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Tuesday, 8/20/2019, Pikes Peak from Crags*

Hike from Crags Trailhead to Devil's Playground to Pikes Peak summit, all on trail. 5 of the 7 miles are above treeline.Great photo opportunities plus World-Famous Donuts available at summit. Return by same route.If you do not want to hike  from the Crag's trail where it interesects Pikes peak hwy at mile 16 (Devils PLayground)to the summit or vice versa, you may be able to take van 16 to or from Devil's playground to the summit. This is a good option on the return if the weather changes. Do not feel you need to hike to the summit from Devil's playground if you are too tired, you can get a ride to the top and we can meet you there.High-altitude conditioning required.Participants should be comfortable hiking above 13000 ft, and have done so recently, since Jan 1, 2019. The last 500 feet approx involves picking  your way thru rocks that is the "trail". Sometimes its hard to find the proper trail in the rocks. Rocks are mostly stable. We may have a "faster & slower" group. Questions about fitness contact leaders above.Be prepared for wind and cold. We will hike at a moderate, steady pace.  Anticipate 5-6 hr to summit.Possible stop afterwards for "fast food" meal in Woodland Park.

Leader: Carol Munch
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 14, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4100
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Tuesday, 8/20/2019, RMOTHG Black Powder Pass (12,490') Moderate A

Let me know of any medical conditions that might affect your hike, especially at that elevation. Please bring your 10 essentials, plenty of water, layers, rain gear, lunch, ID, medical insurance card, appropriate clothes for changing weather conditions, and your medical kit with your completed yellow emergency card. If you don't have one yet ask the leader for one.

Leader: Robbie Monsma
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 800
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Tuesday, 8/20/2019, Arapahoe Glacier Overlook

From the Buckingham Campground by Eldora follow Arapaho Pass Trail to the Fourth of July Mine. Then ascend the Arapaho Glacier trail to the saddle at 12,700ft for a good view of the glacier. Glacial landscape features will be discussed. This hike is done every year at the same time so we can review past pictures of the glacier to see if it's changed over the years. Long time leader Peter Laux led this hike for many years and we were fortunate to receive Peter's information and pictures from long ago.

Leader: Karen Hurley
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2600
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Tuesday, 8/20/2019, Watrous Canyon to Herman Lake

Do not sign up for this trip unless you were invited by the trip leader.This is an Adventure Travel pre-trip hike, specifically for participants of an upcoming AT trip.

Leader: Richard Burrell
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1,000
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Wednesday, 8/21/2019, TEST

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Leader: Robert Collins
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6
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Wednesday, 8/21/2019, Webster Pass 12000'

This will be a moderate to slow pace with time to look at the flowers and take pictures. We'll walk on an old jeep road and, as of Sunday July 21, very quiet. We encountered only one biker and no jeeps. There will be a creek crossing early on but not terribly difficult. 

Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7
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Wednesday, 8/21/2019, RMOTHG Stanley Mountain Trail 12521 Ft.

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Leader: Kathy Malone
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1800
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Wednesday, 8/21/2019, RMOTHG Clayton and Crater Lakes


Leader: Mike O'Connor
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2100
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Wednesday, 8/21/2019, Mt. Sniktau

The hike up Mt. Sniktau goes along the ridge to the summit at 13,240' and is 4 miles roundtrip.

Leader: Debi Hruza
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Elevation Gain: 1340'
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Wednesday, 8/21/2019, Skyscraper Reservoir, Betty Lake Loop *

From Hessie Trailhead in Eldora we will hike to Woodland Lake using the Devil's Thumb Bypass. We will continue to Skyscraper Reservoir. Then we will go off trail, climbing Woodland Mountain (this may involve some moderate scrambling but no exposure) and descend to Betty Lake.  We will then return via the King Lake Trail. Don’t forget to bring your

Leader: Jeff Stevens
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 13, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2600
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Wednesday, 8/21/2019, Rollins Pass History Hike Date changed from 7/30 to 8/21 Archaeology and Railroad History

About 3200 years ago, the Native American hunted on the top of Rollins Pass area. This trip will take us to some of the rock walled game drives and rock blinds. Research was started in the 1960, but has been recently been revisited and documented. And yes, if it was a hunting area, there were "points"! This area has much more history. Stan Moore will join us to talk about the railroad history plus more. We will be driving up the Rollins Pass Road on the east portal side to Yankee Doodle Lake and  hike up from there. Should be a lot of wildflowers, as well. This will be a laid back hike with lots of information.

Leader: Cheryl Ames
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 300
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Wednesday, 8/21/2019, Fly Fishing Gibson Lake

If you sign up for the trip, please plan to attend the trip. Cancelling complicates trip planning for everyone.     

Leader: Eric Esswein
Type: Fishing, Trail mileage: 5.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1550
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Wednesday, 8/21/2019, RMOTHG Hicks Mtn Trail Summer Hike!

FOR RMOTHG MEMBERS.  This is a nearby moderate A, RELAXED, CASUAL paced, 4.8 mi hike starting at approx 9200 elev on Hicks Mtn Trail, off Mt. Evans Road from Evergreen Parkway. Highest point is 9626, approx 440 ft elev gain tho some trail info sites show more (Bring your GAIA or COLOTREX to find actual elev gain!).  It's moderate because we have a rocky scramble (not-that-hard) at breakfast spot tho some may choose to stop at first rocks while rest of us scramble around to terrific views of foothills, valleys below - a wonderful, visual treat and reward for the UP part of trail!   We'll follow a relaxed, casual pace (About 40 min for first 1.2 miles,45-50 min for second 1.2 miles because second mile is UP, has a scramble, took longer.). The first 1.2 miles are a pretty, mostly shady, mostly flattish trail with conifers and aspen cozying us on both sides with neat views in open tree areas (We may do a quiet hike in this part.). Lots of mushrooms, including red ones and a few wildflowers accompany us!  Second 1.2 miles is UP -- not steep -- but UP, a constant, steady UP. Good exercise, but we'll go slower, briefly pause as needed on the UP which flattens as we near the end at scramble spot.  We may have the trail to ourselves. Regulars here don't want us to tell anyone about this trail, but we share it because it's a pleasant hiking treat close to home!

Leader: Elaine Kallos
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4.8, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 579
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Wednesday, 8/21/2019, Women Crush Wednesday

Join the Colorado Mountain Club in our Women Crush Wednesday Series!  There is an optional "Wine Down Wednesday" happy hour at our favorite Brewery, Barrels & Bottles, after the hike. Check out their website here: https://www.barrelsbottles.com/.Start out at the lower trailhead for White Ranch park in Golden and begin up Belcher Hill. The first section winds through a valley, crossing a short rocky area, leading up to the Belcher Hill climb about a mile up. Follow Belcher Hill on a rough washed out 4wd type road. Pass Whippletree on the right and continue up to Longhorn Trail on the right about 0.25 miles further up. Take Longhorn to Shorthorn Trail. Stay left at Shorthorn. Follow Shorthorn for about a mile until it meets with Longhorn again. Longhorn can no longer be accessed to the right, heading down, as this is now BIKES ONLY. From this junction, head back the way you came, only this time, head left down Longhorn Trail. As you get towards the bottom of Longhorn, there will be one short, steep climb back up to Whippletree. Head back on Whippletree to rejoin with the Belcher Hill trail for the last mile back to the parking area.Dogs on leashes are okay on the hike - however, Barrels & Bottles does not allow dogs.

Leader: Maddie Miller
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6.8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1,175
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Wednesday, 8/21/2019, Awesome Wednesday Evening (AWE) Hike

Some will bring snacks to share during our break midway..

Leader: Connie Schwab
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 750
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Wednesday, 8/21/2019, Evening Hike Series # 2 of 4 Garden of the Gods

Specifically designed for hikers who could use an outdoor escape after their workday. This National Natural Landmark is the second most visited destination in The ‘Springs and most enjoyable to hike, stroll or wander thru especially during the evening. MODERATE pace ( 2 miles per hour ). 5:30 PM START.  

Leader: Y Mason
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 500 - 600
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Thursday, 8/22/2019, Mt. Guyot* NEW DATE

Come climb a 13’er!  We’ll do the NW Slope route out of Breckenridge.  

Leader: Jeff Damp
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3100
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Thursday, 8/22/2019, Hassell Peak (13,215) via Hassell Lake*

From the reservoir at the end of the Woods Creek Road, we hike the short, steep trail to Hassel Lake, then off-trail to the Continental Divide and Hassel Peak. 

Leader: Robert Collins
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Elevation Gain: 2,615
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Thursday, 8/22/2019, Shoshoni Peak 12,297'*

I will update weather as we get closer, and hopefully snow will have melted my then.  I had this on the schedule for early July and cnaged the location due to the snow levels.Please bring your 10 essentialsAlso let me know if you have any health issue I should be aware of.

Leader: Carol Munch
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3000
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Thursday, 8/22/2019, TRAIL CREW Geneva Basin projects

USFS has requested CMC Denver Trails Committee to clear avalanche debris in the form of down trees on the Geneva Basin iron fen access road.  We can drive to the gate just off FS-119 about 1.5 miles beyond the Shelf Lake Trail parking lot.  There are about 20 down trees just beyond the gate, a short walk from our vehicle(s).  This is a saw project and cross cut saw certification or experience is preferred but not necessary.  This will probably be completed in fairly short time.  If so me move over to Bruno Gulch to work the first 200' of trail from the TH.  This is a small project that is hard to fit in with our larger rehab of 2 miles of trail there.  Two short projects in the same area should make a decent, but not long, day.  This will be our 5th and last project in Geneva Basin this season.   

Leader: Grover Cleveland
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: .5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 100
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Thursday, 8/22/2019, Butler Gulch diff A wildflowers hike ( casual pace for retirees )

We shall hike Butler Gulch trail  to the top and we will stop very often to enjoy the wildflowers 

Leader: Hassan Elghandour
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1300
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Thursday, 8/22/2019, Rio Grande River, South Fork, Colorado Camping at Big Meadows Campground

Reportedly the Rio Grande is still high but coming down slowly and fish are close to the banks.  Caddis, stoneflies and some drakes are hatching.Bring everything you need for 4 days of wading and fly fishing, camping, cooking, relaxing and having a great time on waters that perhaps you’ve not fished before.   Be sure to bring your valid CO fishing license.   I will be leaving Conifer around 0800 and am willing to take one person in my 4Runner.  Let me know who’s interested in this.

Leader: Eric Esswein
Type: Fishing, Trail mileage: 5
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Thursday, 8/22/2019, Thursday Afternoon/Evening Rock Climbing N Cheyenne Canyon, The Pinnacle and Tinseltown


Leader: Roger Kilcoyne
Type: Rock Climbing
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Thursday, 8/22/2019, MSGR - Hike to Happy Hour

Join us in our Hike to Happy Hour series with Mountain Side Gear Rental, where we aim to get outdoors, meet new hiking buddies, and have a great time

Leader: Maddie Miller
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4.6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1,126
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Friday, 8/23/2019, Scramble: Mt Evans (14,231’) Loop Off-Trail *


Leader: Durham Monsma
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000'
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Friday, 8/23/2019, BKPS G5 FD4 - 3 Day Snowy Range

Trip details will be sent to the registered attendees. 

Leader: Joe Kelly
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 25, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 2500
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Friday, 8/23/2019, Farnum Peak #2*

After a pleasant hike up the jeep road for about 4 miles we reach a saddle where we will head NE and begin the off-trail portion of the hike. The off-trail portion consists of bushwhacking, routefinding, and minor scrambling over broken terrain. Although this section can be a bit challenging, if we are diligent another 1.5 miles gets us to the summit of Farnum Peak. Our return to the parking area will follow our ascent route.This is not an easy hike; it has sections that are off trail with boulder and dead trees impeding our journey. The group will travel at a moderate but deliberate pace. This is less a social hike and more of a goal-oriented hike. Please assess yourself accordingly.

Leader: Rich McAdams
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2200
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Friday, 8/23/2019, Flying J Ranch Park Morning Stroll 5

We will have a leisurely walk in a beautiful area, especially for Early Birds.

Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 600 ft
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Friday, 8/23/2019, White Ranch Open Space Park

Bring plenty of cool liquids, sunscreen, sunglasses, cap and loose fitting clothing. We'll spend the day mostly on trail with <10% off trail as we develop our map, compass, orienteering and navigational skills. This is an excellent preparation/refresher for the 2019 Fall Wilderness Trekking School. We'll complete our field activities by 11:30 AM, with a return to Golden by 12:00 PM.

Leader: Terry Ploski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 500
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Friday, 8/23/2019, RMOTHG Hare Biking – Mouse Trap Loop

Please arrive by 8:30 am, so we can leave promptly at 9:00 am. The essential items for participating are plenty of water, necessary items to repair a flat tire (replacement tube for your tire size), appropriate clothing for changes in the weather, carrying ID and a medical card. The wearing of a helmet is mandatory.Following the ride, an optional lunch will be at Micky's Top Sirloin.

Leader: Scott Kramer
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 20, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 550
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Friday, 8/23/2019, RMOTHG Terrapin Cycling- Clear Creek

Please arrive by 8:30 am, so we can leave promptly at 9:00 am. The essential items for participating are plenty of water, necessary items to repair a flat tire (replacement tube for your tire size), appropriate clothing for changes in the weather, carrying ID and a medical card. The wearing of a helmet is mandatory.Following the ride, an optional lunch will be at Micky's Top Sirloin.

Leader: Pete Spandau
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 18, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 200
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Friday, 8/23/2019, Mt Bancroft - East Ridge

Priority for this trip will be given to 2019 ACS students who have completed all of the requirments to go on a High Peak Climb.

Leader: Sheryl Lampert
Type: , Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3030
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Monday, 8/26/2019, Raft/Kayak the Upper Colorado

We will start early to avoid the crowds, and enjoy a day on the water. Bring the standard safety items including PFD, Helmet, thowbag, and warm clothing.

Leader: Andrew Linger
Type: All Other, Trail mileage: 20, Elevation Gain: -100
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Monday, 8/26/2019, Stanley Mountain 12,521 feet*

Bring the 10 essentials, first aid kit, warm clothing, wind gear, and rain gear.Please inform the leader, prior to the trip, of any medical conditions that could affect you on the trip. 

Leader: Ralph Shroba
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1800
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Tuesday, 8/27/2019, Lawn Lake and Crystal Lake RMNP *

The trailhead is Lawn Lake Trailhead (Google Maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/77KKpzgBDwK2 ) in Rocky Mountain National Park via Fall River Entrance to the park.  The elevation of the trailhead is 8500'Lawn Lake (elevation 11,000 ft.) is one of the largest lakes in RMNP and fills a wide, flat basin at  treeline ringed by Fairchild Mountain (13,502') Hagues Peak (13,650') and Mummy Mountain (13,425').  Crystal Lake (elevation 11,540 ft.) is a very scenic lake further uphill at the base of Fairchild Mountain

Leader: James Guerra
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 15, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3300
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Tuesday, 8/27/2019, Isabelle Glacier-IPW

From Long Lake TH in Brainard Recreation Area by Ward take Pawnee Pass Trail to Lake Isabelle then ascend Isabelle Glacier Trail to a moraine of boulders at Isabelle Glacier. Upper trail has boulder fields, stream crossings and possible snowfield crossings. This hike has some rocky parts to the trail and some difficult stream crossings. We will observe waterfalls, flagged trees, tree islands,and geological features in formerly glaciated valley. We hope to identify these features from information given to us from leader/geologist Peter Laux. We do this hike in Peter's memory. 

Leader: Karen Hurley
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2700
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Tuesday, 8/27/2019, Niwot Ridge 12,284' IPW

From Long Lake Trailhead travel a short distance on Pawnee Pass Trail to junction, trail crosses several footbridges, enters a tall spruce forest; trail is rocky and steep on tundra. Views include Isabelle Lake drainage, Arikaree Pk & Navajo Pk. BRING WIND GEAR and remaing 10 Essentials.Starting elevation 10,515'; high elevation 12,295' Note:  Conditions on Niwot Ridge are generally quite windy.  If you weigh less than 150 #s with your pack this destination is probably not for you. 

Leader: Linda Lawson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1900
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Wednesday, 8/28/2019, Scout Mt Baker (12,448') from I-70 Exit 221 Bakerville* via Kearney Gulch and Baker Ridge

We will proceed west on the CDT/Bike Trail, past the Kearney Gulch stream bottom, to locate the Kearney Gulch TH on the other side.  (Unsure this trail exists -- have seen it only on REI's Trails website.)  If we can find this TH, we will follow it 1.8 miles up, then turn left and ascend the mountainside SSE to the Mt Baker summit.  If winds are not too difficult, we will explore the ridge somewhat WSW along the next high points, toward Grizzly D, but this trip is about Mt Baker and the Mt Baker Ridge.  If we decide Kearney Gulch won't work, we'll turn and go SSE up the ridgeside to attain the lower Mt. Baker Ridge then up to Mt Baker.  In either case, descend the Mt Baker Ridge back to the parking area.

Leader: Durham Monsma
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3300
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Wednesday, 8/28/2019, Mitchell and Blue Lakes

Expected time back at CMC lot is approximately 2:30 - 3 pmThere are toilets at the Trailhead. We can stop in Nederland for ice cream or coffee on the way home !Bring raingear, 10 essentials, poles (if you use them - there are a few slick rocky spots, and one river crossing on logs, with no handrails - and the logs can be wet.)

Leader: Joan Winstein
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 920 ft.
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Thursday, 8/29/2019, Meadow Mountain - Exploratory

Beginning Elevation 7750Ending Elevation 9755From TH, hike an old  road behind a white house at the end of the parking lot.  The road climbs through open meadows.  At mile 2.4 road splits, stay straight.  There is a line shack (cabin) that still  may exist at the end of the trail.  Views of Gore Range & Beaver Creek Ski Area.Lunch - you might wabnt to  bring a salad or have lettuce on  your PBJ because this area was formerly the Evercrisp Lettuce Farm in the 1920s.When agriculturists learned they could grow lettuce year round in California, the property was sold and became a downhill ski area.  More on that during your lettuce lunch...   

Leader: Linda Lawson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2070
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Thursday, 8/29/2019, Peak 9/ 13,195' *

Starting at the bridge that crosses Tenmile Creek we will walk the bike path to the actual trail. At the saddle between Peak 8 and Peak 9 we will leave the trail and summit Peak 9. Return is to retrace our steps. Bring wind and rain gear along with the 10 essentials. Let me know about any medical problems at the above e-mail address. We will walking sections of The Wheeler Trail, The Colorado Trail, and The Continental Divide Trail.This hike is between 10 and 50 feet short of elevation gain that would make it an Easy D.Starting elevation is about 9720 and the peak is 13195.

Leader: Mark Wolf
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9.4, Elevation Gain: 3450
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Thursday, 8/29/2019, Ruby Gulch easy B ( casual pace for retirees)

We shall hike the Ruby Gulch trail and the view is outstanding from the top.  Ruby Gulch is located in Henderson mine area 

Leader: Hassan Elghandour
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1400
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Thursday, 8/29/2019, Hike to Windsor Lake

We will meet at the Minturn Ranger Station to carpool at 8:45am., people coming from Summit or Denver can meet us at the Safeway in Leadville at 9:30am.Be prepared for the weather which can change quickly(rain gear)Beautiful Windor Lake is in the Mount Massive Wilderness. Bring a lunch to have by the lake and let's stop for icecream in Leadville after the hike if you like

Leader: Cecilia ( Lee) Moosburger
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Elevation Gain: 990
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Thursday, 8/29/2019, Thursday Afternoon/Evening Rock Climbing Red Rocks Canyon Open Space, Wiggins Wall


Leader: Roger Kilcoyne
Type: Rock Climbing
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Friday, 8/30/2019, Rito Alto Four Pass Loop Backpack

This is a long strenuous loop backpack from the Comanche Venable TH in the Sangre de Cristos north on the Rainbow Trail to Hermit Road to our first camp.  Then we will backpack up to Hermit Pass, then down the Rito Alto Trail to an unnamed pass and over to San Isabel Lake for our second camp.  We will then backpack over another unnamed pass and over Venable Pass to our third camp.  We will continue down the Venable Creek Trail to the TH on the last day.  Incredible views abound on every day of this trip.  Well behaved dogs on leash welcome.  This trip is primarily intended for Pikes Peak and Pueblo Group members.  All others will be waitlisted.  Nat Geo Map 138.  170m.  30/5,650’.  Register with leader. Eric Hunter ehutercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 30, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 6900
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Friday, 8/30/2019, EXPLORATORY HIKE: Mount Harvard + Mount Columbia EXPLORATORY HIKE: Mount Harvard EXPLORATORY HIKE: Mount Columbia

A strong commitment to this hike is required to participate. The fast pace means an average speed of 1 mile/hour AND 1,000' elevation gain/hour. Mount Harvard is the third higherst 14er in the State of Colorado. Preference given to those with recent experience hiking a challenging 14er in the past 1 - 2 - 3 months; or, demonstrate a strong mental and physical stamina for this full day adventure.

Leader: Terry Ploski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 15, Pace: Fast, Elevation Gain: 6,100
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Friday, 8/30/2019, InReach practice and learning Green Mountain Lakewood*

InReach allows for satellite text message communication and therefore has lots of utilities for back country communication and coordination even when out of cell service range.   This is a learning and practice day for those who have Garmin InReaches but are not sure of all of the utility.  We will first walk to my house and do the following: 1.  Identify your InReach phone number.2. Send and receive a text message (one preset and one non preset with location)  to another individual on the trip using the InReach device, but not a cell phone.3. Send a reference location to meet at, using only the InReach.4.  Bluetooth connect your Garmin to your phone.   Need to download and open the “Earthmate” app.5. Sync your contacts.6.  Send location using cell phone.  Note: I often had to pair and unpair phone to make it work.7.       We will then split into two groups, an Apple group and an Android group.  We will set out on two separate trails and contact each other after 15 minutes of hiking.8.       We will then decide on a new rendezvous location and navigate to that point  using our phones.9.       We will then hike back to the house and have a debreifing.  Afterwards pizza or Thai food depending on the groups preferences.    

Leader: Russell Peterson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 700
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Friday, 8/30/2019, Bancroft BMS Grad Trip

Head up after work Friday.  Camp at Trailhead. Climb Saturday.

Leader: Samuel Taggart
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Elevation Gain: 2500
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Monday, 9/2/2019, Capitol Peak-14,130'

Monday-02 Sep 2019:We will meet at 7am the Safeway: 3275 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80904. Here we will carpool to the Capitol Creek TH. The will aim to be at the TH and hiking around noon where we will hike up to Capitol Lake. it's about 6 miles. We will pitch tents and spend the night.

Leader: Britt Jones
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 17, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 5300
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Tuesday, 9/3/2019, Archuleta Lake Trail, Weminuche Wilderness Area

This is Day-1 of a 5-Day camping trip to hike five Colorado Wilderness Areas. Reservation for Sep 3-4 at Big Meadows Campground can be made at https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/232252/campsites no earlier than Mar 3, 2019.Each day is an exploratory hike.Arrive Big Meadows Campground, 11 miles SE of South Fork, CO, check in and set up camp. After setting up camp, hike west from the Big Meadows Campground, around Big Meadows Reservoir, and into Weminuche Wilderness Area. Hike as far toward Archuleta Lake as desired, then return same way.  After the hike we will camp overnightWeminuche Wilderness Area is about a half-million acres in size, the largest in Colorado.It contains the headwaters of both the Rio Brande and San Juan Rivers, cascading rivers, immense glacial valleys and windswept ridges of the 80-mile Continental Divide, which runs the length of the area, from Stoney Pass to Wolf Creek Pass.

Leader: John Walters
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Tuesday, 9/3/2019, Windom Pk 14,082'; Sunlight Pk 14,059'; Eolus 14,083', North Eolus 14,039' Chicago Basin

I know that this transcendence will be fleeting, but while it lasts, I spring along the path as if set free. —Peter Matthiessen,The Snow LeopardAs the quote above suggests, this will be a relaxed trip to enjoy the great Colorado scenery of the Chicago Basin.General plan for the trip:Tuesday Sept. 3                        Drive to Durango from DenverWednesday Sept 4                   8:45 train departure from Durango to Needleton Stop, Backpack in 6.5 mile and 2800 ft to Chicago BasinThursday Sept 5                      Alpine start, climb Sunlight then Windom Peaks, Class 4 on Sunlight right at summit, mostly class 3Friday  Sept 6                            Alpine start, climb Eolus and North Eolus, class 3, return to campSaturday Sept 7                       Break camp and backpack to Needleton stop, drink beer stashed in Animas River, catch 3:30 train, party in DurangoSunday Sept 8                          Head back to DenverAs you can see, this trip will be more than just a peak bagging experience.  LNT principles will be strictly followed in the basin.  I will provide all of the "blue bags" to haul out our personal waste.  Helmets will be required for all of the class 3 and 4.Once you are confirmed for the trip, I will give you the info to purchase your train tickets. I have an Air Band B reserved for Tuesday and Saturday night in Durango near the train station.Bear canisters will probably not be needed, but I will bring my 30 meter alpine rope to hang food sacks if we think we need to. 

Leader: Michael Gaudet
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 23, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 9,200
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Tuesday, 9/3/2019, Hagerman Peak 13841' (Elk Mountains) 3 day w/backpack

Hagerman Peak is the 87th highest summit in Colorado.  It is located in the Elk Mountains above Aspen and has as neighbors some of Colorado's grandest 14ers including the Maroon Bells and Capitol Peak.  It can be climbed from several directions and we choose the west approach from the ghost town of Crystal (famous for the gold mill calendar photo) and a pack in to Geneva Lake.  The full route is shown here https://caltopo.com/m/H1FL  which includes a fun drive over a rough road from Marble to the Crystal TH.  Trip elevation gain is 5300' so we break that into two days with the pack to the lake 2300'  in 4 miles (a "B" hike) and summit day 6 miles RT and 3000' gain (the "C-diff" hike).  The summit climb is steep 2+ terrain over broken rock and a climbing helmet is strongly advised.  We ask that only C or D hikers sign up for this trip.  Alternately contact a leader and tell us what you have been doing lately.  The trip is exploratory to the trip leaders although both have been to Crystal.Larger logistics are we leave Tuesday at 9AM, drive to Crystal, and pack to Geneva Lake.  Wednesday we climb Hagerman Peak, and Thursday we pack out from the lake (a 4 mile "A" hike all down hill) and drive back to Denver.  Each trip member is responsible for their own food.  On trail bring 2 breakfast, 2 dinner, 1 lunch.  The other lunches can be consumed on the drive to/from.   We have 6 people on the trip and two vehicles so expect to pay your driver 400 miles times 33 cents/mile divided by 3 people/car = $40.  Expect an E-mail about a week prior with more trip details. 

Leader: Grover Cleveland
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 14, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 5300
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Wednesday, 9/4/2019, Buffalo Peaks*

We will initially hike up an abandoned jeep road, which turns into a trail, until treeline (11,700’), then head south and do off-trail climbing up the NE ridge of East Buffalo Peak.From the summit of East Buffalo Peak we will head NW to gain the summit of West Buffalo Peak. We will begin out descent of West Buffalo Peak by scrambling down the NW ridge to about 13,000’ then alternately weave north, east, and northeast until we finally connect with the ascent trail.This is a hard hike; it is mostly off trail with boulders, loose talus, dead trees, and stream crossings… all impeding our journey. The group will travel at a moderate but deliberate pace, which will require about nine hours of hiking to complete the circular trip. Remember, a circular trip provides for few opportunities, if any, for an individual to stop short and turn back. Obviously this is less a social hike and more of a goal-oriented hike. Please assess yourself accordingly.

Leader: Rich McAdams
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3600
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Wednesday, 9/4/2019, Deluge Lake, Eagles Nest Wilderness*

Deluge Lake sits above treeline at 11,746' in the Eagles Nest Wilderness, and is surrounded by 13ers Grand Traverse Peak and Snow Peak.  Recent reports are that the wildflowers are spectacular.  Will they still be around in September, or will we see early fall colors?

Leader: Christopher Larson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3,400
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Wednesday, 9/4/2019, CT Segment #4* 14 miles OB from FSR 560

We are continuing our exploration of the Lost Creek Wilderness, going west on CO Trail Segment 4.  This portion of the CT starts near the Rolling Creek TH, which we have hiked several times before.  It intersects with the Payne Creek Trail, which we have snowshoed or hiked several times.  We start in the South Park Ranger district and pass into the South Platte Ranger District.  We mostly will be climbing upward on the way to our lunch spot.  Our goal is to hike about 7 miles in to a saddle at about 10,650.'  This hike may be exploratory for the leaders so the stats are approximate.

Leader: Durham Monsma
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 14, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2900
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Wednesday, 9/4/2019, Quartz Ridge Trail, South San Juan Wilderness Area

This is Day 2 of a 5-Day camping trip to hike five Colorado Wilderness Areas.Day 2 begins at Big Meadows Campground, 11 miles SE of South Fork, CO. Today's goal is to hike Quartz Ridge Trail into South San Juan Wilderness Area, then relocate to Wupperman Campground, on Lake San Cristobal, just south of Lake City, CO.Break camp, pack up and drive about 20 miles south on US 160 to Rd 667. then about three miles to Quartz Ridge Trailhead. Hike Quartz Ridge Trail and return to cars. Quartz Ridge Trail ((https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/sanjuan/recreation/recarea/?recid=43158&actid=50) is a steep trail with several switchbacks up to Quartz Ridge and beyond. We will not hike the entire length, but go as far as we want, then return the way we came. After the hike, drive north on US 160 to CO 149 to Wupperman Campground, just south of Lake City, CO. Drive is about 100 miles/3 hours. Will find a "first come" campsite in Wupperman, overlooking Lake San Cristobal, for a three-night stay.     

Leader: Linda Lawson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Wednesday, 9/4/2019, Evening Hike Series # 3 of 4 Red Rock Canyon Open Space

Specifically designed for hikers to chillax after their workday. Registered hikers will be sent an email with specific details several days prior to the hike. MODERATE pace ( 2 miles per hour ).

Leader: Y Mason
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 600
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Thursday, 9/5/2019, Hallett Peak 12,713' (RMNP) *

From the Bear Lake Trailhead in RMNP we will hike up to Flattop Mountain (12,324') feet before heading up to Hallett Peak.  Great views of Longs Peak, the Mummy Range, Dream and Emerald Lakes along the way.  Expect to see plenty of marmots, pikas and an occasional ptarmigan.  A good trail goes pretty much all the way to the top of Hallett.  There is some very light scrambling right at the very top but nothing too difficult.  There is absolutely no exposure on the route.Feel free to contact the trip leader with any questions or to get more information on the route.  This will probably be very busy day in RMNP and we will likely need to take the shuttle bus to the Bear Lake Trailhead. If you have an annual pass to RMNP, please be sure to bring it with you.Short refreshment stop in Estes Park after the hike.

Leader: Jeff Stevens
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3,254
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Thursday, 9/5/2019, Mount Flora 13,132 feet and Breckinridge Peak 12,889 feet*

Bring the 10 essentials, first aid kit, warm clothing, wind gear, and rain gear.Please inform the leader, prior to the trip, of any medical conditions that could affect you on the trip.On a clear day, there are great views of Vasquez Peak (12,947 feet), the Continental Divide, and three azure blue lakes in deep glacially scoured valley of Mill Creek north of Breckinridge Peak.  

Leader: Ralph Shroba
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2400
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Thursday, 9/5/2019, Mt. Spalding 13,842'

Start at Summit Lake, ascend to Spalding summit.  Return by same route.  Smashing views!  Please note that although this trip is rated as a difficult "A" hike, it will feel more like a B hike due to the high elevation and off-trail conditions. Mt. Evans entrance fee to be split by riders in each vehicle.  Bring wind/rain gear - just in case.

Leader: David Bebell
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 2, Elevation Gain: 1003
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Thursday, 9/5/2019, Powderhorn Park Trail, Powderhorn Wilderness Area

This is Day 3 of a five-day camping trip to hike five Wilderness Areas in Colorado, and the second night of a three-night stay at Wupperman Campground, south of Lake City, Co.Day 3 begins at Wupperman Campground. Today's goal is to hike Powderhorn Park Trail into Powderhorn Wilderness Area, then return to Wupperman for another day and two more nights camping above Lake San Cristobal.Powderhorn Park Trailhead is just off CR 788, about ten miles from From Co 149. The trail leads to Powderhorn Park, an open meadow about five miles and 1600' from the trailhead. Most of the trail lies in BLM territory and there isn't much info online.Powederhorn Wilderness is small - only about 60,000 acres with 45 miles of trails.  Fielder's "Complete Guide to Colorado's Wilderness Areas" states it is one of the largest unbroken expanses of alpine tundrea in the contiguous 48 states.  Described as having a sense of vastness with views of San Juan,Elk and Sawatch mountain ranges.

Leader: John Walters
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1600
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Thursday, 9/5/2019, Thursday Afternoon/Evening Rock Climbing Garden of the Gods, E Face Kindergarten


Leader: Roger Kilcoyne
Type: Rock Climbing
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Thursday, 9/5/2019, MSGR - Hike to Happy Hour

Join us in our Hike to Happy Hour series with Mountain Side Gear Rental, where we aim to get outdoors, meet new hiking buddies, and have a great time. We'll meet at Mountain Side Gear Rental's store at 6:00

Leader: Maddie Miller
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3.2, Pace: Fast, Elevation Gain: 200
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Friday, 9/6/2019, BKPS 2019 Group#1/Field #4

BKPS 2019 Group 1 students only. Trip Plan will be provided separately.

Leader: Jennie Popovich
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 13, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: TBD
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Friday, 9/6/2019, French Mountain (Centennial/13,940')*

This is a LIT hike for new leader Brian Tollensdorf. This hike is exploratory for the leader.French Mountain 13,940 ft via South Halfmoon Creek and south slopes10.5 miles, 3,600 feet of elevation gain, 8 hours estimated duration, moderate pace. This is a long and strenuous hike. Only for CMC members who have been active this summer and confident they can complete at least 12 miles should register for this hike.From cabin ruins at 12,500' leave the road and hike north toward the steep slope between Frasco Benchmark and French Mountain. Ascend the grassy slope to reach the 13,600-foot saddle between these two peaks and turn right to see French  Follow the short, Class 2 ridge to reach the summit of FrenchDepending on group ability and time we may go for Frasco and Casco as well and complete the loop. Otherwise, we'll return to the TH after French.Frasco's summit is 0.4 mile away and the ridge is a bit longer and more difficult than the ridge to French. The approach to these mountains includes two stream crossings so a suitable water shoe is required to avoid soaking our boots. We will put on a TEVA-like sandal for these crossings. Required Equipment: Ten Essentials and some kind of sandal or trail shoe for the stream crossingWill consider making an after-hike stop in Leadville, depending on the group's desires and our time back to Denver. Carpool: 200 miles round trip

Leader: Ken Yaphe
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3600
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Friday, 9/6/2019, 2nd Creek to Twin Cones *

We'll hike on-trail nearly the entire way, first passing the Broome Hut at the 1 mile point, then continuing on to the Continental Divide, ending at the Twin Cones.  The intent is to hike to first the South Twin Cone, then traverse to the North Twin Cone.Above the Broome Hut is all above timberline and should be quite beautiful and serene.

Leader: Kevin Schaal
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Friday, 9/6/2019, Fountain Valley Roxborough Park Morning Stroll

This is Early Bird #6 for an easy Morning Stroll, great for flowers, birds, deer etc.

Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 2.2, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 300
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Friday, 9/6/2019, Rough Creek Trail, La Garita Wilderness Area

John's backcountry theme for 2019 is to hike all 37 Wilderness Areas in Colorado. This is Day 4 of a five-day trip to hike five Wilderness Areas. Today's goal is to hike Rough Creek Trail in La Garita Wilderness Area. After the hike we will return to Wupperman Campground to overnight.One of Colorado's lesser known Wilderness Areas, La Garita is actually one of the state's five original WAs designated by Congress in 1964. It has twice been enlarged so today it covers 35 miles of the Continental Divide in the northern San Juan Mountains. In Spanish, La Garita means "The Lookout."Rough Creek Trail (463) climbs steadily to cross Rough Creek simultaneously with the intersection of crossing trail #459. We will trek as far as the group wants to, then return to the cars the same way.

Leader: Linda Lawson
Type: , Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Friday, 9/6/2019, Fly Fishing 11 Mile Canyon


Leader: Celia Dunlap
Type: Fishing, Trail mileage: 5
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Monday, 9/9/2019, Mt. Bethel 12,705' (from Dry Gulch)*

From Dry Gulch TH, we bushwhack a mile, cross the creek, head NE'ly up the ridge to the summit of Bethel, and return to the trail. The two miles to the summit are steep.

Leader: Robert Collins
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5.8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2,450
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Tuesday, 9/10/2019, Mount Yale 14,200 feet (4328 meters) *

This is the standard route to the top of Yale.  The trailhead is at about 9900 feet.  We will walk north up the Denny CreekTrail, entering the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness at about 10,160 feet. We will later take Mount Yale Trail to Yale's shoulder at 12,200 feet. 

Leader: Jeff Stevens
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8.7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4296
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Tuesday, 9/10/2019, Grizzly Gulch*

Travel up Stevens Gulch Road, then split off onto the Grizzly Gulch Trail.  Travel to the top where drainages come together. There is at least one creek crossing that could be fairly deep, approx 5-8 ft across. Be prepared to get your feet wet, so bring water sandals and a small towel. Trekking poles would be helpful to get across the creek. 

Leader: Durham Monsma
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1780
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