the applicant's qualifications. Based on the review, complete the Trip Leader Evaluation form to either accept or decline the applicant as a trip leader. Note on the form the reason for the decision.

    8. Notify the applicant of the decision. Include a reminder to lead trips well within their abilities.

    9. Notify the state CMC of the member's new trip leader status.

    10. Update the Boulder Group's trip leader list for the specific trip type.

    11. Submit a notice to the Compass newsletter announcing the member's new trip leader status.

    12. File all application papers in an Outings Committee notebook, maintained by the Outings Chair, for future reference.

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    How to Manage Your Trips Online

    Creating your trip

    Trips must be created on the state website (cmc.org). Once created, it will get advertised on cmcboulder.org under 'Upcoming Trips'. If you want to advertise it on the BCMC Facebook page, you need join the group, and post it there. Hopefully you, as the trip leader, will then be contacted by CMC members who want to go on your trip. If this is your very first trip, make sure the Outings Chair has verified you as a Trip Leader with the state office. This will allow you to access 'Trip Leader Admin' button, accessed on the home page (upper right, under 'Group Admin') once you log in at cmc.org. (This should have been done when you were approved as a Trip Leader.)

    • Sign in to the state website, then click on 'Trip Leader Admin' in the upper right; the Trip Admin window appears.
      • Click on 'Manage Trips'; a 'Trip Search' window appears
      • Click on 'Add Event'; an 'Edit Event' window appears
      • Fill out all the fields appropriately; select type as 'Trip' and be sure to check the 'Active' box. To see where various sections appear, compare existing trip descriptions (such as Location, Details, etc.)
      • Save your trip; it should now appear in the Trip Calendar.
    Note: an alternate method is to Duplicate an existing trip, which copies over all the data. Do this by logging in via a Trip Admin, searching for the existing trip, then clicking the 'Duplicate' button under the 'Edit' button, then modify the trip data accordingly.

    To add a member or guest
    • Locate your trip in the Calendar, using the Search button. A table of trips found appears; click on your trip.
    • The trip data appears, with the roster at the bottom.
    • To add a Guest, click the button that says 'Add Guest to Roster'.
    • To add a CMC member,click on the 'Lookup' button. Enter all or part of the person's first or last name. A list of names that match will appear; to add someone in the list, click on their name.
    • You will return to the Trip details page, with the person's name below the 'Add member' fields. To add them to the roster, click the button 'Add Member' below where their name appears.
    • Once you click on the 'Add Member' button, their name and contact info will be added to your roster.
    To print the trip roster

    • Download the roster and print in out at your computer: this is done by Searching for your trip, then clicking the 'Roster' button. This will bring up the trip details, with the roster at the bottom. Above the roster will be three links:
      • Export to CSV (text file)
      • Export to XLS (spreadsheet)
      • Export to PDF (Adobe pdf file)
      Clicking any of them will start the download (You need to know where the download directory is on your computer. You do know that, don't you?)
    To contact everyone on the trip roster

    • You can email everyone on your Roster at once from the CMC website by using the 'Email to all' button (located under the 'Add member to the roster' fields). However, this does not allow for replies, since it is emailed from the state website. You may find it more useful to export the CVS or XLS file above, which will allow you to cut & paste the email addresses.
    To complete your trip

    (Note: you cannot complete your trip on the state website the same day of the trip; wait until the next day or later.)

    • Find your trip and click the Edit button
    • Near the top, find the Status button (on second line), and change the picklist selection to 'Complete'
    • Add any comments about weather, unusual events, accidents, etc in Notes if you wish
    • Scroll to the bottom and click Update
    To obtain your Neptunes discount coupon

    • Complete your trip online (see above)
    • Call the Clubroom Host and leave a message, or email them at [protected email address]
    • You can ask to have it mailed to you or pick it up at the Clubroom

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