Fall 2019

Features

Sarah Tilt, One Montana, Gallatin Valley, Montana
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Anthony Pavkovich
A discussion with One Montana's Sarah Tilt. As part two of a four-part series on altruists inspired by the outdoors, Outside Bozeman caught up with One Montana’s Sarah Tilt for a conversation exploring the intersection of conservation and recreation. When not encouraging dialog about rural... Details
Tom Reed, Southwest Montana, Parenting
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Tom Reed
Raising a daughter in the mountains of Montana. When you were tiny and squalling, I carried you out to the horse pasture and we stood among them and listened. As soon as we were in them, among them, you quieted. Switched off the noise, turned on the attention. As they grazed and we smelled them.... Details
Montana State School Trust Lands, Hunting, PLWA
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PLWA
Gaining access to school-trust lands. While the debate over public-lands access has hit the mainstream, the issue has been brewing for decades. Even back in the 1950s, recreationists argued that Montana’s 5.2-million acres of school-trust lands belonged to the public and should be open to... Details
Ross Peak, Bridger Mountains, Bozeman, Montana
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A photographic study of Ross Peak. It’s not the highest point in the Bridgers. It barely falls within the range’s ten-tallest summits. But for whatever reason, we’re drawn to Ross Peak.Perhaps its counter-intuitive nature appeals to us; the farther you find yourself from its base, the more... Details
Ron Brunckhorst, Mountain Climbing, Southwest Montana
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Taylor VanRoekel
Local climbing legend Ron Brunckhorst. Enigmatic climber, route developer, guidebook author, local legend: for more than 40 years, Ron Brunckhorst has been quietly exploring Montana’s vertical realm of rock and ice. In that time, he’s built a reputation for putting up routes that prioritize... Details
Grizzly Bears, Bear Attacks, Montana, Hunting, Todd Orr
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Todd Orr
On October 1, 2016, Todd Orr was attacked by a grizzly bear—twice. This is his story. It was an early-fall morning as I began my hike up into the high country of southwest Montana. Three miles in, I spotted a sow grizzly and two cubs. She saw me as well and ran west with her cubs, out of sight over... Details

Departments

Hot Tub, Hunting, Bozeman, Montana, Yellowstone Club
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Joe King
Hot-tub hunting takes off.  What, exactly, is hot-tub hunting? Well, it’s just as it sounds: killing wild game from the steamy, aquatic comfort of your spa. First conceived in Texas, as a tongue-in-cheek option on private ranches where trophy-seekers pay thousands of dollars for guaranteed kills on... Details
Humbug Spires, Pioneer Mountains, Southwest Montana, Autumn
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Marjorie Smith
Fall is for the road.This autumn, I think I’ll head west on I-90 to retrace an exploration of more than 20 years ago when my daughter and I happened upon a scrap of Montana history that remains in my mind like a half-remembered dream.In Butte, I’ll pick up I-15 south and get off in Melrose, a tiny... Details
Public Lands, Stewardship, Public Access
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Zach Mills
A plea for better stewardship. I always boast about Bozeman, about the public land and the freedom to roam. I boast about the gratitude the locals have for the landscape. While we’re fortunate to live in a wild and relatively pristine area, what makes the Bozeman tribe unique is how acutely aware... Details
Bird Hunting, Hunting Dogs, Bozeman, Montana
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Dennis Glick
Lessons from an old bird dog.  Every experience we have in life is a lesson. Every person we meet, a teacher. Sometimes it’s hard to ferret out the lesson, but dig deeper, and there it is. Lately, I’ve expanded that theory to include not just people, but dogs—well, my dog Blitzen anyway. At this... Details
Osteoarthritis, Dogs, Canine, Bozeman
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Jason Wheeler
Osteoarthritis in canines.  Most Bozeman dogs lead an active lifestyle, taking part in all the outdoor activities the rest of us enjoy. For both people and pets, as we age and recover from injury, we’re sometimes confronted with discomfort associated with osteoarthritis (OA). OA can be a... Details
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Jim Manning
Celestial gatherings in the autumn sky. Fall is rendezvous time. Birds flock and head south. Bison and elk head for lower elevations. Cattle are rounded up for their winter pastures.The sky offers a rendezvous of its own this season in the form of a striking evening conjunction of the two brightest... Details
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Jake Walbridge
Tying the Shakey Bealy. As the rising sun crests the mountains, anticipation sets in. Cool, crisp air fills your nostrils as you rig your rod, taking added caution to ensure that every knot is flawless. It’s fall in Yellowstone Park, a time when a mistake might rob you of the fish of a lifetime.... Details
Nature Photography, Photography, Bozeman, Montana
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Ian Roderer
Nature-photography basics. When you see a stunning photo of a picturesque Gallatin River or a bugling bull elk on a misty morning, it can be hard to tell on the surface how much work went into its creation. Spoiler alert: it takes a great deal of work to produce any amazing photo and nature... Details
Gallatin Valley, Fall, Bozeman, Montana
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Drew Pogge
Finding peace in transition. "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." —Oscar WildeIn Montana, when the nights settle softly into frost and aspens blaze behind a half-cocked autumn sun, there is time, at long last, to breathe. Summer is wonderful and exhausting; we gulp... Details
Rock Climbing, Fall, Lower Madison Walls
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Dawn Brintnall
Classic fall climbs. Ahhhh, fall: when the weather goes from surface-of-the-sun hot to deep-space cold in a flash. To stay in orbit on the chilly fall days, you’ll want to head to a crag where you can drink in those ever-shortening rays of sunlight. Enter the Winter Wall in the Madison Valley.... Details
Hiking, Dogs, Bozeman, Montana
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Vicki Sielaff
And think like a dog. I saw a cartoon showing a person and a dog hiking in the woods with thought bubbles juxtaposed over their heads. The caption read, “Why your dog is happier than you.” The dog’s thought bubble showed only trees and a trail, and the person’s was a jumble of electronic gadgets,... Details
Skiing, training, winter, Bridger Bowl, Fitness, Health
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Drew Pogge
Strength training for ski touring. Screaming hip flexors, cramping calves, tight shoulders, breathless climbs in the skintrack—we’ve all been there. Ski touring combines demanding aerobic output with uphill-specific muscle groups, and downhill-specific strength, balance, and skill. That’s a lot to... Details
Bowhunting, Elk, Bozeman, Montana
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Few pastimes elicit as visceral a response as hunting elk with bow and arrow. It’s at once ancient and modern, both art and sport, as challenging as it is rewarding. And for the few hearty souls who have perfected the craft, it is the zenith of outdoorsmanship. But what about the rest of us? The... Details
Frazier Basin, Geology, Bridger Mountains
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Patti Albrecht
The fossils of Frazier Basin. Living in Montana gives us easy access to beef, wild game, and freshwater fish. However, few people realize that millions of years ago, lobster and other marine life lived in the warm, shallow seas that covered most of Montana. “Bahama Montana” is a term coined by MSU... Details
Manhattan, autumn drink, beverage
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Mark Lewis
Making a Manhattan. As colder temperatures become the seasonal norm, there is a noticeable shift in the consumption of spirits, from clear liquors such as vodka, gin, and tequila to darker ones such a rye, bourbon, and scotch. With that shift come some classic cocktails, like the Manhattan.The... Details
Shooting, Ammunition, Lead exposure, Copper Ammunition, Health
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John Cataldo
Switching to copper rounds. It was late summer when my fiancé Lisa and I began planning her first pronghorn hunt. Casually, over an elk-steak supper, she announced that she would not be using lead ammunition to harvest an antelope. It was only three weeks before opening day, and I was not... Details
Whitefish Bike Retreat, Whitefish Trail, Whitefish, Montana
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David Tucker
Fall mountain biking in Whitefish. Certain bucket-list items never get checked off. They move from one sheet of paper to the next, always written in ink but never struck through by Sharpie.On my bucket list, that item is fall mountain biking in Whitefish. For years I’ve wanted to head north as the... Details
Mimi Matsuda, Montana Artist, painting
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Artist Mimi Matsuda talks inspiration. Montana’s stunning landscapes and abundant wildlife have long inspired a variety of artists, from painters to poets. It was no different for Mimi Matsuda, whose whimsical work has come to represent Bozeman’s paired penchant for recreation and conservation. We... Details
Big Sky Biking, Fall, Southwest Montana Trails, hiking, trail-running
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Will Robertson
Biking Big Sky’s basics. Winter comes early to the Madison Range, which is why we’re grateful for the trail development in Big Sky’s Meadow Village. If you’re itching to sneak in some singletrack before the powder piles up, these are two good options.VitalsDistance: Hummocks 2.6 miles; Uplands 2.2... Details
Gallatin Valley, Fresh Produce, Canning
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Emely Lambert
Extending the harvest's bounty. After a summer harvest, there’s an abundance of produce to consume. Our growing season is short, but you can extend your consumption of local produce by canning, all while gaining health and performance benefits.The canning process involves placing foods in jars and... Details
Bull Moose, Madison River, Montana
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Ken Younger
A moose and an angler square off.  It was a blustery afternoon in late October. The weatherman predicted that the sun and mild temperature early in the day would give way to late showers. It looked like he was right as the wind gathered enthusiasm and the sky darkened in the distance. Past... Details
Running, Night time, Bozeman, safety, lights
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Cody Birram
Stay Visible While Running. If you’re a road runner, you understand the importance of visibility. You need to make sure that drivers notice you, especially in the fall when sunrise and sunset line up with morning and evening commuter traffic. When you’re visible, you’re much less likely to be hit... Details
Kenetrek, Rapid Rifle Covers, Stone Glacier, Skyblade Knives
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Gear up with these local companies.  Finding quality hunting gear can be just as challenging as bagging an elk. With so many options, and with standards changing all the time, how do you know where to start? Luckily, southwest Montana teems with manufacturers producing top-of-the-line equipment. So... Details
Lava Lake, Hiking, Fishing, Spanish Peaks, Lee Metcalf Wilderness
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Robert Stone
The Trail to Lava Lake. The tumbling whitewater of Cascade Creek rushes down between Jumbo Mountain and Table Mountain into Lava Lake, a 40-acre tarn formed by a landslide damming the creek. The forest-lined lake sits in a small, steep valley surrounded by granite walls, with the Spanish Peaks... Details
Hunting, Bozeman, Montana
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Carcass-dumpers take their turn in the pillory.  When you think of Montana hunters and Montana hunting, you think horsemen and elk. You think snow-capped mountains and amber meadows. Earnest, reverential hunters and time-honored tradition. You don’t think road-hunting, beer-swilling rednecks,... Details
Lower Madison, Madison River, Fly Fishing, Montana
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Travis Decker
Fall Fishing Downstream From Ennis. Fly fishermen tend to have impossibly high standards. Their tools of the trade alone are the pinnacle of angling technique, and between their ethics and their antics, it’s hard not to roll one’s eyes at the increasing pretention in this once-earthy endeavor. (... Details
Navigation, Survival, Bozeman, Montana
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John Betancourt
Relearning the map & compass.  We have become the ET Phone Home generation. Don’t get that reference? Google it.It means we are so dependent on our phones that we are lost without them—in some cases, literally.How many people these days could find their way out of the woods if their phones... Details
Bird Hunting, Hunting Dogs, Bozeman, Montana
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“Money will buy a pretty good dog, but it won’t buy the wag of its tail.” —Josh Billings To get a dog or not to get a dog: that is the seminal question for any bird hunter. Before you pony up the cash and take the time to train your own, consider this: like other people’s kids, with whom you can... Details
Banana Creme Pie, pastry, caramel sauce, Autumn recipe
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Meg Romano
Making banana cream pie. The cooler temps of fall always bring with them the desire to dine on comfort foods, savory and sweet alike. Autumn’s rich palette seems to incite cravings held at bay through the stifling heat of summer, and our ancestral urges to gorge are kicked into high gear. And gorge... Details
Gear, Organization, Garage, Bozeman, Montana
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Bozeman’s version of performance art.  In Bozeman, a gear garage (or shed or room or wing, as the case may be) is a badge of honor. The more varied the contents, the more esteemed their owner; the more ingenious the organization, the more envious the neighbor. We’ve seen it all, from bunkers to... Details
Hunting Season, Hunting, Bozeman
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Living where people hunt. Try as they might, there’s one thing newcomers will never change about Bozeman: this will always be a hunting town. Elk will always bugle come September, grouse will always scatter at the sight of a dog, and a big mule-deer buck will always make those in the know lick... Details

Gear Reviews

Review: Redington Prowler
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Mike England
Like other frugal fishermen, I refused to replace my beloved wading boots, instead modifying them with sheet-metal screws, duct tape, and other jury-rigging, season after slippery season. Until this year, when I discovered the Prowler from Redington. Strong and durable, with a wide toebox for... Details
Review: Hill People Runner's Kit
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Chris McCarthy
I wanted a chest pack to carry my .410 pistol while trail running—not for protection, but for mountain grouse my dog and I stumble across.Enter Hill People Gear’s Runner’s Kit Bag. This low-profile chest pack has ample room for my gun, ammo, a small first-aid kit, and other items.The adjustable... Details
Car Camping, Bozeman, GSI Outdoors, Meat Shredz
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Upgrade your outdoor kitchen. The height of camping season may be over, but it isn't too late to check out some new kitchen products for your outdoor kitchen. Here are a few of our favorites.GSI Outdoors Destination KitchenAt less than two pounds, GSI’s 24-piece Destination Kitchen includes every... Details
Review: Soundcast VG1
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Mike England
Whether it’s an all-day float or one last hoorah at your favorite swimming hole, music goes a long way. For a bomber bluetooth speaker that won’t fizzle out from a few splashes, check out Soundcast’s VG1. Light and compact, it stashes in a pack, then busts out crisp, full-range sound and a 15-hour... Details
Review: Lowa Aerox
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Simon Peterson
The Aerox GTX Lo Surround is a multifunctional trail shoe that combines Gore’s Surround concept with Lowa’s direct-injection midsole ventilation channels to give the foot 360 degrees of breathability. Combine that with an aggressive sole and the result is an extremely waterproof, lightweight shoe... Details
Review: Nemo Switchback
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Mike England
Compact air mattresses may be the new backpacking norm, but they’ll never be as comfy as traditional foam pads—especially those with modern upgrades. The NEMO Switchback is one such pad: it’s thick and plush, insulated to 20 degrees, weighs a paltry 14.5 ounces, and packs down small for convenient... Details
Review: Schnee's Kestrel
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Chris McCarthy
When I got my Kestrel boots from Schnee’s, I pulled them straight out of the box and went on a 25-mile backpack. It wasn’t the most challenging hike ever, but it had a little bit of everything, including mud, rock, water, and scree. The boots handled it all without missing a step—I’m actually... Details
Review: DNX Bars Grass-Fed Beef
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Mike England
Gorp and Clif Bars may stop a growling stomach, but nothing pleases the trail-worn palate like an old-fashioned hunk o’ meat—which is where the DNX Grass-Fed Beef Bar comes in. Various flavors exist; I like the Beef & Uncured Bacon Jalapeno option, which has a whopping 14 grams of protein and... Details
Review: Zenbivy Bed 23
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David Tucker
When I opened Zenbivy’s ultralight sleep system and saw instructions for a video tutorial, I was skeptical. Why do I need instructions to sleep? But after snoozing on the Bed 23 all summer long, I’m a convert. Zenbivy’s hook-and-loop system, explained in the videos, allows for more airflow and a... Details
Review: BOB Ibex
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Travis Decker
More and more, hunters are biking to access game from remote roads.But what if you drop a muley buck eight miles back and you need to get to your truck before dark? You load a quarter or two onto the Ibex trailer from BOB and get the heck outa dodge.The Ibex has suspension, is great for rough roads... Details
Review: Gregory Wander Youth
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Melissa Doar
Gregory’s Wander 50 is youth-focused, but its features and durability are comparable to adult packs. It’s designed to grow with young adults and its adjustability is a stand-out feature. Youth packs are often one-size-fits-all, but the Wander’s VersaFit adjustable suspension allows you to adjust... Details
Review: Orvis Upland Softshell
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Chris McCarthy
When upland bird hunting, you face a variety of conditions, from open fields to nasty brush. Orvis’s Upland Hunting Softshell Pants repeatedly rise to the occasion. The outer shell is water-resistant, plus an extra layer on the front protects against briars. Vented legs for warm days, a breathable... Details
Review: Kammok Kuhli Pro
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Mike England
When backpacking, an easy way to lighten the load is to carry a tarp instead of a tent—and if you choose the Kammok Kuhli Pro, you won’t sacrifice much in terms of comfort, either. Hypalon-reinforced anchor points make for a taut, water-shedding shelter, while integrated “storm doors” provide wrap-... Details
Review: Nemo Spike
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Mike England
Nothing beats chasing elk through the high country—and nothing’s worse than being caught in a nasty squall five miles from camp.Unless, of course, you packed along the Spike tent by NEMO. This clever little shelter is light, roomy, and bombproof; it sets up quickly and holds tough in wind, rain,... Details
Review: Salewa Ortles Hybrid Tirolwool Celliant
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Melissa Doar
The Salewa Ortles Hybrid Tirolwool Celliant women’s jacket is designed for warmth, breathability, and mobility for those stop-and-go, high-energy outdoor alpine adventures.This stylish, comfortable jacket provides extra insulation where it's needed most—in the chest, back, and shoulders. It’s... Details

Additional Articles

Grizzly Bears, Southwest Montana, Population Growth
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Morgan Jacobson
Making sense of grizzly-bear encounters in southwest Montana. One of the paradoxes of bear and human safety is that the practices associated with successful hunting inherently put hunters at a higher risk of encountering bears. It’s a cumulative effect of several factors: being outside in the fall... Details
Bear Spray Training, Tactic, Bozeman
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Joe Dwyer
Guns vs. bear spray. One of the most perilous hazards of hiking or hunting in western Montana is finding yourself between a grizzly bear and her cubs. In this worst-case scenario, you must think and act fast. Preparation and awareness are key to safety when planning an outing in bear country.... Details

Book Reviews

Wild Montana, Donald M. Jones, Wildlife, animals, photography
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Cordelia Pryor
Often, the highlights of a trip to Yellowstone or a weekend spent in the wilderness are encounters with the four-legged or winged compatriots we see along the way. In his book, Wild Montana (Farcountry Press, $27), photographer Donald M. Jones captures the curious, awe-inspiring, and often humorous... Details
Laboratory Yellowstone, book, science, geology, microbiology
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Cordelia Pryor
Although Yellowstone is famous for massive geological features and charismatic megafauna, there are actually more spectacular natural wonders than meet the eye—in fact, you’ll need a microscope. Laboratory Yellowstone and the DNA Revolution: A Field Guide to Thermophiles (Johnson Creek, $25)... Details
Last Woman in the Forest, mystery novel, Diane Les Becquets
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Melissa Doar
Inspired by the unsolved Connecticut River Valley murders that took place along the corridor of the Vermont and New Hampshire border in the 1980s, The Last Woman in the Forest (Penguin Random House, $26) is Diane Les Becquets’s adaptation of this real-life mystery into her our own tale, which takes... Details
Leaves on Frozen Ground, Dave Carty, Northern Wisconsin, Novel
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Mike England
Although set in northern Wisconsin, on the edge of the vast Northwoods, Leaves on Frozen Ground (Guernica, $20) might as well be about Bozeman. Extreme weather, summer tourists and expensive second homes, the wilderness whispering its secrets from the dark timber near town—all these elements ground... Details

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