Helping people explore, conserve, learn about, and enjoy the lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Hike the Floe Lake Trail 6.5 miles and 2,350 feet of elevation gain to Floe Lake camp. Note: The higher sections of the trail are snowbound until early to mid-July. Kevin at Numa Pass; Foster Peak to the left. Floe Lake and Numa Pass are part of the multi-day backpacking route between Marble Canyon and Vermillion Crossing in Kootenay National Park: the Rockwall. When we pulled in at about 7:30 on a weekday morning, we noted about 30 vehicles in the parking lot, all but 3 with Alberta license plates. Sure enough, about three hundred meters on we had to cross another tributary of Floe Creek. Subcategory Detail: Hiking. :D Here we do, Floe Lake and Numa Pass! It’s also about here that I noticed clump after clump of pink paintbrush flowers. The Numa Falls parking lot is 2.5 miles (4 km) further north (4,595 ft / 1,400 m). 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The views in and out to Floe Lake were more spectacular than my first hike there because of the forest fire of 2003. …and then on to Numa Pass, along a trail with lots of snow patches and that crossed through extensive high alpine meadows. Return the way you came or make a loop trip by hiking out via the Numa Creek Trail, a 10-mile loop trip between the Floe Lake and Numa Falls parking lots. Taken 22-Sep-12. Subcategory: Outdoors. Floe Lake Overnighter: Hike up to Floe Lake from the Floe Lake Trailhead. Yes, a grind, made more challenging by three or four more missing sections of trail, like this one. Healy Pass - Elbow Lake/Rickert's Pass/Mist Ridge - Sunshine Meadows - Nigel Pass - Rockwall Trail - Citadel Pass - Lake Minnewanka - Ha Ling Peak. Numa Creek Campground (#11) is less that 500 m to the left. Make sure your health insurance is valid for Canada. You'll start on a flat stretch, crossing two rivers (w/ bridges) before switchbacking up through burnt stands of timber. I had the unforgettable privilege of over-nighting in the warden’s cabin with my Parks Canada friend a few years ago! However, we intended to only go that far, just to enjoy the view. We hiked to floe lake campsite from the trailhead, and stayed the night, then from here hiked up Numa Pass track. More Projects. Then things generally level out, traversing the sloping north side of the valley carved by Floe Creek. However, we intended to only go that far, just to enjoy the view. Timed for golden larches. The sight of Floe Lake will surely stop you in your tracks as the colour of the lake is unreal and the Rockwall that backs up against the lake is unlike anywhere else in the Canadian Rockies. Life Flows at Floe Lake I have owned my backpacking gear for 19 months now, all the while waiting and having faith that my stars would align and a right time would come when I could put it to use and experience a true backpacking adventure. I thought it might be a large animal, but Mr. GeoK spotted a hiker ahead of us and figured they were banging their hiking poles against a fallen tree or something. Floe Lake and Numa Pass are part of the multi-day backpacking route between Marble Canyon and Vermillion Crossing in Kootenay National Park: the Rockwall. The first part of your morning will be spent hiking through the trees, and eventually climbs up and over Numa Pass, the highest point of the Rockwall trail. Visitors 235. Floe Lake is considered the park's "classic" hike and is a great way to sample what the park has to offer. Thumbnails Info Categories & Keywords Category: Lifestyle and Recreation. Numa Peak and Floe Lake Loop is a 15.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Banff, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. As we were again first on the track, bear bellowing was again Anne's job, her coo-ees echoing from cliff to cliff. When he joined me at the windy pass, he exclaimed that he’d never meant for us to hike all the way to Numa Pass, just that the warden’s cabin was in the same direction of the Numa Pass trail. After the exhausting previous day, we were grateful to realize we only had 10km to get to Floe Lake - meaning this would the the first day we would reach our campsite before nightfall. Photography at the bridge over Vermillion River was near impossible with the sun just rising over Hawk Ridge across the valley. That made me a little uncomfortable for the rest of the downhike, especially where the trail goes through all those standing dead trees from the 2003 fire. The day starts with an early exit from the Floe Lake campground and an ascent to Numa Pass. Leave your overnight gear at the campground and day hike up to Numa Pass either the day you arrive or the following morning, then hike back out to the trailhead. …and multiple, curious golden-mantled ground squirrels including this one who stood up the better to check us out! Numa Creek Trail, access via Numa Falls trailhead (Closed until further notice) Floe Creek Trail, access via Floe Lake trailhead; Recommended time of year to hike this trail: Mid-July to early October. Water Falls via Stanley Glacier Trail. It's been on my list on a while. The trail to Floe Lake and Numa Pass is a well defined trail. NEXUS cards can save a lot of time but only work if everyone in the car has one. Then we were climbing through the forest, up multiple switchbacks. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips. Dayhike to Numa Pass and along Floe Lake Kootenay National Park August 4, 2013 The second day we awoke to relatively clear skies, ate breakfast, and set off for Numa Pass. Thirty three years later, in 2010, I completed the hike with my 22 year old son. Inspiration. This trail is well worn in and really worth heading up for the views, which a lot of people seemed to be doing before heading back the campsite to hike back out. Our driving time from Canmore was approximately one hour, starting on the TransCanada Highway and then turning onto Highway 93 at Castle Junction. I was enchanted by the way little bits of ice sounded like wind chimes as the waves pushed them towards the shore. After you've conquered the Numa Pass it's not too much further to Floe Lake. Floe Lake beneath Floe Peak To return back to the trailhead you follow the same route back, it takes quite a while so it’s a good idea to stop along the way. Most itineraries describe it as a four to five day adventure, and recommend starting with the trail into Floe Lake. You can see the Tumbling Pass in the distance. Floe Lake is considered the park's "classic" hike and is a great way to sample what the park has to offer. It is not rare for there still to be a reasonable amount of snow at Numa Pass in late July. Photo-oriented backpack to stunning scenic area on southern Rockwall trail in Kootenay NP. Due to a forest fire along Numa Creek, the Rockwall Trail was closed north of Numa Pass. The official trail to Floe Lake ends at Floe Lake Backcountry Campground in Kootenay National Park. Timed for golden larches. We physically prepared for … Floe Lake is one of the most photogenic lakes in the Rockies and the backpack to it and beyond to Numa Pass is one of the most colorful as wildflowers bloom in the summer and larch trees below the pass turn brilliantly gold in the fall.
Numa Mountain (2720m)
Numa is the Cree word for thunder. You're one click away! Floe Lake & Numa Pass A moderate backpack along the southern end of the spectacular Rockwall Trail in the Canadian Rockies. If travelling south the ascent up to Numa Pass would have killed me as i was tired from the descent alone! Mr GeoK broke out his gimbal-mounted 2020 iPhone SE to shoot some timelapse video. Tax ID: 27-3009280. Castle Mountain was draped in cloud lit up by the early morning sun. Mount Hungabee (left) and Deltaform. And yes, “maturity” has a way of making the trails steeper and longer. Ochre Spring Loop via Marble Canyon to Ochre Beds Trail. Border crossing regulations are strict in both directions. The plan was to hike from Floe Lake parking lot to Floe Lake and camp on day 1, Then hike up and over Numa Pass and exit out at Numa Falls parking lot. The lake itself is very scenic, but unless you are continuing to Numa Pass, I would not recommend this trail as a day trip. updates, images, or resources. 4. Tax ID: 27-3009280. As I recall I did not find the switch backs all that tough. Trailhead: Floe Lake parking lot, 72 km east of Radium Hot Springs. Many of the pads lie close to the shore. Answer 1 of 4: We are fit, experienced hikers but sadly don't have time this trip to backpack the Rockwall Trail. trailtrash photos: Tumbling Glacier, Numa Pass, Floe Lake - 7 Trailtrash did the 38K semi-loop in Kootenay Park, starting at 7:45AM and finishing just after 3:00PM...to about 4:30PM as we eventually split into two groups. Note: The higher sections of the trail are snowbound until early to mid-July. It’s hard to imagine a more scenic picnic area than this one. Day 4 Numa Creek to Floe Lake, 10 km, 755 m (2475 feet) to top of Numa Pass and 250 m (825 feet) loss to Floe Lake. 🙂 We’d rate this one as challenging, due to the total distance and elevation gain. 19 August 2012 Running to Healy Pass from Rock Isle Lake. Know what you’re allowed to take and declare everything to avoid problems. While Larch Valley (Lake Louise) is slightly (and only slightly) nicer in larch season, the crowds number in the thousands and I have no interest in that whatsoever. 25 of 38 photos. This day was going to be longer, 17 km, but after a quick climb to Numa Pass, it was all downhill. Total distance: 27 km Total elevation gain: 1000 m Trailhead to Floe Lake (one way): 10.7 km, 690 m Floe Lake to Numa Pass (one way): 2.7 km, 310 m View map Download GPS track This is a long dayhike or easy backpacking trip into prime larch territory. On the descent from Floe Lake, we heard a couple of cracking sounds in the woods. Dayhike to Numa Pass and along Floe Lake Kootenay National Park August 4, 2013 The second day we awoke to relatively clear skies, ate breakfast, and set off for Numa Pass. Here’s our … This is the toughest part of the trail to Floe Lake, gaining about 360 meters over 1.8 km. Rockwall Pass and Tumbling Pass: Park at Paint Pots and hike in to Tumbling Creek Campground. Description: A challenging day hike to a rocky, rugged pass providing access to the Shadow Lake and Egypt Lake regions of Banff National Park. Several unnamed peaks of The Rockwall. From BC-95 at Radium Hot Springs, turn east onto BC-93 and drive 45 miles (72 km) to the Floe Lake parking lot (4265 ft / 1,300 m). There are other destinations that offer a better reward-to-effort ratio. Everyone will need a passport or other valid ID such as a NEXUS card. Even better, to walk at least some way up the Numa Pass part of the trail to get good views. Floe Lake and Numa Pass backpacking trail Map Looking for an amazing hiking adventure? Due to a forest fire along Numa Creek, the Rockwall Trail was closed north of Numa Pass. After you've conquered the Numa Pass it's not too much further to Floe Lake. We picked the hike from the guidebook, “Classic Hikes in the Canadian Rockies”, by Graeme Pole. Day 2 - Floe Lake to Numa Pass to Numa Campsite to Tumbling Pass to Tumbling Campsite - 17.5 km - 9 hours chubby guy speed - 4/5 This section is easily done in one day of travelling north. Roughly 2.5 hours (7 km) from the parking lot we came to a third bridge, this one less elaborate that the first two, and crossing a stream with no name, perhaps seasonal as it flows down the shoulder of Numa Mountain before joining Floe Creek. We picked a rough couple of days for hiking – We got a lot of Canadian Rockies precipitation out there: we got rained on, hailed on, and snowed on during those three days. Just a short descent through meadows and sparse forest until you arrive at the most scenic campsite of the entire trail. Numa Mountain. Here’s our tent on the shore of Floe Lake, looking downright soaked and chilly: We ended up spending a lot of time in the tent, reading and playing Yahtzee: But when the rain / hail let up for a bit, we got out and explored around. Numa Creek Camp via Numa Pass Track and Floe Lake Track. Meanwhile, he suggested I head over to check out the Warden’s cabin on the trail to Numa Pass. ... British Columbia › Kootenay National Park › Floe Lake Camp via Numa Pass Track. From Numa pass track to Numa mountain route there is no trail. The sight of Floe Lake will surely stop you in your tracks as the colour of the lake is unreal and the Rockwall that backs up against the lake is unlike anywhere else in the Canadian Rockies. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Mountaineers Books is a registered trademark of The Mountaineers®, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Numa Pass; Down to Floe Lake. Hiking to Numa Pass. From the bridge, the vegetation was overgrowing the trail. From there, hikers can enjoy a day at the lake and hike back out. I may get back to this hike once again but next time I am taking hiking poles! It's 13 miles round trip with 2,350 feet of elevation gain to Floe Lake camp or a 10-mile loop via Numa Creek. Day 2 – Floe Lake to Numa Falls Parking Lot, 17 km, 279 m Elevation Gain, 955 m Elevation Loss, 6 hrs 45 min We allowed ourselves a lie-in. Read More. The north section of The Rockwall. Eventually, I gave myself until 2 o’clock to reach the pass or turn around, knowing there was a long return hike to the parking lot ahead of us. Hike up through a rejuvenated fire-ravaged forest to a scenic alpine lake Floe Peak reflecting in Floe Lake. junction with Numa Pass and Tumbling Pass trails. From Floe Lake consider day hikes to Numa Pass and beyond. If travelling south the ascent up to Numa Pass would have killed me as i was tired from the descent alone! Make sure your vehicle insurance is valid for Canada. The Rockwall Trail in British Columbia’s Kootenay National Park is widely considered to be one of the premier multiday treks found anywhere. Yep, we sure appreciated the hiking poles, especially on the way down. Rockwall Pass and Tumbling Pass: Park at Paint Pots and hike in to Tumbling Creek Campground. This is a moderate one way trail to Floe Lake Camp in Kootenay National Park. Owner Log In. The Mountaineers teaches skills and leads outdoor activities At 2:20, we finally started back, reaching the parking lot at 5:45. Hiking and Trail Running; 2012 Trail running Canada. …. I hooked up with my friend who also wanted to see the larches in their prime. Or, if you’ve secured permits, you can stay overnight at the Floe Lake Campground, or continue your hike to the rest of the Rockwall Trail multi-day route (permits required). We encountered at least a couple of dozen hikers between Floe Lake and the parking lot, including one group of 9 ladies at the rough and ready creek crossing. We also saw two of the small mammals most frequently spotted in Kootenay National Park: a hoary marmot…. I stopped frequently to take photographs and to chat with backpackers coming from the Numa Creek backcountry campground, all the while wondering when Mr GeoK was going to overtake me. There is an incredible cooking area on a peninsula surrounded by rock beaches and the lake. updates, images, or resources. 😉. By the end of July, the budding fireweed should be in full flower. Trekking poles are a must for this one!Total hiking distance = 27.3 kmTotal elevation gain = 1338 meters (1028 net)Total hiking time = 10 hours 15 minutes (including 3 hours for lunch, snacks and photography). As we were again first on the track, bear bellowing was again Anne's job, her coo-ees echoing from cliff to cliff. From the second bridge, the trail climbs for a bit, gaining maybe 100 meters elevation over a km or so. Even so, ice remnants on the lake drew us to a small cove along the shore as the site for our picnic lunch. Since we’re strictly day hikers, we ascended the trail to Floe Lake for lunch, continued to Numa Pass in the early afternoon and retraced our route arriving back at the parking lot a little before 6 pm. Begin your hike at the Floe Lake Trailhead right off the highway near the east side of the park. Log in and send us Floe Lake is a further 2.7 km south. Kevin on a remnant patch of snow. Floe Lake and the Rockwall from the trail to Numa Pass The muddy trail cut through open alpine meadows to reach the pass; the last quarter mile of the trail was fairly flat, consisting mainly of a northward turn towards the pass. Fortunately, the jungle thinned out after a hundred meters or so and we soon came to a spot that had a great view of Floe Creek flowing down from Floe Lake, which gave us a pretty good idea of how much elevation we had to gain to reach the lake itself. A moderate backpack along the southern end of the spectacular Rockwall Trail in the Canadian Rockies. Numa Pass was our final pass on the Rockwall Trail and we could look back and see all the landmarks from the past few days. Length 15.4 miElevation gain 5879 ftRoute type Loop Hiking … Floe Lake from Numa Pass on July 6, 1970. Floe Lake and Numa Pass larches We did a weekend backpack trip to Floe Lake / Numa Pass this past weekend to wander among the larches without the crowds. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Numa Creek Trail, access via Numa Falls trailhead (Closed until further notice) Floe Creek Trail, access via Floe Lake trailhead; Recommended time of year to hike this trail: Mid-July to early October. There’s a wide open view to the south side of the valley, where standing, burned trees and what we presumed to be avalanche chutes paint a silver and green diagonal stripe on the slope. There are no activities scheduled at this location. Trailhead: Floe Lake parking lot, 72 km east of Radium Hot Springs. From Floe Lake consider day hikes to Numa Pass and beyond. Floe Lake and The Rockwall. There are other destinations that offer a better reward-to-effort ratio. Use this as a base camp for day hikes of 4-7+ miles and 1,100+ feet of elevation gain to Numa Pass and beyond. Begin your hike at the Floe Lake Trailhead right off the highway near the east side of the park. So, off I went, first to the cabin (unoccupied when we were there)…. Numa Mountain is only a short distance from Numa Pass. There are no resources for this route/place. The Mountaineers®, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Begin your hike at the Floe Lake Trailhead right off the highway near the east side of the park. 29 May 2012 Running the Highline. The wide open views across the valley are due to the 2003 wildfire. PhotoDescr: On the third day of a Grant MacEwan Mountain Club dayhiking excursion, we hiked the Numa Pass loop from the Floe Lake Trailhead to the Numa Creek Trailhead (26 km), getting a good look at the south end of … Caption: Floe Lake huddles beneath the Rockwall. I did this hike, just to Floe Lake, in 1977 when I was 20 years old. Be sure to fill your bottles at the bridge over Floe Creek at km 1.7, as there is … DIFFICULT 5.3 mi. Bench at the turn up to the avalanche slope to Numa Mt I love the bright pink Indian Paintbrush flowers in the Rockies. Hiking, biking and other adventures (mostly) in the Canadian Rockies. It's 13 miles round trip with 2,350 feet of elevation gain to Floe Lake camp or a 10-mile loop via Numa Creek. You'll start on a flat stretch, crossing two rivers (w/ … Floe Lake Overnighter: Hike up to Floe Lake from the Floe Lake Trailhead. tumbling Creek/helmet & ochre Creeks Circuit.38.3 km Follow the interpretive trail to the Paint Pots. 7 Trailtrash did the 38K semi-loop in Kootenay Park, starting at 7:45AM and finishing just after 3:00PM...to about 4:30PM as we eventually split into two groups. Once across the bridge, we regained the bit of elevation loss and then enjoyed about 2 km of mostly flat walking in new growth forest, with trees between 2 and 5 meters in height. This day was going to be longer, 17 km, but after a quick climb to Numa Pass, it was all downhill. A long and rewarding day, the Floe Lake backcountry campground has got us thinking about giving backpacking a try. Kootenay National Park is celebrating its centennial with a “Kootenay Then and Now: Recreate the Photo” contest. That brought our total number of other hikers seen over the entire day to somewhere around 45. Some 18,000 hectares burned in one of BC’s worst wildfire seasons, and the vegetation is a mix of mostly standing dead/burned trees, a few mature trees that miraculously escaped the fire, plenty of “baby” trees and shrubs and abundant wildflowers. Numa Mountain & Floe Lake trail head are down Hwy 93 on the right from Castle Mountain, about 30km from Hwy 1. Floe Lake Camp via Numa Pass Track . for all ages and levels in the Pacific Northwest. Surprise Falls; Numa Pass. Home»Backpacking in the Rockies»Floe Lake and Numa Pass, Sept. 22-23, 2012. The Floe Lake trail parking lot is just off Highway 93 in Kootenay National Park, between Marble Canyon and Vermillion River Crossing. This was our first backcountry trip. Log in and send us Once you make it to Numa Pass the views are incredible to both the south and the north. Light was much better in the late afternoon, as we returned to the parking lot, when this photo was taken. The trail starts flat for a few minutes before losing a bit of elevation in the approach to a bridge over Vermillion River. It looked to us like a winter of 2019-20 avalanche obliterated the previously well-established crossing, so it was fairly rough and ready for maybe 15 or 20 meters and then we were back on the boot-beaten track. Be sure to fill your bottles at the bridge over Floe Creek at km 1.7, as there is … Floe Lake is a little known day hike in Kootenay National Park with an impressive rock wall surrounding the lake. Description: A challenging day hike to a rocky, rugged pass providing access to the Shadow Lake and Egypt Lake regions of Banff National Park. charred stumps and standing dead trees. We decided to approach Numa Mountain from the avalanche chute route (bench) and return via Floe Lake. Leaving Floe Lake at 9.15 it was an easy 50 minute walk to Numa Pass into a cold wind. Find apps that show updated times and other good tips. And this was a good reminder that we really should bring our walkie-talkies. This is a good spot to pause and look back along the Floe Creek valley and really study how the wildfire affected (and is still affecting) the land. I reached Numa Pass at 1:50, and as I took off my pack for a bit of a break while taking photographs, I spotted Mr GeoK crossing the last big patch of snow below me, as he paused to take this photo of me at the pass. They were in full bloom in mid-July. Surprise Falls. 10″ x 10″ Acrylic on canvas November 2020 $150.00 Available at Touchstone Museum Shop. ... Here’s a shot of Lily looking back at Floe Lake as we climbed up to Numa Pass. One of the things we did was to take a three-day backpacking trip to Floe Lake, in Kootenay National Park, British Columbia. Take a look back at the valley, you've just been at the bottom of. Numa Pass has really fantastic views, both down towards Floe Lake and further along the Rockwall Trail in the other direction. PhotoDescr: On the third day of a Grant MacEwan Mountain Club dayhiking excursion, we hiked the Numa Pass loop from the Floe Lake Trailhead to the Numa Creek Trailhead (26 km), getting a good look at the south end of … Six km from the parking lot, the trail makes a sharp turn to the right and gains a wee bit of elevation. There were tons of wildflowers, lots of fungi on the fallen, burned old forest remains and we heard birdsong all around. The lake itself is very scenic, but unless you are continuing to Numa Pass, I would not recommend this trail as a day trip. Then we spotted turquoise water through thinning trees and, after a short walk through terrain that reminded us of the Opabin Plateau at Lake O’Hara, we arrived at Floe Lake! Day 2 – Floe Lake to Numa Falls Parking Lot, 17 km, 279 m Elevation Gain, 955 m Elevation Loss, 6 hrs 45 min. Life Flows at Floe Lake I have owned my backpacking gear for 19 months now, all the while waiting and having faith that my stars would align and a right time would come when I could put it to use and experience a true backpacking adventure. Healy Pass - Elbow Lake/Rickert's Pass/Mist Ridge - Sunshine Meadows - Nigel Pass - Rockwall Trail - Citadel Pass - Lake Minnewanka - Ha Ling Peak. Most itineraries describe it as a four to five day adventure, and recommend starting with the trail into Floe Lake. Bear-safe travel and camping are required. You may be able to save time by checking alternate border crossings. Continue beyond the campground for 7.5 km to Numa Pass. It turned out to be a tree that, after the second crack, fell over about 50 meters behind us, with a loud crash that sent up a cloud of dust and detritus! About 1700 metres of elevation over 2 passes to add extra challenge. Anyhow, we stayed at the pass for 15 or 20 minutes, shooting panoramas in both directions. 3. The plan was to hike from Floe Lake parking lot to Floe Lake and camp on day 1, Then hike up and over Numa Pass and exit out at Numa Falls parking lot. If you need any back-packing gear, for your trial, Rent-A-Tent can fully outfit you. Floe Lake is considered the park's "classic" hike and is a great way to sample what the park has to offer. DIFFICULT 3.0 mi. based on 10 tracks & routes | | DIFFICULT #22 hike out of 31 in Kootenay National Park | DIFFICULT. DIFFICULT 22.5 mi. Leave your overnight gear at the campground and day hike up to Numa Pass either the day you arrive or the following morning, then hike back out to the trailhead. Day 4 Numa Creek to Floe Lake, 10 km, 755 m (2475 feet) to top of Numa Pass and 250 m (825 feet) loss to Floe Lake The first part of your morning will be spent hiking through the trees, and eventually climbs up and over Numa Pass, the highest point of the Rockwall trail. Camps include outhouses or pit toilets, food hanging cables, and small tables. Looking back at Floe Lake and The Rockwall. Of note: Here I am looking a little fatigued, just before Mr GeoK pulled a chocolate chip cookie he’d stashed in his pack out to share with me – a little pick-me-up for the final push to the parking lot. Commonly known for British Columbia, the trail is surrounded by greenery rather than rocks, as it’s the case of hiking trails in Alberta. Nope! Almost two decades on, there’s evidence of the extensive burn everywhere we looked, including the fallen trees cut and moved just enough to create a gap for the single-track trail…. Habitat: Regenerating, post-burn forest. Last summer, my wife and I spent some time in the Canadian Rockies. You'll start on a flat stretch, crossing two rivers (w/ bridges) before … After lunch, Mr GeoK went into panorama shooting mode, an option well-suited for the dramatic scenery. Photo-oriented backpack to stunning scenic area on southern Rockwall trail in Kootenay NP. 2. 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