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UpCOMING TRAMPS

You can see the list of upcoming tramps and other events here.

If you're not a member, please phone the organiser listed under each tramp description. They will assess whether the tramp is suitable for your level of fitness and experience, let you know what clothing and gear you need, and answer any questions you have. 

Please arrive 15 minutes before departure for briefing. See here for meeting locations.  Transport is usually provided using the club's vehicle. 

Check this website for updates as trips are subject to change.  Trips are run wet or fine.  

ON THE TRACK

Depending on numbers, we will have parties for shorter, medium and longer distances. 

Expect to be out for a full day, and to tramp on a variety of uneven terrains, which may be wet, slippery or steep. 

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CLOTHING & GEAR

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  • Clothing and gear to take
  • Safety guidelines
  • Use of private transport
  • Cancellations
  • Late returns

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Upcoming Tramps and Events

    • 16 Dec 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Auckland City or Gulf Harbour Ferry - NO BUS THIS WK

    Tiritiri Matangi Island,Open Sanctuary

    Join us for a rewarding day exploring all the tracks and hopefully spotting the “big five” on this amazing Bird Sanctuary island in the Hauraki Maritime Park. 

    Easy scenic walking amongst many native birds . The island has had a huge number of native trees planted over the decades with an interesting story (Tiritirimatangi.org.nz/history).

    *  Those leaving from Gulf Harbour, bring swim wear as we may swim afterwards, and of course on the island too, if we have time. 

    Meet at Pier Z Gulf Harbour Marina at 9.10 for 9.50 am departure. Ferry departs the Island 3.30pm.

    There is also a ferry departure from downtown Auckland at 9.00am. Please purchase tickets at fullers.co.nz. $78.

    Please note:  Fullers have changed their pricing structure to $78, the same as Downtown departure (9am), so punters may wish to take the Downtown option for better value.

    Maps: Tiritiri Matangi - online / printable

    Organiser: Mark Abela
    Phone:  02102239281

    • 23 Dec 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna
    1.  When: Sunday
           23rd  December
    2.  Time:    9:00 AM
          (meet & find  carparking)
    3.  Place: 2 Anzac Ave,
          Browns Bay
        - on the grass beside the Bays
           Club

    NO BUS THIS WEEK!!

    We'll do things a bit different this year, to switch things up.   As low tide isn't until bout 2.26pm we'll head for the stunning vistas along the cliff top walk & head south to Campbell's Bay and explore the nice shady bush circuits in reverse and pop out at Rae Rd, for another bush circuit most may not be aware of, heading towards the end of Kennedy Park to drop back down onto the foreshore at Castor Bay and back along the beach to to Browns Bay.    

    Swimming afterwards is an option, or more walking and then a swim. 
    Please note, the walk along the foreshore, will be uneven and slippery in places.   Bring a camera or phone for stunning photos.  

    Cost:   Free to all!! 
    Organiser:  Imogen   027 289 8440  (newbies, no texts please)
    • 27 Dec 2018
    • 11:30 AM
    • 4 Jan 2019
    • 12:30 PM
    • Queenstown Airport
    • 2
    Register

    For our 2018 Christmas tramping trip, we’re heading to the deep south for nine days of wonderful tramping in the Manapouri area.


    Due to a cancellation we have one space available in either the Mavora Lakes or Takitimu Mountain out party options. 

    HOME PARTY
    Based at the Green Crib in the Manapouri Motels and Holiday Park, which has views up the lake. 

    Inside 'Green Crib' Manapouri Motels

    A minibus is available for transport. Possible one-day and two-day trips include:
     
        Mt Luxmore
        Hope Arm Circuit
        Back Valley
        Key Summit
        Lake Marion
        Gertrude Saddle
        Green Lake
        Hidden Falls
        Tutuko Falls

    Day trips to Doubtful Sound are also a possibility (at extra cost).

    A view of Doubtful Sound from up high.

    OUT PARTIES

    Mavora Lakes, 5 days, slow party
    Shuttle from Queenstown Airport to the Greenstone Track. Three hours to the Greenstone Hut for the first night. 4–5 hours a day heading south to the bottom of South Mavora Lake.


    Takitimu Mountains, 5 days medium party
    Tramping on good tracks through beech forest. Excellent views south on the fourth day. 6–8 hours a day.

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    Mt Titiroa, 4–5 days, medium party
    Traverse of Mt Titiroa (the white mountain). Camping on the tops—weather dependent. 6–8 hours a day. (Maps available below).


    Day and Overnight Trips
    After the out parties return there will be the option for day trips with the Home party, and / or a gentle two-day trip (1–2 January 2019) to Green Lake.

    COST
    Out parties $450.00. Home party $590.00.

    All accommodation, local shuttle costs and cooker fuel included. Flights Auckland/Queenstown/Auckland are not included in the costs.

    Everyone meets at Queenstown Airport by 11.30am on Thursday, 27 December 2018.

    Return flights can be any time after 12.30pm on Friday, 4 January 2019.

    BOOKINGS
    Bookings opened Saturday 7 April  with a limit of 20 club members and was quickly fully booked. The limit was extended to 30 and remains fully subscribed.

    We have one space available due to a cancellation - in either the Mavora Lakes or  Takitimu Mountain out party.

    Register via the website or contact Karen at bookings@nstc.org.nz / 027 410 6001.

    PAYMENT
    A $50.00 deposit is required to confirm a booking, and final payment is due by 9 November 2018. The deposit is refundable up to the final payment date.

    ORGANISER
    Roger Parsons by email here / 419 0552.  

    MAPS:

    Out party

    Mavora Lakes 5 days, slow party

    Takitimu Mountains, 5 days, medium party

    Mt Titiroa, 4–5 days, medium party

    Online: Mavora Lakes / Takitimu Mountains / Mt Titiroa

    Printable: Mavora Lakes / Takitimu Mountains / Mt Titiroa

    GPS: Mavora Lakes / Takitimu Mountains / Mt Titiroa


    Home party - 1 day and 2 day trips

    Online: Mt Luxmore / Hope Arm Circuit Back Valley /

    Key Summit / Lake Marion / Gertrude Saddle /

    Green Lake / Hidden Falls / Tutuko Falls

    Printable: Mt Luxmore / Hope Arm Back Valley /

    Key Summit / Lake Marion / Gertrude Saddle /

    Green Lake / Hidden Falls / Tutuko Falls

    GPS: Mt Luxmore /  Hope Arm Back Valley /

    Key Summit / Lake Marion / Gertrude Saddle /

    Green Lake / Hidden Falls / Tutuko Falls

    To access the printable maps, download the zipped file, and either:

    • open the zipped file, then drag the files to a new location OR
    • press and hold (or right-click) the zipped file, select Extract All, and then follow the instructions

    • 6 Jan 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna
    Time:         9am

    Where:      Hobsonville - NO BUS THIS WEEK!!

    Meet at:     As at 02 Dec 2018 - new meeting place cnr Launch Rd & Boundary Rd [by big stone wall], Hobsonville Point (should be ample parking).

    New ground for the club again!     Join us for the newly opened board walk along the mangroves at Hobsonville that was opened 17 November 2018, that adds to the existing ring, now making 5kms. 

    After this we'll head up the Greenhithe Bridge making a beeline for the bush tracks and parks tucked away around Greenhithe. 

    More new ground & some very pretty scenery along the way!  

    Bring your camera or camera phone. 

    Please ensure you're there by 8.45am as usual so we can get everyone registered as usual. 

    Bring swimming gear for a swim maybe, as we may spot a suitable place along the way.  
     
    Cost:           Free to all   
    Organiser:  Imogen  0272898440  (No texts please newbies)

    • 13 Jan 2019
    • 7:40 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna

    Time:         7.40am - to get everyone registered.  

    8AM SHARP DEPARTURE!!!!

    Organiser:  Imogen  0272898440  (No texts please newbies)

    Where:      Waiake Beach, Torbay.   To the right of the toilet block, under the very large Norfolk Pines.   Whether you are an experienced tramper or a novice newbie looking to join a really friendly, very well established, organised club with a variety of ages, this is the day for you!  We'll have different group distances to suit different fitnesses as usual.  

    We'll start very promptly at 8am to catch the low tide that was about 6.50am and head north around on the foreshore past pretty Winstone's Cove and through to Long Bay, and head up the headland to take in a few of the very scenic cliff top tracks before returning via different paths along the stream and back to Waiake Beach for a relaxing, cooling swim on the high tide, ice cream or coffee (cafe across the road) and socialising.  

    Please note the foreshore will be slippery and uneven.    Expect to walk approximately 4-5 hours.  
    Please bring:  swimming gear, ample food and water and day pack.   Comfortable trail shoes or running shoes you don't mind getting dirty will be ideal.   

    We may see if we can organise a bbq for afterwards, so have a chilly bin stowed in your car ready with whatever treats you may like to really make a day of it.  (TBC)

    ***   Please be considerate of beach go'ers and any sailing events and park up Ellangowan Road or up from the beach up Beach Road.   Please carpool where possible.  

    **     Please check the link for things to bring:    https://www.nstc.org.nz/useful-info

    NOTE EARLIER START TIME!!

    Cost:           Free to all    
    • 20 Jan 2019
    • 8:30 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna or Silverdale Park & Ride
    Register

    There's something for everyone in this Regional Park that was gifted to Auckland City in 2018 by Jackie and Pierre Chatelanat who wanted to ensure that all New Zealanders could enjoy access to the Kaipara Harbour and that the cultural heritage values would be protected.
    Please ensure you bring lots of water, hat and sunscreen.

    Depart:
    •    8.30am at The Strand, Takapuna
    •    8:45am Silverdale Park and Ride bus stop   

    Please note early departure time.

    Cost: •    $20 members           •    $25 non-members


    Organiser: Peter Wortman 021 996 242

    Maps:  :  Download Auckland Council park map here

    • 25 Jan 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 28 Jan 2019
    • To be confirmed
    • 4
    Register
    Mt Hikurangi, East Cape

    When:  25-28 Jan 2019

    Details have been finalised for this long weekend trip.  Due to the travel time required, the bus will now leave on Friday 25th January at 10am. 

    We are still seeking a second bus driver.

    Departure location TBC.

    Return: Monday 29 January (approx 3-4pm)

    Cost $210. Trip limit of 18 people in total, including a tent option for up to 10  (same price).  Final payment due Thursday 17 January.

    For additional detail please refer to the links below .

    Mt Hikurangi (1752 metres) in the Raukumara Ranges is the tallest non-volcanic mountain in the North Island, and the first part of mainland New Zealand to greet the rays of the new day’s sun. It is a place of immense spiritual importance to the Ngati Porou people.

    Friday: The drive to Te Araroa near East Cape (via Tauranga and Opotiki) will take about eight hours. We’ll spend  the night at Te Araoa Holiday Park and Motel. Either sleep on the bus or tent if you want to.

    Saturday: At 8.00 am drive to Ruatoria, then via Tapuaeroa Valley Road to Pakihiroa Station. The party will walk up to the Hikurangi hut, mostly over open farmland and takes about 5–6 hours. Yellow poles indicate the route. Just before the hut, we will encounter nine whakairo (carved sculptures) representing Maui and s family, erected to commemorate the new millenium. Options of tenting or staying in the hut. The hut sleeps 8–10 people and is described on one website as “very rustic”.

    Sunday: Walks up to the summit (2 hours). The last 400 metres is a steep scree slope. If the weather is kind, the views will be spectacular, extending to Mt Ruapehu. Back to the drop-off point by 3.00 pm and return to Te Araroa camp. Options again of sleeping on the bus or setting up tent.

    Monday: We drive back to Auckland, with one or two short stops along the way, depending on weather/interest.


    Organiser: Chris Bilham 022 657 3837 / 551 7780 or email here

    Bookings: Register via the website, or contact Karen Baeyertz ph 027 410 6001 or bookings@nstc.org.nz.

    More information:

    http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/east-coast/places/raukumara-conservation-park/things-to-do/mount-hikurangi-te-ara-ki-hikurangi/

    https://webmail.xtra.co.nz/appsuite/api/mail/Mt%20Hikurangi%20Tramping%20Info.pdf?action=attachment&folder=default0%2FINBOX&id=257890&attachment=2&user=4&context=2156752&decrypt=&sequence=1&delivery=view

    Weather Info:

    Ruatoria:

    http://www.metservice.com/rural/gisborne#!/ruatoria

    Hikurangi Hut:

    https://www.yr.no/place/New Zealand/Gisborne/Gisborne Canoe and Tramping Club Hut


    Updated Maps (28/10/18)   Online / Printable GPS

    To access the printable maps, download the zipped file, and either:

    • open the zipped file, then drag the files to a new location OR
    • press and hold (or right-click) the zipped file, select Extract All, and then follow the instructions

    NZ Topo50 Maps:

    • BE44 Te Puia Springs (includes Mt Hikurangi)
    • BD45 East Cape
    • BF45 Maru Point (Tolaga Bay)
    • 30 Jan 2019
    • 7:30 PM
    • Senior Citizens Hall, 7 The Strand, Takapuna
    With the largest contingent for years heading down south for the new year, this social evening will include a number of presentations of tramps in the Manapouri / Southland region.

    From the various out party  Mavora Lakes, Takitimu Mountains and Mt Titiroa trips, to the shorter one and two day tramps such as Key Summit, Lake Marion, Green Lake and Hope Arm Circuit likely to be knocked off, it’s bound to be a great evening. Be prepared for some amazing slides, and tales.


    Everyone is welcome.  The social evenings are a great way of connecting, and staying in touch with all your NSTC tramping friends. Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of every second month.


    As usual, there will be tea & coffee & a few nibbles afterwards.

    Time: 7.30pm

    Location:  The Senior Citizens Hall, The Strand, Takapuna,  (left door, behind the spiral staircase behind Massimo Cafe.

     See here for how to find the hall.

    Cost: Free

    • 3 Feb 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna

    Massey - Hobsonville-Te Atatu

    Some new ground again for the Club.

    Starting near Moire Park in Massey, we'll head for the tracks and paths that are just above the sea views to your right, through past the Hobsonville Marina, heading for Hobsonville.  We'll retrace our steps back to the bus.  We should have time then to move the bus down the road to Te Atatu Peninsula to walk the point tracks there too.

    Please bring a bag to put over your boots/footwear whilst we move the bus.

    As we will be out in the open most of the day, please ensure you have ample food and water and sunblock/sun protection.

    Depart 9.00 am The Strand, Takapuna

    Cost:   $5 members
                 $10 Non members and  $5 Juniors


    Organiser: Imogen
     Phone: 027 289 8440 (no texts please)



    • 10 Feb 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • Fullers Ferry
    Waiheke Park Point

    Matiatia to Park Point via Church Bay, Coastal Track

    All groups will aim to get to Park Point followed by a short walk to the Pio Rehutai Reserve, a bush walk to the trig overlooking the island, then following the marked track to Blackpool, into Oneroa and back via a choice of tracks to Matiatia. The longer party will head from Oneroa to Owhanake via a short stretch of road then on the coastal track back to the ferry.

    A reasonable level of fitness required as there are numerous steps on both sections of this walk.

    Depart: Fullers Ferry leaves Devonport at 9.10 and returns at 2.00 or 4.00pm.

    Cost:  Fares $40.  Gold Card free.

    Note:  Get your ticket in advance - either on line or early on the day  due to summer demand and cruise ships.

    Organiser:  Trish Jenner   Ph: 021 215 3372

    • 17 Feb 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • The Strand, Takapuna

    From the carpark we walk up through some mature pines to the edge of the iron sand mine at Waikato North Head, with views of Waikato River entrance and Port Waikato. We then drop down a very steep sand dune to the Waikato River mouth. After following the beach for a kilometre, we re-enter the forest and are soon faced with a stiff climb to the Northern high point, then an easy grade through mature bush and back to the bus.

    A varied and interesting group walk, suitable for trampers of moderate fitness. Please remember sun hat and sun screen.

    Depart: 9.00am The Strand

    Fare: $20 members
               $25 non members

    Organiser: Rod Newbold

    Phone: 021 541 986



    • 23 Feb 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 24 Feb 2019
    • The Strand, Takapuna

    Leaving Takapuna Saturday morning 8am, driving through Waitomo to the end of Appletree Road dropping off one party. The bus carries on via Te Anga Rd to the end of Speedies Rd, park the bus and walk from here.  Parties meet in the middle at Blueberry Flat Campground for the night. Next day both parties walk into the gorge towards Were Rd and back to Blueberry Flat where parties split up and walk out the way they have NOT come in. Sights on the way are Tawarau Falls, Double Falls and the steep limestone formations through the gorge.  Back Sunday late afternoon.

    Depart: Saturday 23 February 8.00am

    Cost: $65

    Organiser: Bernhard Klar 

    Phone: 09 483 7889 /027 278 3778

    Register via the website or contact Karen

    bookings@nstc.org.nz/ 027 410 6001


    • 15 Mar 2019
    • 17 Mar 2019
    • Como Street, Takapuna
    Register

    Cape Brett Track traverses through native and regenerating bush for 16kms. The track runs along the ridge through Maori-owned land before reaching conservation land at Deep Water Cove - Manawahuna for the last 6km of the track. You can take a side track (1 hr return) down to Deep Water Cove where you can enjoy a refreshing swim and snorkel. Expect dramatic coastal views, steep cliffs and drop-offs to the side of the track.

    Depart: Como Street, Takapuna.  NB.  Not our Sunday departure location

    Time:  TBC

    Cost:TBC

    Organiser: TBC.  Required please

    Register through the website, or contact Karen 0274 106 001 / bookings@nstc.org.nz.

    • 18 Apr 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • 22 Apr 2019
    • TBC

    Details to follow.


Past Tramps

9 Dec 2018 Ernies Track, Central Hunua Ranges
2 Dec 2018 Mataia Farm Kaipara Harbour - Sunday
30 Nov 2018 Mataia Farm Kaipara Harbour - Weekend
28 Nov 2018 November Social Evening
25 Nov 2018 Mt Tamahunga, North Auckland
18 Nov 2018 Scandrett Regional Park Mahurangi, North Auckland
10 Nov 2018 Kaimai Ridge Line Working Bee, Kaimai Ranges
4 Nov 2018 Musick Point, Bucklands Beach - Low Tide
28 Oct 2018 Kaitarakihi, Coromandel Range
20 Oct 2018 Labour Weekend - Lake Tarawera, Rotorua
14 Oct 2018 Meremere, Waikato
7 Oct 2018 Waitawheta Walkway, Kaimai Ranges
30 Sep 2018 Ahuroa, Puhoi, North Auckland
26 Sep 2018 September Social Evening -South America
23 Sep 2018 Clubs 50th Anniversary Party!!
16 Sep 2018 Clubs 50th Anniversary Trip, Rangitoto Island, Hauraki Maritime Park
9 Sep 2018 Tapapakanga Regional Park, South Auckland
2 Sep 2018 Awhitu Regional Park, South Auckland
26 Aug 2018 Dome Valley, Warkworth
18 Aug 2018 Crosbies Hut, Coromandel Forest Park Mini Weekend
12 Aug 2018 Riverhead Forest, North Shore
5 Aug 2018 Manukau Coast Path, South Auckland
29 Jul 2018 Puhinui Creek Wander, South Auckland
25 Jul 2018 July Social Evening - Little Barrier Island
22 Jul 2018 Beachlands to Maraetai, South Auckland
15 Jul 2018 Ernies Track, Central Hunuas
8 Jul 2018 Mangawhai Estuary South and Beach, North Auckland
1 Jul 2018 Devonport / Bayswater / Hauraki, North Shore
24 Jun 2018 Te Henga Walkway, Waitakeres
17 Jun 2018 Takapuna to Devonport Return, North Shore
10 Jun 2018 Kimpton’s Track Brookby, South Auckland
1 Jun 2018 Queens Birthday Weekend, Tongariro National Park
30 May 2018 May Social Evening and AGM
27 May 2018 East Auckland Urban Walk
20 May 2018 Northcote/Birkenhead Urban Walk, North Shore
13 May 2018 Mt Te Aroha, Kaimai Ranges
6 May 2018 Club Planting Day, Motuihe Island, Hauraki Gulf
29 Apr 2018 South Kaipara Peninsula, North Auckland
20 Apr 2018 Extended ANZAC Weekend - Coastal Walk: Kapiwairua – Te Paki Stream, Far North
15 Apr 2018 Shakespear Regional Park, Whangaparaoa Peninsula, North Auckland
8 Apr 2018 Cosseys Dam/Wairoa Dam Hunuas, South Auckland
30 Mar 2018 Great Barrier Island - Easter
28 Mar 2018 March Social Evening - Trip Photos from China and Tibet
25 Mar 2018 Waitawa Regional Park, South East Auckland
19 Mar 2018 Kaimai Track Clearing, Kaimai Ranges
18 Mar 2018 Rotoroa Island, Hauraki Gulf
11 Mar 2018 Mangawhai Cliffs Walkway, North Auckland
4 Mar 2018 Karangahake Gorge, Waikato
25 Feb 2018 Wairoa River, Hunua Ranges
25 Feb 2018 Mercer Bay, Waitakeres (cancelled)
18 Feb 2018 Little Shoal Bay - Le Roys Bush - Kauri Point/Centennial Park - Kauri Glen, North Shore
11 Feb 2018 Oneroa Peninsula, Waiheke Island
4 Feb 2018 Atiu Creek, Kaipara Harbour
31 Jan 2018 January Social Evening
27 Jan 2018 Anniversary Weekend: Hunuas, South Auckland
21 Jan 2018 Tawharanui, North Auckland
14 Jan 2018 Summer Open Day - Mahurangi West Regional Park, North Auckland
7 Jan 2018 Long Bay to Okura, North Shore
27 Dec 2017 Christmas Trip: Kahurangi and Golden Bay
17 Dec 2017 Puhoi, North Auckland
10 Dec 2017 Waharau Regional Park, Hunua Ranges
3 Dec 2017 Tiritiri Matangi, Gulf
29 Nov 2017 November Social Evening
26 Nov 2017 Hakarimata, Waikato
19 Nov 2017 Ernies Track, Hunua Ranges
12 Nov 2017 Motuora Island, Gulf
9 Nov 2017 November Committee Meeting
5 Nov 2017 Karekare, Waitakeres
29 Oct 2017 Kaipatiki Coastal Reserves, North Shore
20 Oct 2017 Te Urewera National Park, Labour weekend
15 Oct 2017 Hapuakohe Walkway (northern end), Waikato
11 Oct 2017 October Committee Meeting
8 Oct 2017 Waitakeres - Twin Peaks, Huia
1 Oct 2017 Hunuas - Workman Track
27 Sep 2017 September Social Evening
24 Sep 2017 Modest Mid-Waitakere Traverse
23 Sep 2017 Cancelled - Trip Leader Training Weekend - Pukenui Forest, Whangarei
17 Sep 2017 Public Open Day - Whangaparaoa Peninsula Low Tide
10 Sep 2017 Albany Tracks - Extra Tramp
9 Sep 2017 Kaimai Ranges - Cancelled / Replaced with Albany Sunday Trip
3 Sep 2017 Rangitoto Island - 49th Anniversary Trip
27 Aug 2017 Waitakeres - Lower Nihotupu Reservoir
20 Aug 2017 Waitakeres - Cornwallis to Parau
13 Aug 2017 Waitakeres - Lone Kauri Loop/Karekare
6 Aug 2017 Te Araroa Walkway - Takapuna to Long Bay
30 Jul 2017 Goldie Bush / Mokoroa Stream/Te Henga
26 Jul 2017 July Social Evening
23 Jul 2017 Mataia / Kaipara Harbour - Day Trip
21 Jul 2017 Mataia Farm Kaipara Harbour - Weekend
16 Jul 2017 Shakespear Regional Park - Volunteer Day
9 Jul 2017 Okura Walkway to Stillwater return - WINTER OPEN DAY!!
2 Jul 2017 Auckland City Coast to Coast Walk
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