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I learned something while hiking across Europe when I was much younger that cheese does not need to be refrigerated if it's not left out for days and days and days. I like to take a small block of cheese emoticon with me in a sealable container. Mixed nuts is also one of my stables on longer hikes.. both are high in fats but I seem to crave fat when I'm working really, really, really hard.. I typically stay away from both of these when I'm just at home not expending so much energy and burning off so many calories. I'm also a big fan of carrying along a couple of apples.. apples and cheese are amazing together. I always bring CLIF bars and CLIF Shot Energy Gel and typically pull those out when the going gets really tough and I'm running out of umph. For overnighters dried packaged soups, dried ginger & dried figs (more cheese and apples). Keep it simple.. drink a lot of water *

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I never give peanut butter houseroom, as it is just too tempting for me.

But it is a definite staple for me on the trail. Delicious, and very calorie dense for the weight.

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We actually brought a jar of peanut butter on one our our longer backpacking trips and found it was good on just about everything....oatmeal for breakfast was great w/ extra peanut butter, and the dehydrated chicken dinners (especially the Thai one) was also great with the peanut butter, and I think one night we had one of those dehydrated chocolate mousse desserts w/ peanut butter, yum!

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For our week long backpacking trips, it's dehydrated foods and small helpings of a trail mix (cranberries, nuts and granola) for me. Currently gearing up for a trip in two weeks and after reading some of these posts, I may try something different.

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No kayotic, there isn't. I could just cut a whole watermelon and dig in .... it is the best to quench that desire for something cool, refreshing and just a touch of sweet.

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It doesn't get much better than a cooler full of watermelon at the end of a long, dusty hike! So refreshing...

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I am new to the group but thought I would toss out my trail food. When I hike, it is usually 8-14 miles with average elevation gains of 2,000 feet. For breakfast I have an egg-white omelet with spinach and cheese on a whole wheat muffin and a protein packed fruit smoothie that I add wheat germ to and a banana. And of course COFFEE!! I don't carry a "pack" per say, but rather a camelback with pockets. :) I like to carry nuts w/ cranberries, homemade turkey jerky, a PB&J sandwich for our half way stop, fresh fruit of some type, usually an apple or banana and I have recently gotten in to the KIND bars. I keep it all separately packed and in easy to reach places that I can just grab something while I am moving if need be. We also keep a cooler in our car for when we come out. It is packed with lean meats, whole grain wraps, chips (my one weakness) and fresh cut up watermelon. I can't think of a time when I was out of energy, famished or felt heavy laden in the belly. I still calorie count when we pack for our hikes, but I don't deprive myself.

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JStetser, is fruit (without added sugar) OK? You could replace the jam with fresh strawberries or banana. If you prefer to go without the fruit, but still want the peanut butter, how about celery w/ peanut butter? That's a portable snack (you can put 2 together, peanut butter side face to face). Or just bring nuts and fruit, or hummus and veggies.

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I usually just take water when hiking. If I think about it I might take an apple.

Backpacking is a whole different matter, that's hungry business. For weekend backpacking trips, I like things in flour tortillas. For breakfast I like a breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs, cheese and bacon crumbles. I usually take a couple of fresh eggs carefully wrapped for this purpose. They travel surprisingly well. For lunch, I like a nice tuna salad made from tuna packed in water (the kind in the foil pouch), hard boiled egg and those little packets of pickle relish, mayonnaise and a touch of mustard. I schmush it all together in a zip lock bag and roll it up in a couple of flour tortillas. Dinner could be anything. I like to take real food that cooks quickly. I often marinate strips of steak, peppers and onions and freeze it in a zip lock. It thaws while I walk and I just fry it up and wrap it up burrito style with some cheese. Macaroni and cheese is also awesome on the trail and tastes good with tuna stirred in. Along with regular food I also take some tasty trail mix, various energy drink mixes and instant coffee.

Now, from reading this you might think that I must have a really heavy pack. Nope. I actually pack reasonably and make sure to eat the heaviest food first.

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I also eat a PBJ while hiking. It is the peanut butter that has no sugar, but I add a jam with some sugar. I need to make a change because I have Type 2 Diabetes, and the sugar is affecting my glucose levels. Any ideas? More information is in my blog.
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Hello, I have just joined the team, and found the team very interesting. I love to hike, bike, walk or just get outdoors period.
One of the foods I take with me on when I am out is peanut butter, I am a peanut butter nut. I have been doing this for over 20 years back to when I worked with boy scouts. Protein for the trail, also pack fruits with me. Eat it with a spoon.

For breakfast I love to take instant oatmeal with honey and a spoonful of peanut butter ( I said I was a nut), and heat it up. I have taken the empty peanut butter jar and put my oats and honey in it and microwaved it for about 30 seconds or so, then shake it up. But be sure and remove all the aluminum seal, I forgot to check Monday and had a small fire going in the microwave.

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Hi everyone! I am new to the group, and actually have only been back on the trails for a little over a month - so shorter hikes for me right now, and I actually have to remind myself to eat because I am notoriously NOT hungry when I am out hiking. Probably the biggest thing that I am HUGE on is tons of water and electrolyte replacement, and I keep a baggie of trail mix in my pack, as well as a fresh apple for eating on the trail. The plan for this weekend is to finally take the 8 mile, more challenging trail at one of our favorite state parks, and I will probably bring sandwiches along, most likely PB&J.

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For hikes I only pack Sport Beans, mostly for my husband who is diabetic. We usually go out to lunch before our hikes so I don't need anything else.


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1) What kind of food do you take on the trail?
I bring teriyaki jerky, Corn Nuts, peanut M&Ms, dehydrated pineapple and coconut chips, peanut butter and tortillas for my vegetarian husband and Chex Mix. For dinner we make raman mac & cheese, beans and rice, vegetable stuffing and curry raman (all homemade dehydrated meals). And hot tea, honey-ginger drink and some sort of cookie for an after dinner treat.

2) How often do you eat? Do you eat at a certain mileage or certain time into the hike?
We stop and eat when we are hungry. I lose my appetite when we backpack and have to force myself to eat but I probably do not ingest more than 800-1,000 calories a day. Because I have a difficult time eating while backpacking I drink a lot of Nuun.

3) If you are going for a long hike (say 5+ miles), what do you eat for breakfast?
All of our backpacking days range between 8-12 miles (I am a very very slow hiker). Breakfast on the trail makes me gag so I usually stick with coffee and a couple bites of a PopTart. My husband eats homemade oatmeal mixes.

Surprisingly for me, my lack of appetite hasn't been an issue while backpacking. I don't get sick or shaky.

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I love the suggestions on this post. Thank you!

For the hikes & kayaks I do in Florida, my routine works well. High protein breakfast - cheese omelet works best. I have been bringing Kind Fruit & Nut bars as well as protein bars for breaks. Sometimes instead of the Kind bar, I'll do a fruit leather type bar (all fruit) or bring some fresh fruit. I keep a permanent"stash" in my gear of a trail mix packet, a fruit bar, packet of almonds, and a pouch of Emergen-C (for electrolytes). If I still hungry after eating than the snacks I've bought for the day, I'll go in my stash. If I'm hiking, I use a pack with a hydropack bladder, so drinking on the trail is no problem. When I'm kayaking, it is more of an issue.

However, I'm getting ready to do a major weekend hiking trip away from Florida in a few months. After reading the notes, I realize I will need to bring more food or different types of food with me.

Again, thanks for all the great suggestions.

An additional note, I have at times thrown a sweet, red pepper in my pack and eaten it like an apple. I'll only buy red peppers if they're organic. When I do get them, it's a rare treat so enjoy taking them all kinds of places.

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It's so refreshing....pack a cooler and give it a try, you won't regret it! emoticon

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Yum, watermelon in your car! What a great idea KAYOTIC! I always leave additional water and snacks but didn't really think about watermelon.

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We've been keeping cut up watermelon in a cooler at the car for when we get back from our runs, nothing better!

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I like to add something to every third or fourth container of water. I am a constant fueler when going uphill. Nuts and chocolate. For sentimental reasons I also do Jolly Ranchers when pushing hard. For a day hike, nothing will ever beat P&J.

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A breakfast with protein and carbs and at least 500 calories. For snacks I bring small apples and raw sunflower seeds. Lunch a sandwich with quality bread and lots of protein.

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1) What kind of food do you take on the trail? Water, Poweraide Zero, Luna Bar, almonds, beef jerky, oranges, bananas.

For longer hikes, I'll take a sandwich or a pita in addition to the above mentioned. Usually meat and veggies. (Had not considered peanut butter. Time to fix this oversight.) If I do pack a sandwich, I try to nibble at it a bit at a time, I hate feeling too full when I'm trying to hike, and also, when I'm working out I really don't feel like eating much.

2) How often do you eat? Do you eat at a certain mileage or certain time into the hike? It depends on how long the hike is and how strenuous it is. If there is a particularly difficult part, we usually stop afterwards to recharge (for the sake of my daughter, as much as anything.) If there is a nice viewpoint or stop along the way, we might elect to wait until we get there to eat.


3) If you are going for a long hike (say 5+ miles), what do you eat for breakfast? I like protein. I usually have pretty much the same breakfast everyday:
Scrambled egg (2 if I know I'm going to be very active)
2 slices of turkey bacon
1 whole wheat pita
Tbsp remoulade

Sometimes I'll mix it up a little and have oatmeal instead, but I find that I make it longer without getting hungry if I consume a good amount of protein for breakfast and save my heavy carbohydrates for later in the day. (This may not work for everyone, but works fine for me.)

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1) What kind of food do you take on the trail? I like FiberPlus bars, Mojo bars, fruit (apples,bananas, oranges, grapes whatever I have around the house), nuts, if I'm hiking during lunchtime I take a sandwich and 21 goldfish crackers, bottled or flavored water
2) How often do you eat? Do you eat at a certain mileage or certain time into the hike? I try to eat like I would at home, snack if it isn't mealtime but I'm hungry, pack snack and lunch if going to be hiking during lunchtime
3) If you are going for a long hike (say 5+ miles), what do you eat for breakfast? I am a big breakfast eater so I'll either have a Greek yogurt and a bowl of oatmeal with a glass of Horizon milk or I have two eggs, 2 pieces of toast and a glass of milk or a healthy breakfast sandwich before I head out something that is going to keep me full but not too heavy.

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Several people really hit it (in my opinion) with this word: ELECTROLYTES! I take a pack or two of powdered electrolytes to mix in water for a long hike.

1) What kind of food do you take on the trail? I like to take apples, Pure Bars (all raw, fruit & nuts), and nut/dried fruit trail mix. For a long enough hike, I will pack a sandwich for lunch.

2) How often do you eat? Do you eat at a certain mileage or certain time into the hike? More time than mileage. First, I drink often, every few minutes another sip. Second, about 30-60 minutes in, I have a significant snack - either a Pure Bar or an apple. After that, I'll throw down a bit of trail mix every 15-30 minutes, depending on how strenuous the hike is.

3) If you are going for a long hike (say 5+ miles), what do you eat for breakfast? - Fruit/protein smoothie. I use Garden of Life RAW for the protein. The point is, good mix of healthy carbs, protein, fiber, and of course liquid.

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1) What kind of food do you take on the trail? I would take granola bars, fruit and plenty of water.

2) How often do you eat? Do you eat at a certain mileage or certain time into the hike? I would walk a couple miles and if I am getting tired I think I would stop and refuel.

3) If you are going for a long hike (say 5+ miles), what do you eat for breakfast? I would eat oatmeal and some fruit. maybe a little protein.

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I always bring a PBJ on whole wheat bread.



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It really does make a difference when we don't feel too full from heavy snacks.

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My go-to mid-hike meal used to be a carbo-fest: meat-and-cheese sandwich on hearty homemade bread, banana, and carrots with hummus. My snacks were either Larabars or homemade trail mix.

Now that I've done a couple of overnight backpacking trips, discovered the Paleo diet, and learned how my body responds to insulin, I've totally changed what I eat before and during hikes. My go-to mid-hike meal is now a packet of tuna (love them, they don't get squished), an apple with almond butter ("Justin's" brand comes in handy packets), and kale or nori chips. For snacks, I still like a nut-and-fruit trail mix or hard boiled eggs. It's amazing how much more LIGHT I feel without a big hunk of bread and cheese in my stomach, and how much longer I can go without the post-sugar crash I'd suffer from the bars.

The main thing is that you don't want anything too calorie dense at any one time, because your body can't efficiently digest AND hike at the same time. Simple, easy-on-the-tummy foods like eggs, fruits, and veggies make it easier to keep moving after eating.

After the long hike is the time to really chow down and re-stock your depleted muscles with glycogen (carbs)! Save the PB&J for when you're done, and it will do you a lot more good!

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I haven't seen those! I'm going to hunt for them the next time I'm at the store. I may have to hunt around for that flavor. I don't remember seeing it before.

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I love the Peanut Toffee Buzz Cliff Bars. What genius putting caffeine in them!

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A couple of years ago I went to see my son and daughter-in-law in Oklahoma for Christmas and they gave me a big stocking with a lot of Clif bars in it because they knew I didn't want candy. I was there a week and ate them all before I left LOL. And I wasn't even hiking.

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I know what you mean!

I used to buy them by the box, but my kids would eat them up before the weekend came.

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I really like the Clif bars too. I stop and buy what I need at the convenience store when going hiking because if I keep them in the house I will eat too many.

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I'm a clif bar addict. I always have at least one of those in my pack.

I also like taking hard boiled eggs.

If I have leftover chicken, I'll baggie that up and take it along.

Grapes.

Pistachios.

It must be late, I'm drawing a blank on what else my kids and I usually take along.

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Thanks to terrific advice I received here after posting a similar question here, I'm doing much better with this. Before long or really challenging hikes, I'm eating much bigger meals than normal and a bit heavier on the carbs. I would like to say that it's healthy carbs, but I can't say that.

As a rule, we are trying to stop and snack while moving every 20 mins or it seems like constantly. We also try to force the water. As for what we take...nuts, chocolate, larabars, lots of fruit, almond butter and jelly sandwiches, coconut water, carrots, hummus, and sometimes even yogurt. Sometimes it depend on what we have on hand.


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PBJ's and my home made sports drink.
A little chocolate is also good.



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I think everyone has had some good advise here, so I'm probably not adding much to the knowledge base but here's what I do on day hikes like this.

I eat a good hearty breakfast with lots of protein-omelet with ham & cheese, eggs and sausage, something like that. Then I pack a small backpack with a PB & honey sandwich for lunch-I don't like warm jelly! Then for me, I like bananas as snacks-I know they're a pain to carry fresh, but I like them! And trail mix and/or mixed nuts also for snacks.

And water, plenty of water. I try to rest and snack about every 2 miles or so, 1 mile if I'm on an extended steep uphill hike. Even if you have to come back down, you have to get to the top first!

Good luck on your next hike, sounds like you did OK, just needed that little extra oomph for the last little bit!

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I drink a lot too because I get thirsty so easily. When the weather is really warm I take one bottle of Powerade Zero and one of water so I can keep my electrolytes a little more in balance also.

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I always drink tons usually close to 2l when out. I'm a mouth breather and I always get so dry lol. I think my biggie is inappropriate foods.

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I'm at about the same stage as you, I did 8 miles today for the first time since I was in my 20s. I don't like carrying loads of stuff, so I take a couple of bananas and some sandwiches, usually ham or beef. I tend to eat every hour or so, I just get ravenous and find I am too hungry to concentrate if I don't. But hitting the wall . . . generally that happens to me not because I don't eat but because I don't drink. Today I was about 90 minutes from the end of my hike when I ran out of drinks and I remember looking at the bottle and thinking 'oh-oh'. Sure enough, about an hour later I just ran out of steam. The interesting thing for me also is everything's affected. The most remarkable is my feet start to hurt. I used to put this down to my weight but actually I have noticed if my feet hurt and I sit down for just ten minutes and drink, I'm fine again. It's that quick.

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Thanks everyone for your response. Lots of ideas and suggestions here that I will definitely try!

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The body has reserves of about 2000 calories of usable energy. A rule of thumb is that you burn about 100 calories per mile walking on the level, and perhaps 150 calories on an uneven trail surface with a pack, etc. Perhaps up to 200 calories per mile if there is more significant elevation gain.

I often hike 20 miles in a day, and sometimes even 30 if I am really pushing myself, so I am very conscious of eating enough to avoid hitting the wall.

I think for most hikers, while the issue of 'what' you eat is secondary to 'how much'. But for me, the key is really to get the calories in early. Start with a good breakfast - if you are contemplating an 8-10 mile hike, 500-750 calories for breakfast is the minimum you should be considering. And lunch for me starts about an hour after hitting the trail, and keeps going until an hour before I finish for the day. I snack every hour/hour and a half.

I see it as being much easier to keep my gas tanks 'topped off' throughout the day, rather than trying to refill them when they are empty. If you eat enough in the morning, you should be fine in the afternoon.

Not wanting to stop when it is wet is quite understandable - you are probably generating enough heat while going along to stay warm, but if it is cold and wet, you can get dangerously cold if you stop for too long outside shelter. But this shouldn't be an excuse not to snack on the trail - keep some simple and weather proof snacks in your pockets that you can eat without stopping. I find granola bars in their plastic wrappers to be ideal for this, although I am sure there are many other good alterntatives that serve the same purpose.

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I'd say too much sugar. Sounds like the sugar made you crash. Dump the cookies and even the power bars.
Bread, cheese, hardboiled eggs, peanut butter, banana, apple, trail mix.
Electrolytes in your water.

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My trail food sounds about like what everyone else has said. Trail mix, usually dried fruit and nuts mixed together. Granola bars. Fresh fruit, baby carrots are good for hydrating and snacking at the same time. I wonder if you had enough to drink? That can lead to that kind of fatigue as well as not enough fuel.

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My 'go to' emergency rations are a PowerBar and nuts. I might also take granola bars, apples, peanut butter crackers - but never anything with sugar like cookies or candy. For me sugar causes an energy surge followed by an energy crash - it just doesn't work for me. Even with the Powerbar, I cut it into half inch slices (just leave the foil on and put them in a ziplock bag) and eat a slice every few miles. I learned the powerbar trick way back when running marathons - that and hiking have a lot in common and avoiding the wall is a strong motivator in both!!

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I like to take Clif bars with me because they are easy to carry and I can keep them in my pack ready to go. Wendy's suggestions were great too.

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I did great on the trail Friday after having scrambled eggs with veggies before leaving home, oolong tea in the car and a Peanut Toffee Buzz Cliff bar at the trail head. I take short breaks every couple of miles or when a good sitting rock appears to rest, drink water and snack. Friday I had a baggie full of Asian pears pre-peeled and cut, half of my chicken sandwich, some cherry tomatoes and a hard boiled egg. We hiked 14 miles on Mount Rainier. Back at the car 10.5 hours later I was ready for a giant cheeseburger but finished my chicken sandwich, other egg and more Asian pears instead. I was too tired and dirty to stop for food.
I also like to take cheese sticks, beef jerky, nuts, apples and, of course, PB&J sandwiches =)

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Hi all! I was needing some ideas and advice, suggestions etc for fueling on the trail. Yesterday has been my one of my longest hikes yet and I hit the "wall" at mile 7 and thought I was going to have to crawl the last mile back to the parking lot and I know it was because I didn't have enough "gas". And it was made worse because it was cold and raining and the trail was really slick. Being whiney probably didn't help either.

I normally pack things like trail mix, raisins, granola bars, fruit leather, fresh fruit. For longer hikes I pack something for lunch, pb&j sandwiches, potted meat or vienna sausages with crackers, beanie weenies (stuff I would never normally eat at home lol). Normally I am good, but yesterday was just horrible. The hike was great, even in the rain, but those last 2 miles really sucked physically for me,

Yesterday's problems:
1) Not enough refuel breaks because it was raining and I only sat once in 8 miles and that was almost 2.5 miles into the hike at a shelter where we ate lunch. I didn't want to stop because of the rain. Guess I thought I was going to get wet or something lol.

2) Not sure I brought the "right" food. Viennas and crackers for lunch, small pack of lemon sandwich cookies, yogurt raisins, fruit leather, granola bars.(had something else, but can't remember what) I don't think my lunch was enough.

So my questions are:

1) What kind of food do you take on the trail?
2) How often do you eat? Do you eat at a certain mileage or certain time into the hike?
3) If you are going for a long hike (say 5+ miles), what do you eat for breakfast?

Thanks for the input! Y'all are always so helpful!

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