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High on Moab

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
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Tahoe Mountain Sports Ambassador Aaron Finley (Ph: Sara Surgen)

TMS Ambassador Aaron Finley recently joined the team and was happy to share one of his many adventures with us. Welcome aboard Aaron! Follow him on Instagram at @fin_dizzled

To some, the doldrums of the slow season can provoke thoughts of under employment, penny pinching, and day dreaming of upcoming powder days. I have to admit that I suffered with these sentiments in my early days in Tahoe. That is, until I started to properly save and explore the Southwest to fill the gap. Utah’s Moab area possesses all the elements required for a first-rate climbing destination: expansive open terrain, limitless free camping, lawlessness, and millions of exquisite splitter cracks. From the towers of Castle Valley, the boulders of Big Bend, to the endless splitters of Indian Creek there is something for every climber.

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Exum Mountain Guide Dan Corn exhibiting his ability to lay back.

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Register for the Level 1 AIARE Class 12/19-12/21 w/ Tahoe Mtn School

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

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The AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course is a 3 day/24 hour introduction to avalanche hazard management. AIARE Field Blue Book and the AIARE Student Manual included in course price.
When:December 19th, 2014 8:00 AM”>December 19th, 2014 8:00 AM  through December 21st, 2014 4:00 PM
Location: Tahoe Mountain Sports (Safeway Shopping Center – 11200 – 5E Donner Pass Rd. Truckee, CA 96161)
Phone: 530-414-5295 | Email:
Cost: $375 | Register at tahoemountainschool.com
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Instructional sessions (24 hours including both class and field instruction) :

1. Introduction to the Avalanche Phenomena

  • Types and characteristics of avalanches
  • Avalanche motion
  • Size classification
  • The mountain snowpack: an introduction to metamorphism and layering

2. Observations and Information Gathering

  • Field observation techniques
  • Snowpack tests: rutschblock, compression test
  • Avalanche danger factors or “Red Flags”
  • Observation checklist
  • Avalanche danger scale

3. Trip Planning and Preparation

  • Avalanche terrain recognition, assessment, and selection
  • Route finding and travel techniques
  • Decision making and Human Factors

4. Companion Rescue and Equipment

Student learning outcomes

At the end of the AIARE 1 course the student should be able to:

  • Plan and prepare for travel in avalanche terrain.
  • Recognize avalanche terrain.
  • Describe a basic framework for making decisions in avalanche terrain.
  • Learn and apply effective companion rescue.

Student Prerequisites:

Students must be in moderate physical condition and beable to travel in mountainous terrain on skis, splitboard or snowshoes, that’s it!

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Nikwax #DirtyJacket Instagram Contest

Thursday, December 4th, 2014
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Enter the Nikwax #DirtyJacket Instagram Contest!

We care about your investment as much as you! If you have a jacket that has seen cleaner and brighter days, take a photo of it and enter to win some Nikwax Wash-In care!

What You Can Win

Nikwax TX.DIRECT WASH-IN (Wash-in waterproofing for wet weather clothing) Packet.

How to Enter

Share your dirty jacket photos on Instagram with the hashtag #DirtyJacket and tag @tahoemountainsports, and @nikwaxna. The top five photos will win a two-use packet of Nikwax TX.DIRECT WASH-IN waterproofing.

Here are some more Nikwax options…

Nikwax Tech Wash Waterproofing
Nikwax Tech Wash Waterproofing
MSRP: $9.95
Nikwax Ski Skin Waterproofing
Nikwax Ski Skin Waterproofing
MSRP: $8.95

Tahoe Mountain Sports will pick a winner on December 12 and notify them by leaving comment on Instagram. Winner will be asked to provide shipping information via email.

Winning photos based on cool factor (creativity/relevance), not necessarily the highest quality image or number of likes. Let’s see what you’ve got! Anyone who has a dirty jacket and can take a photo (or have their friend take one) is encouraged to enter

Register for the Tahoe Mountain School Wilderness First Aid/CPR Course 12/6-12/7

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

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WFA is an entry level, 2 day first aid course for those who pursue outdoor activities. This course is ideal for backcountry users including
skiers, climbers, mountaineers, hikers, and pilots. Includes WFA & CPR Card and also meets requirements for a Wilderness First Responder Refresher Course.

Dates: Dec 6th & 7th, 2014
Location: Tahoe Mountain Sports 11200 #5 Donner Pass Road Truckee, CA 96161
Cost: WFA Course $250
Register at www.TahoeMountainSchool.com Or call (530) 414-5295
When: December 6th, 2014 8:00 AM through December 7th, 2014 4:00 PM
Phone: 530-414-5295
Email: info@tahoemountainschool.com

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Join the Wilderness First Aid/CPR Course 12/6-12/7!

In this course you will learn to deal with medical emergencies when help is miles away and dialing 911 is not an option. This course is the choice of many recreational skiers, climbers, mountaineers and anyone who ventures into the backcountry. Basic first aid skills will be taught in the classroom and practiced hands-on in the outdoor environment. We will prepare you for emergency situations that involve prolonged patient care, severe environments, and improvised equipment. This course also meets the requirements for a WFR refresher.

Lecture and discussion, practical exercise and outdoor scenarios help students gain confidence, and encourage the development of critical decision making skills. After successful completion students are certified for 2 years by the American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI), a nationally recognized organization.

Skills covered will include:

  • Patient assessment
  • Recognizing and treating shock
  • Bandaging and bleeding control
  • Splinting fractures, sprains and dislocations
  • Assessing head and spinal injuries
  • Treating hypothermia
  • Recognizing altitude sickness
  • Identifying various medical problems
  • Using non-standard and improvised equipment
  • Evacuation techniques
  • CPR
  • Includes ASHI WFA & CPR Card: $250

Click HERE for the full line-up of upcoming courses through Tahoe Mountain Sports!

Earn a SAFE AS Women’s Avalanche Safety Workshop Scholarship!

Friday, November 21st, 2014

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What: Tahoe Mountain Sports in association with Coalition Snow are offering 6 scholarships for SAFE AS Clinics. See rules for entry below! Winners provide their own transport to/from the clinics, and their own avalanche safety gear if they have access to it, but everything else is included. Winners will also receive a base layer courtesy of Helly Hansen.

Ladies Night at Tahoe Mountain Sports (on Saturday, November 22) with Michelle Parker will include a raffle to help raise funds for SAFE AS scholarships. Learn more here: http://goo.gl/7yiTdV

Who: Women and girls, ages 14 and up who want to get SAFE AS and might need a little boost to help get there

When: Entries must be in by December 2, 2014

How to enter:

  1. Answer the following questions via email sent to safeasclinics@gmail.com:

    – Why do you want to attend SAFE AS?

    – What does being able to ski and/or snowboard safely mean to you?

  2. Post a photo on Instagram showing why you are your best, strongest self in the mountains! Tag #gettingSAFEAS @tahoemountainsports, @coalitionsnow@hellyhansen and the resort where you’d like to attend the clinic (including which date if there’s one in particular)–either @squawalpine, @crystalmountain, @stevenspass, or @coppermtn. Be sure to include the above tags so we can repost some of your awesomeness. Winners will be chosen by the SAFE AS crew and Tahoe Mountain Sports. If you don’t have Instagram, please email us a photo. SAFE AS and Tahoe Mountain Sports reserve the right to re-use your entry photo.

Website: http://safeasclinics.wordpress.com

Thanks and stay SAFE AS!

About SAFE AS (Skiers Advocating and Fostering Education for Avalanche and Snow Safety): Created by Elyse Saugstad, Jackie Paaso, Lel Tone, Michelle Parker, Ingrid Backstrom, and Sherry McConkey, the SAFE AS clinics goal is to heighten community snow safety and avalanche awareness by hosting women’s intro to avalanche safety workshops. These leading ladies of skiing hope to foster an open, welcoming environment by which to encourage participation and communication.

“By sharing their own mistakes, uncertainties, and bad decisions, these women taught us that it’s okay to be unsure, and that we all will make close calls at some point—and that’s alright. They also taught us that those close calls are a chance to learn exactly what not to do, and go out smarter and safer the next time.” – SAFE AS Clinic Participant – Abbie Barronian from Powder.com

Analyze, Interpret, Decide: Avalanche Education Resources

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

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If you explore the backcountry on skis, board or sled, or if you’re considering it as a new pastime, you don’t want to miss the FREE, three-part Avalanche Education Series at Tahoe Mountain Sports. Three separate, fun and educational events will bring the Tahoe-Truckee backcountry community together for experiences like no other, valued at: priceless. The cost to the public: free.

PART ONE: Weds. Nov. 19  “Begin with Your Beacon” Presented by Ortovox with AIARE Instructor Tom Carter

PART TWO: Weds. Dec. 17 “Airbag Educational Evening” Presented by Ortovox and Black Diamond

PART THREE: Weds. Feb. 4 “Read, Interpret, Decide –Analyzing Avalanche Reports” Presented by Ortovox and the Sierra Avalanche Center

Doors @ 5:30  Program 6:15 to 8:00

Raffle(s): Participants can enter TWO raffles, both benefiting the Sierra Avalanche Center. The first raffle is a series-long raffle (to be drawn on Feb. 5, 2014) that includes a Mammut Protection  Airbag Backpack AND thousands of dollars worth of avalanche safety gear. The second raffle will be for  Ortovox avalanche rescue gear including beacons, probes, shovels and more!

Location: Tahoe Mountain Sports, 11200 Donner Pass Rd. – 5E, Truckee, CA 96161  (In the Safeway shopping center)

Here are some great resources on avalanche safety: 

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“The Human Factor” | Photo: Jason Hummel

The Human Factor is often the turning point where things go wrong. Check out this series via Powder Magazine (written by David Page) on how staying safe in the backcountry isn’t just about assessing the snowpack; it also requires managing your own innate vulnerability to making poor choices. Live now, Chapter 1 Chapter TwoChapter ThreeChapter Four and Chapter Five of The Human Factor pres. by Black Diamond Equipment Ltd.  #HumanFactor


 

 

AVALANCHE ENGINEERS is the story of two scientists who delve deep into the mysteries of the snowpack to find out how a snowflake becomes an avalanche. Filmed in Bozeman, Montana, this mini-doc takes you on a journey from the micro intricacies of snowflake structure to the massive mountainsides where this force of nature reigns.

Featuring David Walters and Tony Lebaron. Music by Grant Mason.

For more info about the Montana State University Subzero Lab: coe.montana.edu/ce/subzero/


 

A program service of the High Fives Non-Profit Foundation, B.A.S.I.C.S. is designed to promote safety and awareness through world-class fundamentals coaching and education. The second in a series of five videos, the Avalanche Awareness video is intended to help those who ski, snowboard or snowmobile in the back country be better equipped and safe while being aware of the inherent dangers with such activities.

Key things to know to enjoy the back country and come home safe:
1. Get Educated. Learn about avalanche safety by taking a class.
2. Know your skills, know your surroundings. Check out forecasts for weather and conditions before you go.
3. Have the proper equipment and know how to use it (avalanche transceiver, probe, shovel, and airbag).
4. Never travel alone. Always ride with partners in a group and have a plan.
5. If you don’t feel comfortable, don’t go. There is always tomorrow when using good judgement.

Key websites:
American Institute for Avalanche Research and Eduction (avtraining.org)
Avalanche.Org (avalanche.org)
Forest Service National Avalanche Center (fsavalanche.org)
National Snow and Ice Data Center (nsidc.org)
Back Country Access (BCA) Float Airbags and Safety Equipment (backcountryaccess.com)


 

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“A Goal of Zero: The Avalanche Industry Looks to Change” | Photo: Scientif38

 

Backcountry Magazine: “A Goal of  Zero: The Avalanche Industry Looks to Change” – by Megan Michelson 

Imagine if there were zero avalanche deaths each year in the United States—on average, that would mean 28 lives saved. A group of avalanche safety professionals is making bold attempts to drastically reduce avalanche fatalities in this country and to get there, they’re looking in an unlikely place: a Swedish automobile law from the 1990s.

In 1997, the Swedish Parliament approved a law called Vision Zero, which called for a complete shift in road planning, driver behavior, law enforcement and car manufacturing with the hopes of reaching zero automobile deaths by 2020. Shockingly, the plan is working.

Read the full article here.

Join The North Face Athlete Conrad Anker at Truckee Opening Party!

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

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Meet and interact with one of the best in the alpine climbing community, Conrad Anker! As Tahoe Mountain Sports celebrates the opening of its new location in Truckee, CA, Conrad will be present to sign posters, answer questions and lead an informal discussion about his inspirational adventures around the world. TMS will offer gear and clothing specials in the store this night only! Join in several interactive contests with Conrad Anker to win a limited edition signed poster. Additionally, anyone that purchases North Face products (over $100) will receive a free gift with purchase. This event is free and open to the public.

Tahoe Mountain Sports has always been a champion of pioneers in the outdoor sports community. With Conrad Anker in town, The North Face Face and Tahoe Mountain Sports are excited to offer an amazing opportunity to the Truckee-Tahoe community to meet a legendary alpine climber and hero to many while learning more about the world of alpine sports.

Where: Tahoe Mountain Sports (New Location: Safeway Shopping Center 11200 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA | Ph: 530.536.5200)

When: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 ~ 4:00 – 7:00 pm

Join the Event on Facebook

Event Schedule:

  • 4:15 – 7:00pm: Attendees can pack Conrad’s gear bag and try to beat his time to win a HUGE, signed Conrad Anker poster.
  • 4:45 – 5:00pm: Conrad Anker leads first of two discussions.
  • 5:45 – 6:00pm: Ribbon cutting ceremony.
  • 6:15 – 6:30pm: Conrad Anker leads second of two discussions.
  • 6:45 – 7:00pm: Last contestant to enter bag packing contest, winner announced

Conrad Anker (Bio): Conrad Anker’s specialty, simply put, is climbing the most technically challenging terrain in the world. This quest has taken him from the mountains of Alaska and Antarctica to the big walls of Patagonia and Baffin Island and the massive peaks of the Himalaya.

Conrad’s Antarctic experience spans a decade, with first ascents in three regions. In 1997, Conrad teamed up with Alex Lowe and Jon Krakauer to climb Rakekniven, a 2,500-foot wall in Queen Maud Land. In the Sentinel Range, Conrad climbed the Vinson Massif via three new routes. His climbs in Pakistan’s Karakoram include the west face of Latok II along the “Tsering Mosong” route (which begins at the same height as the summit of Denali) where he climbed 26 pitches on a vertical cliff and then topped out at 23,342 feet.

In 1998, Conrad and Peter Croft made a first ascent of Spansar Peak via a 7,000-foot ridge in one day. In Patagonia, he climbed the three towers of the Cerro Torre Massif. On Yosemite’s El Capitan he joined Steve Gerberding and Kevin Thaw to establish “Continental Drift,” a steep “nail-up” on the right side. And in Zion National Park, Mugs Stump and Conrad first climbed the intimidating “Streaked Wall”.

In May of 1999, as a member of the Mallory & Irvine Research Expedition, Conrad discovered the body of George Mallory, the preeminent Everest explorer of the 1920s. The disappearance of Mallory and Sandy Irvine on their summit bid in June 1924 is one of climbing’s great mysteries, and Conrad’s discovery and analysis of the find has shed new light on the pioneering climbs of the early expeditions.

In October 2011, Conrad, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk summited one of the last great unclimbed features of the Himalayas by topping out on the Shark’s Fin route on the northwest face of 20,700-foot Meru in the Garhwal Himalaya. In the game of high-altitude, big-wall mountaineering, the previously unclimbed route represents one of the world’s ultimate mountaineering tests, with the lower third a classic alpine snow-and-ice route, the middle a mix of ice and rock, and the final section an extremely difficult, overhanging headwall. The Shark’s Fin has drawn many of the world’s top alpinists over the past 30 years, none of them able to finish the route.

Conrad graduated from the University of Utah and lives in Bozeman, Montana, with his wife and three sons. Anker serves on the board of the Conservation Alliance, the Rowell Fund for Tibet and the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation. “My involvement with these organizations is intrinsically rewarding,” Conrad says “and it’s among the most important work I do. It feels good to be able to give back to our community of humans and to the natural world.”

Learn more about Conrad via his athlete profile.

Thank You Kings Beach!

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

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Yes the rumors are true, Tahoe Mountain Sports is in fact moving to a new location, however, the same values and commitment to excellent customer service will follow us from our long-time home in Kings Beach to our brand new store in Truckee!

Tahoe Mountain Sports was created around a campfire outside Truckee in 2005. What started as an e-commerce operation, transformed a year later into our first retail store, in Kings Beach. We started on one side, took over the upstairs and then expanded to the entire building. All through that time, we have been investing in our e-commerce platform, mobile optimizations and multi-channel strategy to ensure our virtual and physical presence is consistent. Our four distinct principles: old-fashioned customer service, forward thinking e-commerce, environmental responsibility and community focus will continue to be our guiding light as we embark on the next phase in Tahoe Mountain Sports’ history with our new move.

A heartfelt THANK YOU goes out to the greater Kings Beach community for supporting us over the past 8 years! It is with a bittersweet feeling that we part ways with the storefront at 8331 N. Lake Blvd and open our doors at the new store located in the Safeway Shopping Center at 11200 Donner Pass Rd. in Truckee, CA.

We’re not changing, we’re just moving. We know that you’re here for the gear. That’s why we keep our products at the forefront of everything we do. From ensuring we carry brands that top industry quality and environmental standards to personally testing our products to know we’re selling you the best, Tahoe Mountain Sports is a place you can trust to bring you quality outdoor gear, clothing and footwear.

YOU (our loyal customers) can help us lighten our load with this transition. That means HUGE savings will be flowing store-wide during our moving sale. Swing in to save 40-70% on all apparel and 30%-50% on all footwear & gear from 10 am – 6 pm Thursday to Saturday (October 2nd-5th) and from 10 am – 1 pm on Sunday, October 5th (before we close our doors in Kings Beach).

We hope that you have enjoyed the time we have been able to share with you in Kings Beach! From numerous events, community support projects and a multitude of opportunities to provide you with insight and discounts on the best in quality outdoor gear, clothing and footwear, we have been proud to call Kings Beach home. We’ll see you all in Truckee!

Sincere Thanks,

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Moving Sale!

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
Come in for our HUGE Moving to Truckee Sale!

Come in for our HUGE Moving to Truckee Sale!

We’re moving to Truckee! That means HUGE savings will be extended to you, our loyal customers. Help us lighten our load with killer deals!

  • 40-70% Off All Apparel
  • 30%-50% Off All Footwear & Gear

Hours:
Thursday, Oct. 2nd: 10 am – 6 pm
Friday, Oct. 3rd: 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday Oct. 4th: 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday Oct. 5th: 10 am – 1 pm (Then the Kings Beach doors close)

A heartfelt THANK YOU goes out to the greater Kings Beach community for supporting us over the past 10 years! It is with a bittersweet feeling that we part ways with the storefront at 8331 N. Lake Blvd and open our doors at the new store located in the Safeway Shopping Center at 11200 Donner Pass Rd. E5. in Truckee, CA.

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New Truckee, CA Location!

Tahoe Mountain Sports is founded on four distinct principles: old-fashioned customer service, forward thinking e-commerce, environmental responsibility and community focus. These principles will continue to be our guiding light as we embrace yet another outstanding community.

We hope that you have enjoyed the time we have been able to share with you in Kings Beach! From numerous events, community support projects and a multitude of opportunities to provide you (our loyal customers) with insight and discounts on the best in quality outdoor gear, clothing and footwear ,we have been proud to call Kings Beach home.

We’re not changing, we’re just moving. We know that you’re here for the gear. That’s why we keep our products at the forefront of everything we do. From ensuring we carry brands that top industry quality and environmental standards to personally testing our products to know we’re selling you the best, Tahoe Mountain Sports is a place you can trust to bring you quality outdoor gear, clothing and footwear.

Stay connected, be sure to follow Tahoe Mountain Sports online:

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Gear Gift Guide: A Tahoe Ski Bum’s Holiday Wish List

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

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Admit it: you’re either a ski bum at-heart, you acted like one before you got a ‘real job’, or you’re personally close to a ski bum. If you’re literally close to a ski bum, ask them what type of gifts they’d want for the holidays in the off-chance somebody bought them something both cool and useful. I’ll bet their response would stem from one or more of these factors: winter sports gear, warm winter clothes or tools/gadgets only an outdoor enthusiast could truly appreciate.

I actually did it. I asked three ski bums who work at Tahoe Mountain Sports what they would pick from the store if they could choose three items of separate values: <$25, <$75 and <$300. This gear gift guide is sure to align with the holiday wishes of a ski bum in your life:

 

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Meaghen has a serious fashion sense and it’s obvious when you meet her. She’s always sporting a new style, even at work, and we knew we could count on her to present some quality women’s gift ideas.

 

 

 

Under $25- HippyTree Clothing 2015 Wall Calendar

I really like to make sure all of my friends and family’s birthdays are on my calendar and HippyTree Clothing makes awesome clothing for a relaxed outdoor lifestyle, so this 2015 wall calendar is a must have for the upcoming year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Under $75- Moving Comfort FineForm Bra

Comfort is key and the FineForm Bra from Moving Comfort really dialed it in with this piece. Whether I am out on the trails or working, this bra has an adjustable and soft, padded back closure that makes me forget its even there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Under $300FlyLow Gear Chione Ski Pants – Women’s

Style meets functionality in this modern, classy pair of ski pants from FlyLow Gear (and I can’t go a day on the mountain without them). Incorporating a slim fit that flatters, the women’s FlyLow Gear Chione Ski Pants are an optimal winter choice with 2-layer Intuitive stretch twill, reinforced knees and a breathable waterproof membrane.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Todd

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Todd handles all things tech for Tahoe Mountain Sports, so we weren’t surprised when he asked for a  solar powered product, a comfortable shirt to work and play in and a new helmet to keep that brain working in top shape.

 

 

 

 

Under $25 Luci Aura Multi-Color Inflatable Solar Lantern

The original Luci Lantern was awesome enough, but now it comes in color! Compact, lightweight, solar powered, all-night battery life, 8 color presets and disco mode. Fun lighting for a backyard barbecue, a great beacon for nighttime rendezvous, after dark trail marker, TTITD, backcountry dance party, and a million other uses.

 

 

 

 

 

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